Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lighter Garlic Mashed Potatoes

If you normally make mashed potatoes with heavy whipping cream, try this lighter version using buttermilk.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

2 lb Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2" pieces
3 lg cloves garlic, sliced
3/4 C low-fat (1%) buttermilk
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Combine potatoes and garlic in medium pot with salted water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.

Warm buttermilk in small saucepan over medium-low heat.

Drain potatoes and garlic. Push through potato ricer or food mill into medium bowl or mash with potato masher.

Beat buttermilk into potatoes. Beat in butter, salt, and pepper.

Tips and Tricks
Yukon gold potatoes have a creamy and flavorful flesh, but you can use any variety of potato. For additional potassium, leave the skins on. Try using powdered buttermilk. It has to be reconstituted, but lasts longer in your pantry. Follow the directions on the label. I also heat the buttermilk in the microwave on reduced power instead of in a saucepan to save time. Rather than slicing the garlic, I crush the clove with the flat side of a chef's knife.
Make It Healthier
Omit salt.
How Kids Can Help
Older kids can use a veggie peeler to peel the potatoes. Measure buttermilk, salt and pepper.
Recipe Source
Prevention Magazine

Nutrition Facts
One serving equals:
117.3 CAL
1.7 G
1 G
4.7 MG
176.6 MG
21.6 G
1.1 G
1.4 G
3.5 G

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