Creamy Pareve Mashed Potatoes

Written by chanie on November 22nd, 2011

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, what’s a kosher girl to do? Those turkey drippings have got to be sopped up by something. Enter my perfect pareve mashed potatoes – creamy, fluffy and oh so delicious. Traditionally, butter and milk are used to bind the potatoes, while some include sour or cream cheese for added creaminess. With turkey as the main component of Thanksgiving dinner, dairy is not an option. Of course margarine, soy milk and toffuti cream cheese/sour cream can do the trick, but you’ll be left with an overwhelming taste of soy. I know some people who use mayo, but that just doesn’t work for me. Instead, I opt for a healthy dose of olive oil to bind the mixture, while chicken stock stands in as a flavorful creamer. The results are lighter, yet still smooth and delicious (which leaves room for the smorgasbord of calories awaiting you).

Now that you’ve got your mashed potatoes nice and creamy, it’s time to talk about add-ins. When I was growing up, my mother never made mashed potatoes without a side of caramelized onions. Not surprisingly, that’s my go-to every time. Still, there are some other options out there, so go ahead and mix up your favorite version.

– spices: garlic salt, smoked paprika, curry powder, lawry’s seasoned salt
– pepper (some people like to use white pepper so the potatoes don’t have black flecks)
– fresh herbs: oregano, parsley, basil, cilantro, thyme, rosemary
– caramelized onions and/or mushrooms
roasted garlic cloves
– horseradish or wasabi
– chipotle or poblano chilies
– lemon juice and/or zest
– sundried tomatoes
– pesto or tapenade
– spinach
– chives
– truffle oil
– mustard

Have you got your own version of pareve mashed potatoes that you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Elie says:

    Mmm, looks delish.

  2. Shaindy says:

    Wow, I like that there’s no margarine in it! I’ll have to try this.

  3. chanale says:

    soy milk, a pinch of mustard and some starchy water from the boiled potatoes to get it creamy!

  4. Mussy says:

    Someone just told me about boiling whole garlic cloves with the potatoes and then mashing them together! Tried it the other day and came out really good. But i love that you dont use any marg in these. Ill have to try it.

    • chanie says:

      I love that idea! A lot easier than roasting the garlic separately (although roasted garlic would definitely be worth the effort).

  5. Leron says:

    whats the number of servings this recipe yields (if each serving size was 1/2 cup)?

    • chanie says:

      I don’t know exactly how many cups this comes out to (it’s such an old recipe), but I’d assume it’s about 4 servings (figure one potato per person).

  6. Liz says:

    Followed recipe exactly! Came out wonderful, excellent consistency

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