Homemade mashed potatoes recipe

HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES RECIPE

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Who doesn’t love creamy, buttery mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving? They are the ultimate side dish and I have lightened them up! These homemade mashed potatoes remind me of my childhood. Also, I have added a twist to these mashed potatoes! They are packed with garlic, ranch, and tons of flavor! I’m sure you are going to love this combination of flavors and it will become your go-to mashed potato recipe!

How To Make Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients for homemade mashed potatoes

These homemade mashed potatoes are delicious and easy to make! To start, wash, peel, and cut your potatoes into even pieces. Then, add them to a pot or dutch oven. Cover them with cold water and salt the water.

potatoes in cold water

Let the potatoes boil on the stove over high heat. When the potatoes are almost done cooking add the riced cauliflower to the pot. Then, boil until the potatoes and cauliflower are cooked. Once cooked, put the ingredients in a strainer to drain the excess water.

Then, melt the light butter and cook the crushed garlic in the pot or in a separate saucepan. Next, mix the 0 fat greek yogurt and ranch seasoning together. After that, add the drained potatoes and cauliflower back to the pot along with the cooked garlic and butter. Then, use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Make sure to incorporate the greek yogurt and ranch seasoning sauce while mashing. Gently stir your potatoes when you are done mashing them and enjoy!

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Tips For Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Use Yukon Gold Potatoes

Homemade mashed potatoes are the best when they are made with Yukon Gold potatoes. Using Yukon Gold potatoes results in the most fluffy and creamy mashed potatoes. Also, they are super easy to mash and have more flavor. They are perfect in this recipe!

Cook The Potatoes In Cold Water

It is important that the chopped potatoes begin cooking in cold salted water. This ensures that the potatoes will cook evenly.

Don’t Overmix Mashed Potatoes

It is very important not to over-mash or overmix your mashed potatoes. This prevents them from becoming gummy.

How To Thin Out Mashed Potatoes

If your mashed potatoes turn out too thick or you would like them to be a thinner consistency, you can always add some milk. I recommend starting with a few tablespoons of milk to get the desired consistency. Also, you can use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of milk.

What To Enjoy With Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish that can be enjoyed with many other dishes! Mashed potatoes are often enjoyed throughout the holidays and with other Thanksgiving meals such as turkey.

homemade mashed potatoes

We love enjoying these mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving with our best ever healthy mac and cheese, homemade cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie! Also, these mashed potatoes pair perfectly with our Italian turkey meatloaf. The options are endless!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Mashed Potatoes

Can I Make Mashed Potatoes Ahead Of Time?

Yes, these homemade mashed potatoes can be made ahead of time! When you are ready to enjoy them you can heat them up in the oven. If you are going to do this you may need to add some milk and give them a mix before putting them in the oven as they may be a little thick from being in the refrigerator. Start with 1/4 cup of milk if needed. Then, bake the mashed potatoes at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until warmed through.

How Long Do Homemade Mashed Potatoes Last?

Homemade mashed potatoes last 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to store them in an airtight container. If you do not plan on eating all of them by then you can freeze them for another time!

Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes?

Yes, mashed potatoes can be frozen! They will last up to 2 months in the freezer in a freezer-safe container. When it comes to defrosting, leave them in the fridge overnight to thaw completely.

Are Mashed Potatoes Healthy?

Yes, these garlic ranch mashed potatoes are healthy. They are low in fat and a great source of potassium. Also, we lightened them up by using greek yogurt and some riced cauliflower. You can’t even tell that there’s greek yogurt or cauliflower in this recipe! Also, the ranch powder and garlic maximize the flavor without adding fat. The greek yogurt adds creaminess to the potatoes.

How To Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm

If you are not serving your mashed potatoes immediately you can always put them in a slow cooker on low to keep them warm.

How Long Do You Boil Potatoes To Make Mashed Potatoes?

First, make sure to peel and cut your potatoes into the same-sized pieces so they cook evenly. Then, cover them with cold water in a dutch oven or pot. Once the cold water has come to a boil you can boil them for 15-20 minutes. You will know that the potatoes are done cooking when a fork goes through them without resistance.

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HOMEMADE MASHED POTATOES RECIPE

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Shawna Course: SidesCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

83

kcal

Who doesn’t love creamy, buttery mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving? These healthy homemade mashed potatoes are packed with garlic, ranch, and tons of flavor! 

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Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 2 TBSP salt (for the cold water)

  • 12 oz riced cauliflower (fresh or frozen)

  • 1 TBSP light butter

  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 CUP 0 fat greek yogurt

  • 1 ½ TBSP ranch seasoning

Directions

  • If you are using frozen riced cauliflower, let it defrost while you make the mashed potatoes. Then, wash, peel, and cut your potatoes into the same-sized small pieces. This will make sure they are cooked evenly. Add the chopped potatoes to your pot or dutch oven and cover them with COLD water and 2 TBSP of salt. Make sure there are 1-2 inches of water above all of the potatoes. Let the potatoes boil on the stove over high heat.
  • Once the water starts boiling cook the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. When the potatoes are cooked a fork will go through them without any resistance. Check the potatoes after 15 minutes of boiling and if they are almost done add the riced cauliflower to the pot. Then, boil for an additional 5-6 minutes until the potatoes and cauliflower are cooked.
  • Once cooked, put the ingredients in a strainer to drain the excess water. Melt the light butter and cook the crushed garlic in the pot or in a separate saucepan while the ingredients are draining. Cook the garlic and butter on low so they don’t burn. It will take about 1 minute for the garlic to cook and for the butter to melt.
  • Mix the 0 fat greek yogurt and ranch seasoning together. Add the drained potatoes and cauliflower back to the pot along with the cooked garlic and butter. Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes. Also, make sure to incorporate the greek yogurt and ranch seasoning sauce while mashing. Gently stir your potatoes when you are done mashing them. Don’t over-mash or overmix your potatoes unless they will become gummy. Enjoy!

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  • The WW points are per serving and this recipe makes 8 servings.
  • WW Points™: 3 points
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Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories83
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 1.5g 3%
    • Saturated Fat 0.9g 5%
  • Cholesterol 4mg 2%
  • Sodium 110mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 14.5g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
    • Sugars 1.6g
  • Protein 3.5g 8%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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