Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Chives

April 28, 2012  •  Vegetables

I don’t know many kids who don’t love mashed potatoes. Here’s a recipe to surprise your parents with – adding a little bit of buttermilk to your potatoes along with some chives will make them seem a bit more grown up, but I promise you’ll still love them!

Buttermilk Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Chives
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
  • 1 to 1¼ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (or other variety of potato)
  • ½ cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic chives (or regular chives)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Tell your parents you'd like to help make dinner and ask for their supervision!
  2. With the help of a parent, clean the potatoes under cold water then carefully cut into 1 inch cubes. Add to a pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Carefully drain.
  3. Return cooked potatoes to the pot and add buttermilk and butter and use a potato masher to smash them together, combining the buttermilk and butter as you do so. Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper to taste.
I like to keep the skin on the potatoes because it's filled with vitamins and adds fiber to your food which is good for you. But if you don't like it, you can peel your potatoes first. Buttermilk is the lowfat thick milk that's left after making butter. It's not good to drink on its own because it's tangy, but that's what makes it so good in mashed potatoes!


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