A fluffy mashed potatoes that’s completely free of butter and heart-healthy? I’ll take a pool-full PLS.
Today’s recipe is here to answer your foodie prayer for lightened-up Thanksgiving eats! I know the holidays can be tricky for those trying to eat healthy and keep from over-indulging. You’re looking to stay on track, but endless amounts of baked goods and butter-laden dishes are flashed in your face and, let’s be honest, resistance is futile. You think you’re grabbing some salad, but you look down at your plate and you *somehow* managed to get half a pie on your plate. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? It’s a mystery.
In my opinion, the best solution to bridge the gap between healthy + holiday comfort food is to revamp your favorite recipes to have a healthy twist.
So voila! I think we can all agree that mashed potatoes take a top spot when it comes to Thanksgiving food. Creamy, fluffy, and super rich in flavor that goes well with just about every other dish that’s out. Unfortunately, that rich flavor usually is a result of copious amounts of butter and fat that is not very conducive to a healthy diet. This recipe gets you that EXACT same rich taste, but without the saturated fat and extra calories with the use of heart-healthy olive oil.
Not just any olive oil, though. This olive oil is infused with plenty of garlic cloves and it makes for some killer flavor! I plan on making a triple batch for Thanksgiving this year since my entire extended family are coming to our family house for the holiday and we’re all mashed potato fiends. Prepare for potatoes!
- 2 lb golden Yukon potatoes
- ⅓ cup extra virgin love oil
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- ¼ cup sour cream, optional
- Bring a large pot of water to boil and boil the potatoes until very fork tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking, add the olive oil to a medium pot and heat on medium-high heat. Add the smashed garlic cloves and cook for 5 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic. Set aside.
- Throw the potatoes in a stand mixer and stir till the potatoes are broken up. Stir in the olive oil and season with plenty of salt and pepper. If you'd like an extra tang, stir in the sour cream as well!