Saturday, August 30, 2008

Healthy mashed potatoes

I love mashed potatoes (I put ketchup on mine, people think that's weird), but I don't love the pounds of butter and cream that are usually in them.  These have no butter at all, and they taste awesome.  I was too lazy to roast garlic to mix in, so I used a little garlic powder instead and they were still really good.  I happen to have a pot of fresh chives in the kitchen, so I used those, but this recipe would still be just fine with only salt and pepper.
This was also the first time I used my potato ricer.  I love it!

makes 3-4 servings
1.5 lbs potatoes (I used small white ones, but Yukon Golds are great!)
3 cups unsalted chicken broth (vegetable broth would work too)
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch garlic powder
2 tsp chopped fresh chives

Cut the potatoes in quarters and put in a large saucepan. 
Add the broth, and boil for about 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
Drain, reserving the broth.
Put the potatoes through a potato ricer (or just mash them up), and beat in about 1/2 cup of broth with a wooden spoon. Add a little more broth if needed to make the texture creamier.
Stir in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chives.
Taste, and adjust seasonings if necessary.


Jaime said...

no butter and still flavorful? i have to try these! :) have you ever tried mashed cauliflower? i've heard it tastes very similar to mashed potatoes, w/o all the carbs...

Rachel said...

These sound great. I am going to try them this week! And don't be skeptical about the Buffalo Chicken Dip. It really is SO good. But not figure friendly!

Maryanna said...

I love mashed potatoes, and I'm glad you gave me a healthier way to make them.

Steph said...

I totally agree with you on the butter and the cream! I would love to try your version of healthy mashed potatoes.

Ali (a.k.a. Cynical Nymph) said...

I am definitely going to try this! We use Smart Balance Lite and fat free half & half with mashed potatoes, but that just gets me revved up about chemicals, lol. These all sound like great tricks to make is healthier, and a little less preservative-filled.

Vera said...

Cate, I often skip even a chicken stock; just leave some of the hot liquid in a pot and mash it altogether. Well, caramelized onions(in oil, not butter :) improves it quite a bit :) And I don't mind ketchup at all :)