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.
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6 Responses to “Healthy mashed potatoes”


  1. 1 Jaime August 31, 2008 at 4:35 am

    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…

  2. 2 Rachel August 31, 2008 at 4:50 am

    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!

  3. 3 Maryanna August 31, 2008 at 5:24 am

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

  4. 4 Steph August 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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

  5. 5 Ali (a.k.a. Cynical Nymph) August 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    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.

  6. 6 Vera September 1, 2008 at 5:22 am

    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 🙂


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