Low-Fat Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Traditional mashed potatoes require a stick of butter for flavor and creaminess. But this is unnecessary when using Yukon Gold potatoes, naturally golden gems with a dense, creamy texture. Their flavor is enhanced in this recipe by adding a few garlic cloves and a bay leaf to the cooking water. The only butter used is a small amount that is melted and drizzled in a small pool on each serving, making a modest 6 grams of fat per serving seem like much more. 


  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cubed 
  • 4 garlic cloves 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1 cup 1-percent-fat milk  
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt  
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted and kept warm 


Place the potatoes, garlic and bay leaf in a large saucepan with water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and discard the bay leaf.

By food mill or ricer: Transfer the potatoes to a ricer or a food mill fitted with a medium disk, place it over the saucepan and push the plunger or rotate the handle to puree the potatoes. Add the milk.

By mixer: Return the potatoes to the saucepan with the milk. Using a handheld electric mixer on high speed, beat the potatoes until smooth; take care not to overbeat or they will become gummy.

Using a wooden spoon, stir the pureed potatoes over low heat until thickened. Stir in the salt.

Spoon the potatoes onto individual plates. Drizzle 1 1/2 tsp. of the butter over each serving. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Essentials of Healthful Cooking, by Mary Abbott Hess, Dana Jacobi & Marie Simmons (Oxmoor House, 2003).

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