Creamy Mashed Potatoes

by Kris on November 17, 2011

Mashed potatoes are one of my favourite dishes at Thanksgiving. The creamier and fluffier the better. Unfortunately this usually means they are loaded with fat thanks to all the butter and cream.

I have a secret weapon for creamy mashed potatoes without all the fat. The same ingredient that makes mashed cauliflower so creamy also works really well with potatoes! Cream cheese is the game changer.

When I first made these mashed spuds for my mum, she cringed at the idea of cream cheese in her potatoes. She quickly changed her mind when she tried them and since has put me on potato duty during the holidays.

Try switching things up this holiday season and make this lighter and creamier version of mashed potatoes. Your guests and their waist bands will thank you.  

6 Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 Tbsp. salted butter
¼ cup Fat free cream cheese
2 Tbsp. Fat free sour cream
1-2 Tbsp. skim milk
fresh chives
salt and pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Add cubed potatoes and cover. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until potatoes are tender and easily pierced with a fork. Drain

Combine potatoes with butter, cream cheese, sour cream, and milk. Mash until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with fresh chives.

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Jaime November 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

About how many servings do you think this nets? I’m trying to serve 15!

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munchinwithmunchkin November 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm

It serves about 6-8, So I would at least double the recipe for 15. Good luck!

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Anna November 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Wow! This is a mych creamier version and with a healthier twist too. Great way to spice up a staple dish. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely try this!

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Cookie and Kate November 18, 2011 at 8:06 am

Yum! I grew up eating my great grandmother’s decadent mashed potato recipe—twice baked with cream cheese and sour cream. That will always be my favorite mashed potato recipe, but yours looks like a much healthier (and still totally delicious) alternative!

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munchinwithmunchkin November 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Your great grandmother’s mashed potatoes sound wonderful! I never thought of using baked potatoes. I’ll have to give that a try.

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