For some people, Thanksgiving dinner
is all about turkey
. For my sister and me, it’s all about mashed
. The first thing we put on our plates is a big pile of potatoes—everything else is just garnish. When
it’s time to dig into leftovers, I always heat up mashed potatoes and gravy. (Learn
how to make perfect lump-free gravy.
) But when I watched my mom make my beloved mashed potatoes one year (because
I wanted to learn how to make them), I was horrified at all of the butter and cream she added.
But you can make delicious mashed potatoes that are healthier. Here are 4 recipes to try
1. Use poached garlic
and a small amount of reduced-fat sour cream to give Garlic Mashed Potatoes
delicious flavor without a
lot of fat. (The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.)
2. Extra-sharp Cheddar and buttermilk add a tangy punch to Vermont Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
yes, we may be a bit biased, but we prefer Vermont Cheddar cheese.
3. Try something different and make Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom
it has a layer ofsautéed finely chopped mushrooms, shallots and chard in the middle. It also makes a
great vegetarian main dish.
4. Plain mashed potatoes may seem a bit tame after you’ve tried Mashed Roots with Buttermilk &
, full of celery root, rutabaga and Yukon Gold potatoes and mashed with sweet garlic and tangy buttermilk.
Finish the dish with a handful of snipped fresh chives.