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H3 Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Savory Herb Gravy

Garlic Mashed Potatoes


1 large Potato (Russet or Yukon Gold), medium chunky diced

1 medium Turnip or Sweet Potato or 2 parsnips/carrots, chunky (optional)

1 ounce Fat-free cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon Fresh thyme

1/2 Tablespoon Fresh garlic, minced

¼ teaspoon Salt

To taste Ground pepper

1/4 cup Fat-free or 1% milk; as needed


  • Preheat pot of boiling water or small sauté pan for steamer basket.
  • Place washed potatoes and other root vegetables (if any used) and steam or boil until just soft.
  • Strain potatoes from pot or steamer basket and transfer to a deep bowl and whip with an electric mixer.            
  • Sauté the fresh garlic in same pot used to boil potatoes.
  • Add remaining ingredients (excluding milk) and whip until smooth.
  •  Add milk as needed to create a nice texture.
    • Be sure not to over mix potatoes as you could end up with gluey potatoes.

Number of Servings: 4

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories: 59

Fat Grams: Trace


Savory Herb Gravy      


2 cups Reduced chicken, vegetable or other stock; de-fatted, low sodium

1 each Bayleaf

1 each Shallots, chopped

4 each Peppercorns

1 Tablespoon Rosemary, fresh, chopped

1 Tablespoon Thyme, fresh, chopped                

1/4 cup Half and Half

2 Tablespoon Corn starch Slurry (2 ½ T of cold water mixed with CS)

¼ teaspoon Salt

To taste Pepper


  • To reduce stock, begin with two or three times the recipe amount.
  • Simmer over low heat with all ingredients except for the last three.  Simmer uncovered, until stock has reduced in volume to the amount the recipe calls for.
  • Strain out herbs, bay leaf, onion, and peppercorns.                            
  • In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring stock down to a simmer
  • Pour half and half, corn starch slurry into simmering stock; whisking constantly until smooth gravy forms.
  • Season with salt and pepper.       

Chef’s Note:  If you want to create a better mouth feel for the gravy, add 1 tablespoon of butter, this of course changes your calories but might be a more satisfying texture.

Number of Servings: 10

Serving Size: 2 oz.

Calories: 46

Fat Grams: 3

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