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Creamy herbed butter mashed potatoes are packed with flavor, dripping with buttery decadence, and can even be made up to 2 days ahead of time!

A casserole dish filled with herbed garlic mashed potatoes.

Do mashed potatoes even need an introduction? We all know and love mashed potatoes. They are the one side dish that everyone can agree on. Kids love them, adults love them, they are comforting and warm and buttery and…sorry, don’t mind the salivating over here. We are obviously huge fans, and there’s no need to just save this recipe for the holidays. We make it all year long!

Herbed garlic mashed potatoes are fantastic in more than just flavor. Did you know that they can be made ahead and spruced up right before serving? Just one more thing to love about mashed potatoes. Butter is drizzled over the tops of the potatoes right before serving giving them an indulgent look. As you scoop into the potatoes the butter seeps in and creates a creamy, buttery mashed potatoes that you’ll absolutely love.

  • Can Herbed Butter Mashed Potatoes be made ahead of time?

    Yes, and it is one of our favorite things about mashed potatoes! You can make your mashed potatoes up to 2 days ahead of time. Once your potatoes have been transferred to a baking dish in step 4, let them cool before covering and refrigerating. When you are ready to eat, heat your potatoes in a 425 degree oven until heated through. It should take approximately 30 minutes. Then proceed with the recipe in step 5.
  • Can I substitute butter with margarine?

    You really need the full fat of real butter in this recipe, and we cannot recommend margarine in place of real, creamy butter.
  • Can mashed potatoes be made dairy free?

    Plant based dairy alternatives have really come a long way in the last few years, and there are high quality butter and cream cheese replacements out there. Check your vegan/vegetarian section or visit a natural grocer to find a plant based cream cheese as well as butter. Make sure to use the plant based butter sticks, rather than margarine.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious potato side dish recipes:

Mashed potatoes served on a white plate.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes onYouTube,Facebook Watch, or ourFacebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Herbed Butter Mashed Potatoes

8 Servings

A casserole dish filled with herbed garlic mashed potatoes.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
  • 3 lbs. Russet potatoes peeled
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup butter divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried fennel
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons sliced chives
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Cut the potatoes into rough chunks, approximately 1-inch. Place chunks of potato into a large saucepan. Pour chicken broth over the potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add in garlic, basil, and fennel, and let cook about 1 minute. Pour in buttermilk and heat through. Set aside.
  • Drain potatoes. Place cream cheese in the bottom of a large mixing bowl and place drained potatoes over the top. Use a hand mixer to give the potatoes a little whip before pouring in the buttermilk mixture. Add in salt and mix with the hand mixer until completely whipped and smooth.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a baking dish. ***At this point you can let the potatoes cool for 30 minutes, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until eating time. Then simply remove the plastic wrap and heat them in a 425 degree oven for about 30 minutes until heated through. Proceed with the rest of the recipe.***
  • Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Sprinkle in chives. Pour butter over hot potatoes in the baking dish. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Serve hot.


Calories: 302kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 1037mg | Potassium: 843mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 620IU | Vitamin C: 18.8mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1.9mg
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Mashed Potatoes
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