Saffron and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

by Erica Dinho on November 18, 2009

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 November 18, 2009 at 9:25 AM

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 Muneeba November 18, 2009 at 10:23 AM

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 rebecca subbiah November 18, 2009 at 10:58 AM

oh love this always wondering what to do with saffron have a lovely Thanksgiving Erica I am like you the Brits don’t do it either would why not since we are here LOL


4 L.Miller November 18, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Hello Erica!
What about the garlic? Does it go with the butter?
Thanks for your answer.


5 Erica November 18, 2009 at 12:00 PM

L.Miller- The garlic is cooked in the water with the potatoes.


6 Vinolia November 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM

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!!


7 monicajane November 18, 2009 at 1:14 PM

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!


8 Sarah Naveen November 18, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Oh wow!!! yummy !!!


9 Erica November 18, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Thank you all!!


10 Kim November 18, 2009 at 5:15 PM

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.


11 Jhonny Walker November 18, 2009 at 5:31 PM

This I will make this week. Awesome. You are terrific. Just how many delish recipes do you still have??? :) :) :) Way way way to go lady :)


12 Sook November 18, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Mmmm… the mashed potatoes look so creamy and yummy! I love adding garlic to my mashed potatoes, too.


13 Ben November 18, 2009 at 9:45 PM

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.


14 Hummingbird Appetite November 18, 2009 at 10:44 PM

What a way to make mashed potatoes decadent!


15 Oysterculture November 18, 2009 at 10:44 PM

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!


16 Erica November 19, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting my site :)


17 Joan Nova November 19, 2009 at 5:22 PM

You always do such interesting things, Erica. I love the idea of adding saffron to the potatoes.


18 Tangled Noodle November 19, 2009 at 9:44 PM

I should try this for our Thanksgiving meal! It would be a perfect way to add something new to what is usually a very traditional meal. Thank you for sharing!


19 Danielle November 20, 2009 at 12:30 AM

that sounds really good! I just wish saffron wasn’t so expensive :(


20 karen November 20, 2009 at 9:01 PM

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!


21 DebinHawaii November 21, 2009 at 4:57 AM

The potatoes sound (and look) amazing. Love the saffron!


22 Soma November 21, 2009 at 5:59 PM

We both did the saffron!! As you would understand this is something i would love. What a wonderful twist to the regular mashed potato.


23 Jordan November 25, 2009 at 2:53 AM

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!!


24 Erica November 25, 2009 at 8:05 AM

Jordan- You can add a couple cloves of roasted garlic! that sounds delicious.


25 Chef E November 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Ummm, a nice homey dish, now I want a bowl for lunch…


26 Erica November 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Thank you all! Glad you liked my recipe :)


27 nihaty December 4, 2009 at 6:37 AM

Many of the necessary vitamins are found in garlic as a natural antibiotic and food should be consumed in more than gives great flavor


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