Mashed Red Potatoes

Have you ever eaten a potato that is so fresh the skin is still paper thin and fragile? New potatoes need to be handled with a little extra care, but they are worth the trouble. Like most other vegetables, you can taste the difference when eating a freshly harvested potato.

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I contemplated showing you what my hands look like after I have dug for potatoes, but decided the picture was too unappetizing. I dig for potatoes with bare hands because the skin is so fragile that it is easily torn. I tore the skin on the above potato just by washing it a little too vigorously.

Mashed Red Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 8
  • 3 lbs. red potatoes, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil, separated
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (How to Make Vegetable Broth)
  1. In a large pot, boil potatoes until they can easily be pierced by a fork. Drain and rinse the potatoes.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, brown the minced garlic and diced onion in 1 tablespoon of oil.
  3. Mash the potatoes; adding garlic and onion mixture, oil, and pepper. Add the broth slowly to achieve the desired texture.


More Potato Recipes:

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Purple Mashed Potatoes
Hasselback Red Potatoes
Fast and Easy Hashbrowns
Herb Roasted New Potatoes
Garlic and Rosemary Red Potatoes

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. There is nothing like a new potato.
    Your recipe sounds so good -i like the idea of vegetable broth in it.

  2. Yes, and there's nothing like it! Smashed new potatoes are a fave around this house….and I now wish I had some for breakfast ;) Thank you for sharing with t4t this week!

  3. I also like to boil them and then add some garlic, butter, parsley, salt/pepper and parm-reg. Potatoes dishes are endless and you can do so much with them! Yum!

  4. Ooh yummy. I love new potatoes. So good. I am almost drooling looking at this post.

  5. Now that's the very best kind of potato – so new the skin is transparent, boiled lightly, slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt and pepper! :)

  6. the clark clan says:

    Alea, all i can say is yum yum yum! I adore mashed new potatoes! Thanks for sharing on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! Alex@amoderatelife

  7. Butterpoweredbike says:

    No, Alea, you don't understand! You don't understand just how much I love potatoes, most especially freshly dug reds! If you understood, you wouldn't post such tempting pictures, now would you?


    Thanks for making my tummy growl for Two for Tuesday!

  8. Leah @ Beyer Beware says:

    Yummy. Love the red potatoes and the garlic. Absolutely after my heart.

  9. Alea,
    let me join in the potato love! Any potato mashed is wonderful, but fresh new potatoes are unbelievable. I am hungry now too. Thanks for a great Two for Tues. link-up!

  10. Our potatoes this year were volunteers. What a surprise when they came up, and what a surprise when we dug them up: beautiful red potatoes with paper thin and fragile skin. We got a whole grocery bag full, and I made mashed potatoes, potato salad, roasted potatoes and a couple of other dishes. They were divine . . . .

    They're gone now, but your post brought back lovely memories.

    I do not understand at all how anyone can eat potatoes from a box.

  11. All of you speak with such passion about new potatoes…sure, I picked up some at the store once to make a yummy potato salad, but most of the time I stick with russets. I am obviously missing something very special in the potato world, so I'll have to indulge sometime! ;)

  12. Alison @ Hospitality Haven says:

    Mmm…mashed potatoes are such a delicious comfort food in the fall! :)

  13. The Book Lady Online says:

    Oh yummy!! Love freshly dug potatoes :) And your recipe sounds wonderful and you pictures are making me hungry :) Yum!!

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