November 01, 2022

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

A dark wooden bowl is filled with fluffy mashed potatoes. You can see olive oil and pepper on top.

Shorter days and busier schedules have us all seeking simple solutions, and that's why olive oil mashed potatoes are a favorite side dish. You likely have a go-to mashed potato recipe, however, I'm publishing an olive oil version as a quick reference as you prepare for holiday entertaining. The recipe yields enough for 4 to 6 people.

5 Simple Ingredients

2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes
6 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 cup EVOO or garlic olive oil (we recommend Coratina)
2 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste (optional)

7 Easy Steps

  1. Peel, wash, and cut potatoes into 2 inch pieces
  2. Bring 4 quart saucepan to a boil, then add potatoes, garlic, and 2 tsp salt
  3. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until a fork can be inserted easily
  4. Drain potatoes and garlic, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid
  5. Mash potatoes by hand with a potato masher, or run them through a ricer or food mill if you have one
  6. Stir in half of the olive oil (¼ cup) along with the reserved potato water as needed until the mash reaches a soft consistency; you may not need all of it. Taste for salt at this stage, and add more if needed, along with freshly ground pepper, if desired
  7. Transfer into your serving bowl and pour the remaining ¼ olive oil on top, or substitute Roasted Garlic Oil for the final ¼ cup to add a layer of roasted garlic flavor

1 Watch Out

Do not overwork the potatoes as they will be glue-y.

Please enjoy!