I know there are thousands of Light Mashed Potatoes recipes out there, but most I could find add up to around 5 SP for a pretty smallish serving. And, to be honest, the ones I’ve tried have really lacked in flavor.
Over the years, I’ve developed a few tricks to help with the flavor and texture of lighter mashed potatoes. The first is flavoring the cooking water as much as possible. Adding in a bay leaf and salt really amps up the overall flavor without adding tons of butter and cream. I also use the old Italian pasta-cooking method–reserve some cooking water to loosen up the texture of the potatoes until it’s the consistency you like. Some like stiff potatoes, some like super milky potatoes. Keep adjusting and tasting until you hit your definition of perfection. I’ve also found that you really need to use Yukon gold potatoes; they have a much creamier texture than Russets.
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Lightened-Up Mashed Potatoes
- 2 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled (omit if you don't want the garlic flavor)
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tsp light butter
- 1/2 cup fat free half and half
- kosher salt
- ground pepper, to taste
- reserved cooking water
- Add potatoes and garlic to a large pot and cover completely with water. Add in bay leaf and 1 tbsp kosher salt (I know that sounds like a lot, but most of it will be drained away). Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water and set aside. Drain potatoes and let sit in the colander for about 5 minutes, allowing all of the moisture to evaporate/drain. Remove bay leaf. Return potatoes to pot.
- Add in butter and half and half. Mash, adding in cooking water a little bit at a time until you reach the consistency you like.
- Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as desired.