Microwave Mashed Potatoes

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Desserts will always be my favorite, but there’s something to be said for mashed potatoes.  They’re easy, (or at least this recipe is) filling, and flavorful.  Here’s three variations you can make it with a microwave!

Ingredients:

4 approximately 6-ounce potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes (doesn’t have to be perfect!)

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream (go for normal sour cream if you’re going all out)

1/2 cup 1% low fat milk (2% works too)

2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper

(See below for alterations for the variation of microwaved mashed potatoes you like best)

Instructions:

  1. Put your cubed potato into a big microwave-safe bowl. Stretch some plastic kitchen wrap over the bowl to cover it, then cut a small slit, about an inch is good.
  2.  Microwave on high for about 10 minutes. Let it stand for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the sour cream and all the other ingredients to the bowl.
  4. SMASH!  You can use a fork, or a potato smasher if you have one.

SOUTHWEST VARIATION:

  1.  Leave out the sour cream and chives
  2. Decrease milk to 2 tablespoons and decrease the amount of salt to 1/4 teaspoon
  3. Add 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt, 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

ROASTED GARLIC VARIATION:

  1. Leave out the sour cream and chives
  2. Increase the amount of milk to 3/4 cup.
  3. Add 1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted garlic cloves and 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage.

BACON AND CHEDDAR VARIATION:

  1. Decrease salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
  2. Add 1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded reduced-fat extra-sharp cheddar cheese and 1 slice center-cut bacon (cooked and crumbled, mash to the consistency you like)

Enjoy!  This makes about 4 servings.

Credit: http://www.cookinglight.com/food/recipe-finder/microwave-recipes/microwave-smashed-potatoes

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