Mashed potatoes are just awesome. My grandma Marian is pretty much the only person I know that does not like mashed potatoes… but she also does not like chocolate. Crazy! There are a million different recipes out there for mashed potatoes; some of them are calorically terrifying. A few examples…..
-Michael Chiarello – He recommends 3 sticks of butter, 2/3 cups olive oil AND 1 ½ cups of heavy cream! That is about 550 grams of fat just in those three ingredients. He is one of my all-time favorite chefs, but that is downright scary.
-Pioneer Woman - Oh how I love the Pioneer Woman! I am sure her mashed potatoes are fantastic, and why wouldn’t they be with almost 2 sticks of butter?
-Paula Deen – No surprise here, she is known for her love of all things fattening but 1 ½ pounds of bacon, a stick of butter and an entire block of cheddar cheese is pushing the limits, in my opinion.
I am sure all of the recipes above taste fabulous, but are not exactly sensible for a balanced diet.
I used light cream cheese and fat free half and half in this recipe for Apple Potato Mash and they were delicious. It may seem strange to add apples to your mashed potatoes but they add a nice, subtle flavor, and they add bulk without adding extra fat and calories.
The Perfect Pairing for this Apple Potato Mash is a cold and rainy day. If you live in the Chicago area.... that would be a day like today! This yummy comfort food will warm you right up and make you happy because it is guilt free!
Apple Potato Mash
Lindsay at Perfecting the Pairing
· 2 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, skin on, cubed
· 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cubed
· 4 oz light cream cheese
· ¼ cup fat free half and half
· Salt and pepper to taste
Boil the cubed potatoes and apples in a large pot of salted water over medium heat until they are fork tender. Once fully cooked, drain and return to the pot. Add the cream cheese and half and half, mash until everything is combined. Season with salt and pepper.