These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic are not only creamy but packed full of delicious flavors. This is the best mashed potato recipe that is easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner but elegant enough to be on the holiday dinner table.
Mashed Potatoes in the Instant Pot
It took me a while to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon, but I finally got there. It has so many functions, but I especially like cooking potatoes in it. I have an Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 and I really like it for an easy way to set in and forget it, which is especially nice when you are cooking a large meal for Thanksgiving or Christmas. There are usually so many things going on in the oven and stovetop, that it's nice to have these "out of the way". Here are a few tips for using an Instant Pot if you are new to pressure cooking:
- Don't forget to add liquid to the pot with the potatoes. It's a required element for the steam to build up to create the pressure needed to cook the potatoes.
- Make sure your sealing ring is properly put in place. If it's not in the correct spot, it will not be able to come to pressure.
- The instant pot will need time to come to pressure and will also need time to release the pressure afterward. This is not included in the cooking time and needs to be accounted for. Typically it takes 10-15 minutes to come to pressure and about 5-10 minutes to quickly release the pressure. Times can vary based on different models.
- After the lid is placed on and locked into place, turn the pressure valve to "seal" before starting the cooking time. If you forget to do this, it will not come to pressure.
- When it's time to release the pressure, carefully flip the valve to "vent". The steam will immediately come out in full force and make a loud noise. Keep your hand clear of the venting area or you will get burned.
What Potatoes are Best for Mashed Potatoes?
Hands down, Yukon Gold Potatoes are best for mashed potatoes. Their dense texture and low starch content make them best for mashed potatoes. Russet potatoes on the other hand, have a higher starch content and not as much water, which makes them best for baking or frying. Of course you can always use what you have on hand, whether it be red, russet or even another variety. But, if you want the creamiest most buttery texture to your mashed potatoes, Yukon Gold is where it's at.
How to Roast Garlic in the Oven
Now that you know how to use the instant pot and which potatoes are best to use, it's time to roast the garlic. Roasted garlic is one of those flavors that can take a dish from 0 to 100, real quick. When you roast garlic, it caramelizes and brings an amazing depth of flavor to any dish. It does take a little bit of time, but the results are well worth it. The time it takes to roast garlic in the oven, is about the same time it takes to prepare and cook the potatoes in the instant pot. If you chose to roast your garlic ahead of time, it will keep about 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
- First, slice off the top of the head of garlic, just enough to expose the cloves, the top ¼ should do.
- Next, lay the head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil that is large enough to wrap around the entire head.
- Drizzle the exposed cloves of garlic with olive oil and wrap the foil tightly around the head of garlic.
- Place the prepared garlic in a shallow baking dish and roast at 400° for 40-45 minutes.
When the cloves are very soft and reach a deep golden brown color, you know they are ready. Then, you simply squeeze out the softened, caramelized cloves and add them to your potatoes.
I hope you enjoyed this easy recipe for Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic. For more easy side dish recipes, check out these tasty ones below:
- Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
- Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Stovetop White Macaroni & Cheese
- Savory Cornbread Pudding with Jalapeno and White Cheddar
- Maple Pecan Sweet Potatoes
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