Save Energy — and Oven Space — With Stovetop Mashed Potatoes

Recipes and DIY

Your oven is already working extra hard during Thanksgiving. Need some extra real estate for your side dishes? Save your oven for the bird (and save energy too) with this mouthwatering rustic garlic mashed potato recipe, which can be prepared easily on a stove.

Recipe courtesy of The Kitchn. See original recipe.


·      2 ½ pounds red potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into 1-inch chunks

·      10 cloves peeled garlic

·      ½ cup buttermilk or milk (not nonfat)

·      4 tablespoons butter

·      Salt and pepper


1.         Put the potatoes and garlic in a saucepan or pot.

2.         Add cold water to one inch above the potatoes and garlic.

3.         Stir in one tablespoon of salt into the water and bring to a boil over high heat.

4.         When the water begins to boil, turn the heat down to low. Simmer the potatoes until they’re very tender (about 15 minutes).

5.         While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. When the butter is melted, add the buttermilk and heat until hot, but not boiling (about 2 minutes).

6.         When the potatoes are tender, drain them into a colander in the sink.

7.         Return the potatoes and garlic to the warm pot, then mash them with a potato masher until they reach your preferred texture. (Editors Note: we’re lumpy fans ourselves, but you do you).

8.         Stir the potatoes and garlic with the butter and milk mixture, and salt and pepper.

Need to keep the potatoes warm before serving? Keep the potatoes in the covered cooking pot for up to 30 minutes. Or you can transfer them to a slow cooker on its “warm” setting for up to two hours.

Save oven space and energy, and chow down on the tastiest mashed potatoes ever. You’re welcome. Looking for more stovetop side dishes? Check out these recipes.