Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? It’s a timeless classic that can function as a comfort food whenever you need it most and a solid accompaniment for meal prep.
Now — traditionally, heavy cream and butter make this creamier. Downside? These are high-calorie ingredients loaded with saturated fat.
But, butter and heavy cream aren’t necessary to give mashed potatoes the creamy texture we all love.
Let me introduce you to cottage cheese. And more specifically, cottage cheese mashed potatoes.
Why use Cottage Cheese instead of Heavy Cream?
Cottage Cheese adds Creaminess
Blended cottage cheese adds a new dimension of creaminess – it turns traditional mash into a lusciously creamy delight since blended cottage cheese is so silky.
Cottage Cheese Exaggerates Intended Flavors
Cottage cheese has a mild tangy flavor that works well with mashed potatoes. It doesn’t overpower the potatoes but rather complements all the flavors of any additional spices and herbs added. From a flavor perspective, the end result is more nuanced.
Cottage Cheese Locks in Moisture
A common frustration with mashed potatoes is how dry they can quickly become resulting in a not-so-pleasant eating experience.
Cottage cheese provides the needed moisture to ensure mashed potatoes are creamy and velvety, not chunky and brittle, even after they have been cooked and stored in the fridge.
Cottage Cheese Reduces Saturated Fat
If you’re looking for something a bit lighter in calories yet still packed with flavor, then swap heavy cream for cottage cheese.
You get the creamy goodness without needing copious amounts of butter or heavy cream to get a silky result.
Cottage Cheese is Packed with Nutrients
Nutritionally, cottage cheese is loaded with nutrients like calcium to strengthen bone health. Also, it boosts the protein content of mashed potatoes more than when heavy cream is added. This makes your mashed potatoes a more nourishing side dish.
How to Make Cottage Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- 3 cups of peeled and chopped Yukon potatoes
- 1/2 – 1 1/2 cups cup of blended cottage cheese
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 4 tablespoons of butter or olive oil (optional)
- 1/3 cup fresh chives (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Peel and chop the potatoes. Boil the potatoes until they are fork-tender, then drain them.
- In a blender or food processor, blend cottage cheese with almond milk (or other plant-based milk) until smooth and creamy.
- Mash the drained potatoes with a potato masher or a fork.
- Combine everything into a mixing bowl the mashed potatoes and blended cottage cheese in a mixing bowl.
- Mix until everything is well incorporated and the mashed potatoes reach your desired level of creaminess. Fold in the chives.
- Add butter or olive oil (if using) and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with fresh chives or parsley for an extra touch of flavor and aesthetic appeal (optional).
Trust me – cottage cheese delivers! It’ll turn traditional mash into a creamy, more nutrient-dense, and flavorful powerhouse side dish. Its ability to enhance moisture while reducing saturated fat content makes it a valuable addition to your mashed potato recipe! Give it a go!
Try these other mashed potato recipes:
- Mashed Potato Tater Tots
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower
- Whipped Sweet Potato & Plantain Mash