Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

My brother only eats 4 things.

He’s the one on the far left.

Macaroni n’ Cheese

S’mores Pop Tarts

Burgers and

Mashed Potatoes n’ Gravy.

This is no joke. Last year I made him a mashed potato panini with our thanksgiving leftovers…He still talks about it to this day.

Despite being probably one of the pickiest on the planet, I love him for his weirdness. Β I remember at one point he would refuse to eat anything besides mashed potatoes…And I dunno about you, but mashed potatoes at every family meal got old real fast. Not to him though. Every bite was like Christmas morning.

That’s what I am assuming anyway…It had to be! Why else would you eat it for every meal?!

I also have another brother who won’t eat his food if you touched it, or if other food was touching it. And then there is me who won’t eat meat or cheese, and prefers an abundance of spinach and hummus. Don’t forget about my hubby who prefers to eat food that is still mooing, if you catch my drift.

Oh, and our daughter who refuses to eat real foods, would much rather live off of ba-ba’s…

I bet you can guess how much my mom LoVeS to cook dinner for the whole family!

But sometimes there are ways around picky eaters. Ways that us mom’s, family chefs, etc. will never reveal…

Until now that is..

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

*I saw a similar recipe for this in my skinny bitch cookbook, but I didn’t have the cookbook with me when I made them. So I winged it! πŸ™‚ And the result turned out better than I expected.*

Ingredients:(for the potatoes)

2 rutabagas

2 med/large parsnips

1 medium potato

Almond milk (or other milk of choice)

2 TB. Earth Balance vegan butter

1 head garlic

olive oil

salt, pepper


1. First roast your garlic. Don’t know how to do that, well let me share with you how! πŸ™‚

How to Roast Garlic

First take a whole head of garlic.

Cut off the top of the garlic.

Peel off some of the extra skin around the head of the garlic. You don’t have to peel it all off, because your want some of it on to leave the cloves together.

Take a sheet of foil and place the garlic head on it. Drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Fold the garlic in the foil and cook in a preheated oven of 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

When it’s done it will look Β golden brown and smell like heaven!

I can’t say the same about your breath if you eat it…buuuutt…

2. While the garlic is roasting wash, peel, cut, and dice the rutabegas, parsnips, and potato.

These are rutabagas:

They kind of look like white beets. (Before these mashed potatoes, I didn’t know what a rutabaga was…I had to google it. Sad.)

These are parsnips.

Luckily I knew what these were. Only because I’ve made these fries. To.Die.For.

3. Add diced veggies in a pot of water and boil for about 45 minutes. Maybe longer (maybe shorter). I used a BIG (too big) pot of water, so it took longer to boil. So adjust the time to when the veggies are soft and cooked.

4. When they are cooked, drain them and put them back in the pot. Add the butter, a little bit of milk, and the whole head of garlic. The garlic will just fall out of the head simply by squeezing the bottoms and using a fork to aid them out.

5. Using a potato masher or beaters, mash the veggies together until smooth and creamy. Adding more milk will make them smoother. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. (I also like to add a little paprika and nutritional yeast.) You can mash them as creamy as you would like, or as chunky as you would like.

I prefer a chunky monkey!

But what about that gravy?

Vegetable Gravy


Vegetable broth

3 TB + 1 tsp. whole wheat flour

2 1/2 TB. Vegan butter


1. In a saucepan, melt butter on medium/low heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk until thick. Pour in veggie broth little by little, whisking until desired thickness is reached. I used a box of veggie stock and just kept adding more and more until I was satisfied. I used about 1/3 of a 32. oz box.

2. Pour over mashed potatoes or drink straight from pot….once cooled that is.

My brother ate it.

Baby Boo ate it.

My other brother ate it, just as long as it wasn’t touching his green beans.

My hubby ate it.

Oh, and I inhaled it…

Know one even knew that there were parsnips…rutabagas….really anything nutritious in them.


Story of my life with most food that I make for others…

Oh well! What they don’t know, really isn’t hurting them. πŸ™‚

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  1. White potatoes are one of the only vegetable I do not like… however, you’ve made these so good I think I would try them! Especially with the parsnips and garlic in there.

    When I roast garlic, I make several bulbs at a time and keep them in the freezer for quick use. They de-thaw perfectly and I can have instant garlicky gratification. πŸ™‚

    • I’m not a huge white potato fan either. Buuuut, I think you could maybe try a sweet potato?
      And I love the idea of freezing the garlic! What a great tip!

  2. Yum! These may make an appearance at Thanksgiving this year!! Maybe alongside Mama Pea’s Green Bean Casserole. Wonder if I can get away with a Tofurkey turkey , too. πŸ™‚

  3. Lol, I hate when my food touches on my plate. And if anyone else touches it then it’s now there’s. If you take a sip of my drink it is now yours. So I totally relate to this. One of my kids eats everything and anything. The other eats 5 things. So again, totally relate. I love this recipe. A nice healthy mashed potato recipe. Love it. And roasted garlic, it took me about 20 minutes to comment as I kept scrolling back up and drooling. Great post Ari!

    • Awe thanks Kim!!
      It’s so funny how everybody has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to certain foods. And I’m the same way with sharing drinks..Unless it’s with my husband. I don’t even share with my daughter tho, because she’s a back washer haha

  4. if your brother keeps that up, his future wife is gonna have it real easy when it comes to cooking dinner each night!

  5. Yum! I love the hidden veggies in there. I was always curious on how to make a veggie gravy, now I know!

  6. Your family sounds hilarious! This recipe looks so interesting. I love anything with roasted garlic so I’m sure this is a winner. πŸ™‚

  7. That picture of your brother is awesome. Could he BE less interested? Ha! Love it and sounds like this was a crowd pleaser. πŸ™‚ Miss you!!!!!!

  8. Wah, this looks wondeful and so comfortable! I can see why everyone loved this !
    Haha, yea, it must be hard to be a mum with lots of picky eats in the family! My Mum is not a fan πŸ˜‰ Luckily for her, at least I make my own food, and I like to help her out with making the “regular” foods too- just because cooking is fuuun πŸ™‚

  9. ohmygosh this is just brilliant! I’ve done the cauliflower mashed potatoes but never though of doing rutabagas/potatoes/parsnips! I have to try this… looks amazing =)

  10. Oh good for you! Love this idea. It looks delicious, and can’t wait to fool my hubby! πŸ™‚

  11. This recipe inspired me to roast garlic. Would have made the mashed potatoes but baking potatoes are my least favorite food in the entire world. I know that’s really weird… But I roasted garlic and made white bean soup w. roasted garlic. Didn’t come out exactly how I wanted so THEN I made the recipe you had posted a few days ago. That pumpkin spice cake thing from mama pea- but I just made the simple glaze like you did only I added some maple syrup. Came out really good thanks for the recipe. Keep posting I check your website EVERY-DAY… creepy huh? πŸ˜‰ If you make a fall soup anytime soon I will SO make that asap… jus’ sayin’.

  12. I just pinned this recipe ! Im making these for thanksgiving!

  13. Ohhhh I want to make this! I love disguising things! haha

  14. What kind of GF flour would you suggest for this recipe?


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