1 tablespoon butter or tub-style vegetable oil spread
⅛ teaspoon ground sage
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup fat-free milk
1 recipe Miniature Pumpkin Bowls (optional)
Fresh sage leaves (optional)
In a covered large saucepan, cook potatoes and garlic in enough boiling water to cover for 20 to 25 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain. Mash with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed until nearly smooth. Beat in canned pumpkin, cream cheese, butter, ground sage, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Gradually add milk, beating until light and fluffy. Return to saucepan; heat through.
If desired, spoon mashed potatoes into Miniature Pumpkin Bowls and garnish with sage leaves.
To prepare the optional Miniature Pumpkin Bowls: Preheat oven to 325°F. Cut off ½ inch from the tops of 4 miniature pumpkins (6 to 8 ounces each); discard tops. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds and membranes and discard. Place pumpkins, cut sides down, on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or just until pumpkins are easily pierced with a fork.