Mashed potatoes are a classic family staple. It is a potato recipe that is constantly being reinvented, from the Thanksgiving table to expensive restaurants to ambiguous boxed mixes, and with good reason — this vegetable side is warm, comforting and timeless. Enjoy this classic dish with a healthy spin in this Red Mashed Potatoes with Greek Yogurt & Chives recipe.
Despite a long reputation for terrible nutrition and weight gain, the most recent newsworthy evidence to the contrary came from Washington State Potato Commissioner, Chris Voigt. In late 2010, Voigt ate nothing but potatoes for sixty days to promote their nutritional value. He succeeded in his awareness campaign when, at the end of his potato diet, he lost over twenty pounds and lowered his cholesterol by nearly seventy pounds. (Read more about Voigt’s campaign here.) As it happens, potatoes are extremely high in vitamin C and fiber; they also help fight heart disease and cancer.
This particular mashed potato recipe, as opposed to many that utilize sour cream, whipping cream or copious amounts of butter, features Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has even more health benefits than regular yogurt: it has fewer carbs, double the protein and half the sodium. It also has a thicker and creamier texture, as it has been strained and has less water, which makes it an excellent substitute for less desirable creams.
Start with these Red Mashed Potatoes with Greek Yogurt & Chives, and launch a flavorful introduction to traditional Greek yogurt. Check out the current sale at Safeway on Fage Greek Yogurt, where you can purchase a 17.6-oz tub for $2.99 (regularly priced at $4.79). There are also sweet flavors available if you decide to branch out, such as Honey, Blueberry Acai or Cherry Pomegranate — check out the wide selection, and enjoy a healthy boost to your diet.
- 2 lbs red creamer potatoes (also called red petite potatoes)
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped (Plus additional chives for garnish if desired)
- 2 tsp salt
Chop red potatoes into like-sized pieces. Bring potatoes to a boil in a large pot. Cook at a rolling boil for 20-25 minutes. The potatoes are done once you can pierce them with a fork without meeting any resistance. Remove from heat and drain.
Using a potato masher or two forks, mash the potatoes. Cut the butter into small pieces, and mix into the potatoes. Add Greek yogurt, milk, garlic powder, salt and chives. Stir until thoroughly combined. Garnish with chives, and serve.