Easy to cook and incredibly delicious, these Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes might just become your next favorite side!
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With just 10 minutes of prep time, here’s a kickass creamy and ridiculously delicious side recipe you just can’t go wrong with. Pair it up with our fabulous pork shoulder roast, meatloaf bites or Beef Short Ribs.
Mashed potatoes are so versatile, and are the perfect side to stick to no matter what you make- whether at home or for that little dinner party you’re hosting.
This one has some subtle garlicky notes in there with a super flavorful and buttery aftertaste you just can’t go wrong with.
Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to know beforehand.
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Do I Really Need to Peel & Cut the Potatoes Before Boiling Them?
It actually depends totally on you- there’s no difference between peeling the potatoes before boiling them or afterwards.
You also don’t necessarily need to cut them beforehand as well. Cutting them into small chunks just helps lessen its cooking time in the instant pot.
Which Potatoes are Best for Garlic Mashed Potatoes?
Yukon gold and russet potatoes are both the best ones to opt for when it comes to making mashed potatoes.
Both of these varieties have the most creamy and buttery texture and flavor, and while they might be just a teeny bit pricey, they are totally worth it.
You can also do a mix of both if you’re feeling ambitious.
Should I Wait For the Potatoes to Cool Down?
While most good recipes need one key ingredient- patience, this is not one of those. Infact, with mashed potatoes, you have to be quick.
Once your potatoes are going boiling, don’t wait for them to cool down before you throw in the other ingredients. Begin work immediately.
That way, all the delicious flavors can stay sealed in and you’ll get that perfect creamy texture to your dish as well.
Also remember that the potatoes won’t be able to absorb all the liquid at once, so don’t add it all together. Keep adding the stock little by little until you reach the consistency you prefer.
Another cool tip to make sure your mashed potatoes are creamy is to heat the cream and milk before you add them into the potato mixture. This way, it will be more easily absorbed into the potatoes.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
You might already be preparing these garlic mashed potatoes as a side to one or more of your dishes, but if you’re still on the hunt for some inspiration, or haven’t finalized anything yet, here are some ideas to get you started.
- Roast beef or literally any other kind of meat
- Grilled chicken or any other white meat
- Teriyaki salmon
- Grilled or fried fish
- Corned beef
- Stews with any kind of meat
- Grilled or steamed veggies
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