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“lite” fluffy mashed potatoes

October 7th, 2011 · 14 Comments

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I’m not sure if mashed potatoes will ever be considered a health food, but I certainly don’t feel guilty about giving myself a double portion of these. Instead of having a stick of butter, they have a mere tablespoon. To give the potatoes that same smooth, buttery taste, a bit of sour cream and a splash of milk goes a long way. The secret to these amazing potatoes isn’t just the ingredients, though. It’s also in how they’re cooked. Cook’s Illustrated originally posted the recipe for their light mashed potatoes in one cookbook and their alternative cooking method for full-fat potatoes in another cookbook. I decided to experiment with combining the new cooking method with their light mashed potato recipe and boy oh boy! These were the fluffiest, smoothest, creamiest, most delicious mashed potatoes I have *ever* eaten. The cooler fall and winter weather is a perfect excuse to load up my plate with these spuds.

I promise you that if you try these mashed potatoes, you’ll never go back to the old ways of making taters again!!!

“lite” fluffy mashed potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

recipe is a combination of two recipes from Cook's Illustrated - the fluffy mashed potato method combined with the "lighter" mashed potatoes recipe

Ingredients

2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes (4-6 medium), peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks, rinsed well, and drained
1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
1/2-3/4 cup low fat milk, room temperature
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt, plus extra to taste

Instructions

  1. Place a metal colander or steamer insert in a large pot or Dutch oven. Add enough water for it to barely reach bottom of colander. Turn heat to high and bring water to boil. Add the potatoes, cover, and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook the potatoes for 10 minutes. Transfer the potatoes in the colander to the sink and rinse the potatoes under cold water until no longer hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Return the colander and the potatoes to pot, cover, and continue to steam until potatoes are soft and tip of paring knife inserted into potato meets no resistance, 10 to 15 minutes longer.
  2. Place potatoes in the bowl of a standing mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat until only a few chunks remain. At this point, stir in sour cream, milk, melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt until incorporated. Continue to whisk on high until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional butter; serve immediately.
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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Simply Gourmet Photography // Oct 7, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    These look delicious! I also love the picture.

  • 2 Maria // Oct 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    No wai~ this is good for my dad, he has to lose weight xDD

  • 3 Russell at Chasing Delicious // Oct 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t even know what I’m making for dinner yet but your post has just helped me decide to make mashed potatoes!

  • 4 foodie // Oct 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    that looks really nice and simple… will definitely try it out

  • 5 Paula // Oct 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Maria, Russell, and Foodie – if you make these, please let me know how you like them! :) I think you’ll be delighted. :)

  • 6 Denise @ TLT // Oct 8, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Great idea, love this version of fluffy mash! And if you happen to have some leftovers: I just posted a nice recipe for that:)

  • 7 Ali // Oct 8, 2011 at 3:13 am

    This looks delicious. Potatoes have always been a delicacy at our home but mashed has always been my brother’s favorite. I’ll bookmark this and show him.

  • 8 Valerie // Oct 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    So when you return them to the pot, do you continue to steam the potatoes or do you then boil them? It says ‘cook’, so I am not sure. :)

  • 9 Paula // Oct 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Valerie – you continue to steam them. :) Good question. :) I’ll clarify it in the recipe notes above!

  • 10 Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 // Oct 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I love mashed potatoes, but I often skip them because I know they are so bad for me. I love the idea of cooking them differently so you don’t have to add as much butter or sour cream. Yum!

  • 11 Karen W. // Oct 20, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I made these today and they were awesome and cooked up fast! Thanks for the great recipe.

  • 12 Chloe@Fat Burning Furnace // Nov 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Mashed potatoes are just the best aren’t they?? However, these are not just regular ole mashies, these are homemade goodness! Yummy! Everyone loved these for my Thanksgiving meal yesterday!!

  • 13 Annie // Feb 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I just made these for the first time. Super good! Took them to friends’ as part of a meal we brought to them, so they were reheated in a casserole in the oven and eaten about 1 1/2 hours after they were cooked. They were devoured by everyone, including an 11 year old visitor who had already had supper! I used greek yogourt instead of sour cream. Great potato flavour, light and fluffy texture after ricing. Thanks for creatively adapting these two recipes :)

  • 14 Martha M // Feb 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I made these as part of my valentine’s day meal for my hubby. Let me just say these are heavenly!! I used a stand alone steamer and it worked perfectly. I did need to cook them for about 10 min more then directed, but I’m unsure if that was because of the steamer or the amount of potatoes. I used 6 potatoes but I would have deemed them med-lg. I also used about 1/2 cup more sour cream then directed. Again I think it was the quantity of potatoes ;) They were superb!! Awesome recipe Paula!!

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