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Healthy Recipes for Mashed Potatoes

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Mashed Roots with Buttermilk & Chives

Plain mashed potatoes may seem a bit tame after you've tried this flavorful version, 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.

» Mashed Roots with Buttermilk & Chives

Mashed Garlicky Potatoes with Portobello Gravy

The creamy texture of these mashed potatoes is achieved without using cream or milk. The secret is to use the cooking liquid to moisten the puree, adding just a small amount of butter or olive oil to provide a luxurious finish. Top them with this rich gravy that can be made with fresh shiitakes as well as portobellos. Leave the mushroom pieces in for a chunky-style sauce or strain them out for a velvety consistency.

» Mashed Garlicky Potatoes with Portobello Gravy

Vermont Cheddar Mashed Yukon Golds

Extra-sharp Cheddar and buttermilk add a tangy punch to these mashed potatoes. And, yes, we may be a bit biased, but we prefer Vermont Cheddar cheese.

» Vermont Cheddar Mashed Yukon Golds

Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

Mashing broccoli with cheese and potatoes might just be the ticket to getting your kids to eat their veggies.

» Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

The addition of delicious sweet potatoes gives a nutrient boost to mashed potatoes. Double it: Cook the potatoes in a Dutch oven rather than a large saucepan.

» Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Parsley Smashed New Potatoes

Freshly dug, true “new” potatoes are so creamy and flavorful they hardly need any additional ingredients to make them spectacular. Here we tumble them with a bit of butter, tangy yogurt, scallions and just-chopped fresh parsley. If new potatoes are not available, use any small red potatoes.

» Parsley Smashed New Potatoes

Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole

Fancy up regular mashed potatoes with a layer of mushroom duxelle—a sauté of finely chopped mushrooms and shallots. We omitted the traditional butter in the duxelle and added chard for a nutritional boost. Serve this hearty side in place of mashed potatoes at any holiday feast or enjoy it as a vegetarian main dish.

» Layered Mashed Potato & Mushroom Casserole


Few things say “comfort food” like mashed potatoes. Traditional mashed potato recipes are made with loads of butter, cream and salt, making them terribly bad for us. But don’t despair; the cooks in the EatingWell Test Kitchen have given classic mashed potato recipes a healthy makeover. Potatoes mashed with garlic are full of flavor—not fat. Try a mashed potato casserole recipe layered with chard and mushrooms for an impressive Thanksgiving side dish. Or add some color to your plate with mashed sweet potatoes. So don’t pass on the mashed potatoes—make these healthier mashed potato recipes instead!

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