Mashed potatoes: Just as good as Mom’s, but healthier
For some people, Thanksgiving dinner is all about turkey or pumpkin pie . For my sister and me, it’s all about mashed potatoes . 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 this Thanksgiving .
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 . And, yes, we may be a bit biased, but we prefer Vermont Cheddar cheese.
3. Try something different and make Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole —it has a layer of sautéed 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 & Chives , 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.
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Carolyn Malcoun , Healthy Cooking Blog
Carolyn Malcoun combines her love of food and writing as a recipe contributor for EatingWell. Carolyn has a culinary arts degree from New England Culinary Institute and a degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison. Carolyn lives in Burlington, Vermont, and enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and running in her free time.
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