Garlic Mashed Potatoes

November/December 1994

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What could be more satisfying than mashed potatoes? The challenge lies in making them rich and creamy without an excess of butter and cream. In this version, the potatoes are flavored with poached garlic, thinned with chicken stock and enriched with a small amount of reduced-fat sour cream. The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

"no, you do not discard the garlic. it is to be mashed together with the potatoes. i added a lot more sour cream and broth than the recipe called for to get the right texture and taste. definitely a favorite, a winner at yesterday's...
Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 2 pounds all-purpose potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold (4-6 potatoes), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, heated
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste


  1. Place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pan. Shake the pan over low heat to dry the potatoes slightly. Remove the pan from the heat.
  2. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or an electric mixer (do not use a food processor). Add enough hot broth to make a smooth puree. Stir in sour cream and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: To keep the potatoes warm until serving time, set the pan or serving bowl in a larger pan of barely simmering water and place a piece of parchment or wax paper over the surface of the potatoes.


Per serving: 204 calories; 1 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 4 mg cholesterol; 45 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 613 mg sodium; 727 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (29% daily value), Potassium (21% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 2 1/2 starch

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