Saffron and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed PotatoesWe don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Colombia, as it is an American holiday, but since meeting my American husband, I celebrate this American tradition with his family. I am sure most Colombians would love to have another day to celebrate and an excuse to have a party :).

A classic side dish that I usually see on a Thanksgiving Day table is potatoes. So, today I am giving you my saffron and garlic mashed potatoes recipe, which has delicious flavor from the saffron. Why not try this recipe on Thanksgiving Day?



(6-8 servings)

  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 large pinch of saffron
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Place the potatoes and garlic in a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook the potatoes until fork tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and drain.
  2. Place the potatoes back in the pot and return to the heat. Stir the potatoes, constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes to dehydrate the potatoes. Remove the potatoes from the heat.
  3. Add the butter. Using a hand held masher, mash the butter into the potatoes.
  4. Place the milk in a saucepan with the saffron and cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add cream and saffron milk. The potatoes should still be sort of lumpy. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
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  1. Claudia Medeiros says

    I love mashed potaoes and this recipe with saffon and garlic is so original and perfect for a celebration meal :)
    Thanks for sharing one more wonderful recipe, Erica !

    Have a beautiful Wednesday :)

  2. says

    I would never have paired mashed potatoes with saffron … but now I’m looking at your gorgeous creation and thinking “I’ve been missing out!!” … will definitely try this soon.

  3. says

    My teddies love mashed potatoes with their Steaks. nice variation of the classic purée with saffron and garlic. but where should we add the garlic? maybe along with the potatoes…have a nice day Erica!!

  4. says

    I love saffron…this sounds great. I’m Italian and we’ve always celebrated Thanksgiving with both traditional American foods as well as Italian stuff…I like that!

  5. says

    I never thought of mixing saffron with mashed potatoes, but I’m all for it!! I need to buy some saffron and when I do I will add them to mashed potatoes for sure.

  6. says

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Mexico either, but I am sure Mexicans would love to have another excuse to have a party, like I do. LOL. This recipe is brilliant. Saffron makes everything taste better.

  7. says

    I always think of mashed potatoes as such an ordinary food, even though they are one of my favorites and here you have elevated it to elite status with the addition of saffron. Wow!

  8. says

    It will just be me and my husband for Thanksgiving dinner this year and because we won’t have family around, I want it to be extra special because we’ll miss them so much. This sounds like a perfect side!

  9. Jordan says

    Wow…I saw my little jar of saffron hiding tonight in the back of my spice cabinet and thought to myself..hmmm…what if I added them to my mashed potatoes! Low and behold…a quick google search brought up your recipe and the need to forage my own recipe and chance possible disaster had been alleviated! THANK GOODNESS!! I can’t wait to try your recipe on Thanksgiving. 1 question…do you think adding a little roasted garlic to the potatoes would overpower the subtlty of the saffron? I like your ‘gentle’ garlic approach of boiling it with the potatoes but I am a huge garlic fan. Any suggestions? Thanks again!!

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