Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes + Thanksgiving Day Menu

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Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes are creamy and cheesy flavored with garlic, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese and sour cream.

Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl.


Tomorrow’s the day. You’ve got about 24 hours to get it all done, but all you want to do is chat with me. It’s cool. All I want to do is chat with you, too! Besides, I did the whole bird-and-thanking-thing last week.

If you remember, just a few days ago I told you that tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, is the start of the Nativity Fast for us in the Orthodox faith, thus while you’re chomping down on those turkey legs, I’ll be over here inhaling peanuts and raw vegetables. And water.

I can probably have a helping or two of these amazing Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes, except I’ll have to eliminate the butter, the sour cream and the parmesan cheese… Considering all of that, looks like I’ll be having boiled potatoes. HA!

Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes |

I really hope that most of you are already prepared for tomorrow, and that your menus are done, but I thought it would be totally cool to put together a menu of those things that my family and I had on our early Thanksgiving table last week. I also thought that this menu might help you, or even inspire you while preparing for your big Thanksgiving dinner.

But, before I go on, I just want to tell you that I am very THANKFUL for each and every one of you. I am thankful that you come here day in and day out to read my ramblings, try my recipes, give me feedback and be my friend. Thank you for all your support – there are no words to express my gratitude. Thank you!

Now onto the grub!


Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls |


Spicy Hot Chocolate |

I also made a quart of this Spicy Hot Chocolate Mocha

LUNCH/DINNER {Scheduled for 3:00 pm. Didn’t happen until somewhere around 4:30… we are always late to our own parties}

Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey |

Rosemary Lemon Roasted Turkey made with infused rosemary-lemon olive oil, garlic and stuffing.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stuffing |

Cranberry & Sweet Potato Stuffing

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Candied Walnuts |

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples and Candied Walnuts

Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie + Giveaway |

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Somewhere in between all of this we were also sipping on my favorite Spiked Apple Cider

Spiked Apple Cider |

and a few glasses of Sangria!

Cranberry Upside-Down Puff Pastry Tart |

For DESSERT I served this Cranberry Upside Down Tart and a Chocolate Layer Cake that I can’t wait to share with you in the coming days!



Overhead shot of Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes in a white bowl.

Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

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WW Freestyle: 12
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Creamy and cheesy mashed potatoes with garlic, fresh herbs, parmesan cheese and sour cream.
Course: Side Dish/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 168


  • 6 large potatoes , washed and cut in 4 wedges
  • water
  • 1 stick butter
  • 6 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • salt and fresh pepper , to taste


  • Add cut potatoes into a large pot and cover with cold water.
  • Cook over medium heat and simmer potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Strain potatoes.
  • In a deep pot (you can use the one you used for the potatoes) add butter, garlic and rosemary sprigs.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until butter starts to brown.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Remove rosemary sprigs and discard.
  • Add potatoes to the prepared butter.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Depending on the saltiness of the parmesan cheese you are using, you may want to wait to salt the potatoes until the end.
  • Add parmesan cheese and sour cream; mash using a potato masher until smooth and creamy.
  • Taste for salt and pepper and adjust accordingly.
  • If you like the potatoes creamier, add more sour cream.
  • Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 717mg20%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 19.1mg23%
Calcium 153mg15%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: garlic mashed potatoes, homemade mashed potatoes, thanksgiving side dishes

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15 Responses
  1. Kirsten

    No matter when you have Thanksgiving, it’s a delicious meal. One year I made the spread 3 times in 4 months (on Thanksgiving, on Christmas day for my brother and his family visiting from Denmark, and a couple months later when my spouse returned from a deployment).
    I am smitten with the sweet potato cranberry stuffing photo–it looks so lovely!

  2. mjskit

    Well, you definitely had a full day of delicious eating!! What a feast both at breakfast and dinner! Looks like you and your family had a wonderful day!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I love your entire menu & these potatoes look so good (though what’s not to love with garlic and rosemary?!).

  4. A_Boleyn

    Dish after lovely dish. Even if I just had a small scoop or thin slice, I’d be stuffed. Happy Thanksgiving.

  5. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

    You are funny! Would love your last week’s menu that’s for sure! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Kate!!!

  6. Julia@Vikalinka

    Such wonderful spread and those mashed potatoes look incredible, definitely pinning the recipe! I sneak sour cream in mine once in a while too…must be those Slavic roots. 🙂

  7. Ramona

    Okay.. expect one more person for dinner… ME! 🙂 Looks like an amazing feast! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Ramona, it would be an absolute pleasure to have you and your family!!! Have a great Thanksgiving! xoxo

  8. Valerie

    This would be The perfect Thanksgiving spread! Wow. Thank you for sharing all your scrumptious recipes (and photos!). Can’t wait to see what you have lined up for December. XO

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