Mashed Idaho Potatoes

Mashed Idaho Potatoes

This Recipe Makeover can be made stove-top or in a crock-pot/slow cooker. It is sure to be a hit, especially during the holiday season!

Per serving, 1/2 cup: 102 calories and 1.4g fat.

Saves, per 1/2 cup: 32 calories and 4.7g fat.


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Serves: 16 person(s) Change

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Extra Time: 3 hrs
(extra, for crock-pot, if slow cooking)

Yield: 16 x 1/2 cup servings

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About this Recipe Makeover

This made-over recipe lowers the calories and fat by replacing regular sour cream with fat-free, whole milk with low-fat, and butter with light buttery spread. The result - delicious mashed potatoes lighter on the waistline but not on flavor!

(Note: Although traditionally, 1 cup is a common serving, for purposes of comparison, 1/2 cup serving was used.)

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  • 5 large IdahoŽ Russett Burbank potatoes, washed, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 2/3 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/3 cup low-fat milk (1%)
  • 2 oz (1/4 cup) light buttery spread
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 5 large russett potatoes, washed, peeled, and cut into large pieces
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk (3.25%)
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 2 Tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp salted butter, extra, for topping


Place potatoes in large pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, covered, on high heat. Reduce to simmer. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 25 to 30 minutes. Drain potatoes thoroughly; return to pan.

(Or, for crock-pot/slow cooker: Place potatoes in large crock-pot/slow cooker. Cover potatoes with water and cook over medium heat for 4 hours. Drain potatoes thoroughly.)

Mash the cooked potatoes. Mash in sour cream, milk and buttery spread. Add chives, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth. Serve.


Can serve with your favorite gravy, such as CalorieKing's "Guilt-Free Turkey Gravy" (see recipe link).

For added fiber, can leave potato skins on.

Cheese mashed potatoes: add 1/4 to 1/2 cup low-fat shredded cheese.

Garlic mashed potatoes: add 2 tsp minced garlic, or to taste.

Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Thanks to Idaho Potato Commission, adapted by CalorieKing staff