Mashed Potatoes

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Photo: Marty Baldwin
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
4

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pound baking potatoes (such as russet or Yukon gold), peeled and quartered

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoon butter or margarine

  • 3 - 5 tablespoon milk

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Butter or margarine (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan cook potatoes and the 1/2 teaspoon salt, covered, in enough boiling water to cover for 20 to 25 minutes or until tender; drain. Mash with a potato masher or beat with an electric mixer on low speed. Add butter. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Gradually beat in enough milk to make mixture light and fluffy. If desired, serve with butter.

  2. Makes 4 servings.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

Prepare as above, except add 4 peeled garlic cloves to water while cooking potatoes and substitute 2 tablespoons olive oil for the butter.Per 3/4 cup: 171 cal., 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat),1 mg chol., 303 mg sodium, 24 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 3 g pro.Daily Values: 32% vit. C, 3% calcium, 6% iron.Exchange: 1 1/2 Starch 1 Fat

Pesto Mashed Potatoes:

Prepare as above, except add 2 tablespoons purchased pesto along with the butter.Per 3/4 cup: 212 cal., 11 g total fat (4 g sat. fat),17 mg chol., 402 mg sodium, 25 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 4 g pro.Daily Values: 4% vit. A, 30% vit. C, 2% calcium, 5% iron.Exchange: 1 1/2 Starch 2 Fat

Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes:

Prepare as above, except add 1/2 cup dairy sour cream with the butter. Stir 2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives into the potatoes just before serving. If desired, sprinkle with additional snipped fresh chives.Per 3/4 cup: 209 cal., 11 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 27 mg chol., 356 mg sodium, 25 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 4 g pro.Daily Values: 8% vit. A, 32% vit. C, 5% calcium, 5% iron.Exchange: 1 1/2 Starch 2 Fat

Cheesy Chipotle Potatoes:

Prepare as above, except stir 1/4 cup shredded smoked cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (2 ounces) and 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce into potatoes before serving.Per 3/4 cup: 215 cal., 11 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 31 mg chol., 437 mg sodium, 24 g carbo., 2 g fiber, 7 g pro.Daily Values: 7% vit. A, 30% vit. C, 13% calcium, 6% iron.Exchange: 1 1/2 Starch 1/2 High Fat Meat 2 Fat

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
6g Fat
23g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 344mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 17.7mg 89%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 643mg 14%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

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

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