In the February 2011 issue of Southern Living magazine I had earmarked a recipe for Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes, with garden-fresh chives and 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese swirled into the white fluffiness just before serving. I considered this a can’t-miss side for the Easter dinner. I mean, doesn’t every Easter dinner call for mashed potatoes? The ones at our house do. Our daughter particularly loves them—but she also loves them plain. She would be crestfallen if she sat down at the table to some substitute.
At our house Hubby is the grand poohbah of potato mashing. He knows the exact amount of time to whip them with the electric mixer, knows the exact amount of butter and milk to add, and knows the exact amount of pepper and salt (substitute) to shake in. So I asked him to peel a few extra potatoes to boil and mash. Then when he finished, I took half his whipped potatoes and added a butter-and-garlic mixture, the fat-free cream cheese, skim milk, chopped fresh chives, and salt and pepper.
The fluffy, rich side dish looked very tempting on the table in Grandmother Moore’s pretty silver-rimmed oval serving dish. But after all, it did have GREEN THINGS in it. The plain mashed potatoes in their clear bowl looked appetizing as well. Now everybody would be happy. I waited to see what transpired.
Guess what? Even the picky went for the new version. Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes was a hit with all. The plain version wasn’t neglected, but kudos went out loud and long for the experimental side dish. Success! I knew I had hit on a new winner in the potatoes category.
Garlic-Chive Mashed Potatoes
24-ounces (about 3 1/2 cups) cooked potatoes, mashed
1 tablespoon butter
4 minced garlic cloves
4-ounces fat-free cream cheese (I use Neufchatel)
2/3 cup skim milk
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
salt (or salt substitute) and pepper to taste
Cook potatoes; mash to desired consistency. Meanwhile in a small skillet over medium heat melt 1 tablespoon butter; add minced garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute. Transfer cooked potatoes to a large bowl. Add garlic mixture, cream cheese, milk, chives, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until mixture is fluffy. Makes 6 servings.