What is garlic and herb mashed potato?
Mashed potatoes, the quintessential comfort food, have a history as rich as their flavour. Originating in the Americas, particularly in Peru and Bolivia, where indigenous peoples cultivated potatoes for thousands of years, this humble dish found its way to Europe in the 16th century through Spanish explorers. By the 18th century, potatoes were a staple in Ireland, and the dish we know today as mashed potatoes began to take shape. With such a diverse and fascinating history, mashed potatoes have transcended borders and evolved into countless variations. Today, I present a healthy twist on this beloved classic with my Garlic and Herb Mashed Potato recipe using garlic, parsley, chives and dill.
Is this recipe healthy?
My garlic and herb mashed Potato recipe showcases a harmonious blend of health-conscious ingredients. White potatoes, at the core, offer an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fibre. They’re naturally low in fat, making them an ideal choice for those mindful of their calorie intake. Garlic, a key player in this recipe, adds both flavour and potential health benefits, including immune system support. Our trio of herbs, parsley, chives and dill, provides not only an aromatic burst but also a dose of antioxidants and essential vitamins.
Do you have a diet restriction?
This garlic and herb mash recipe is:
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
- Nut Free
- Syn Free
- Low FODMAP
- Low Fat
Step 1: Prepare the potatoes
Begin by peeling and dicing 1kg of white potatoes. Place them in a large pot, cover them with water, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender. We will be mashing them later so the size of the dicing really does not matter but of course, the smaller you cut them, the quicker they will cook so with this in mind, I usually cut my potatoes into very small chunks to have them ready as soon as possible.
Step 2: Prepare the garlic and the herbs
While the potatoes cook, finely chop the 4 cloves of garlic and put them through a garlic press, if you do not have a garlic press you can finely chop dice them and crush them with the back of a spoon. You can also buy pre minced garlic in tubes and jars, i love to buy these for convenience and they work really well in recipes like these as it avoids any lumps. Finely chop the fresh parsley, dill and chives until you have about 1 tbsp worth of each ready to add to the mash once its ready.
Step 3: Mash the potatoes
Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot along with a tablespoon of milk and 2 tablespoons of butter. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher. You can also use a potato ricer if you have the patience, this makes amazingly smooth mashed potato and I loved using them when i worked in a professional kitchen however it can be a lengthy process, force too much potato through at once and you’re left with elasticy, stodgy mash. Likewise, if you use a potato masher too forcefully, you will come across the same fate. See, Jamie Oliver did teach me something back in the day!
Step 4: Add the garlic and herbs to the mashed potato
Mix in the chopped herbs and garlic. Continue to mash and mix until the ingredients are well combined.
Transfer your Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes to a serving bowl. For an extra burst of flavour and a touch of elegance, garnish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
This healthy Garlic and Herb Mashed Potato recipe serves as a canvas for creativity. Here are some variations to consider:
- Vegan Version: Substitute the milk with a plant-based milk like almond or soy milk for a dairy-free option. This one doesnt really class as a substitution as i use oat milk anyway however it is worth noting.
- Buttery Twist: Add a small amount of butter or butter alternative for extra creaminess and richness.
- Cheesy Delight: Mix in a sprinkle of grated Parmesan or cheddar cheese for a cheesy flavor.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare these Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes in advance and reheat them when needed. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and gently reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
Can I use different herbs in this recipe?
Certainly! Feel free to experiment with herbs like basil, parsley, or even dill to create unique flavor profiles.
What can I use as a milk substitute?
If you prefer a dairy-free option, almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk work well as substitutes for regular milk in this recipe.
Can I prepare this dish with sweet potatoes?
While this recipe is designed for white potatoes, you can absolutely experiment with sweet potatoes for a unique twist. Just be mindful that sweet potatoes have a different texture and flavor profile, so the result will vary.
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