Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Chives


What a week.  I’m so glad it’s Saturday.  That means Applewood smoked bacon, made from scratch pancakes and the possibility of sleeping past 6 AM, however that usually doesn’t happen.

Last night I felt like some comfort food, since it is the weekend.  What do I turn to, the potato of course.  But not just any potato dish, Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Chives.  OMG.  I’m not sure what I love more, potatoes or goat cheese and when you put them together, well, it’s sublime.

The best part of this recipe…it’s low cal.  With very little butter, nonfat milk and goat cheese, which is not a high calorie cheese, you can eat double servings of these.  They are delicious and packed with flavor.

Serve these up next to your grilled steak tonight and you will not be disappointed.

These are also going into the Potato Ho Down roundup I am hosting this wednesday.  If you have made potatoes this month, send them over and get in on the fun.

Let’s make them up shall we…

Here’s all you need:  Potatoes, goat cheese, butter, milk, chives, salt and pepper.

In a large pot bring 3 pounds of baking potatoes to a boil with a 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until tender; drain.

Return the potatoes to the pan over low heat; add remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 2 Tablespoons butter to the pan.  Mash the potatoes with a potato masher to desired consistency.

Add 6 ounces of goat cheese and a 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to the potato mixture; stir until cheese melts.  Stir in 1 cup nonfat milk; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat.

Garnish with 3 Tablespoons of freshly chopped chives.

Of course the extra pat of butter on top is optional…but it looks good.

I think I’ll have thirds.  Hey, it’s the weekend.

Smashed Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Chives
Adapted from Cooking Light

3 pounds peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 Tablespoons butter
3/4 cup (6 ounces) goat cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup nonfat milk
(2% or whole is fine too, it just raises the calories)
3 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

In a large pot bring potatoes to a boil with a 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until tender; drain.

Return the potatoes to the pan over low heat; add remaining 1 teaspoon salt and butter to the pan.  Mash the potatoes with a potato masher to desired consistency.

Add cheese and pepper to the potato mixture; stir until cheese melts.  Stir in milk; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat.

Garnish with chives.

One Year Ago Today:  I Had No Choice

Post a Comment

60 Comments

  1. deeba 1

    Ho ho ho..you are the yummiest potato queen I ever met Cathy! Yes, these are YUM, & that extra pat of butter should be made mandatory!

    Reply
  2. donna 2

    I think SUBLIME is such the perfect word to describe these. They sounds aweome and they look so fluffy and delicious. Yes, a grilled steak with these would be a bitttaheaven..

    Reply
  3. Shawn 3

    I woke up this morning thinking about food also. I’m leaning towards grilling hamburgers and making potato salad. I wish I had some mashed in front of me right this moment though.

    Reply
  4. I grew up on a potato farm and never in all my years did I imagine the things that the potato ho down people would come up with. Such great recipes. I love this recipe. It would be great for Sunday dinner.

    Reply
  5. HoneyB 5

    Looks great and of course, I love it even more because its light! Great photo. Makes me want to dig in!

    Reply
  6. Barbie with a T 6

    Just looking at that picture of smashed potatoes, I can taste them already! I do love potatoes served that way. That is a good potato recipe for the Potato-Ho Down. It is easy to prepare and about as tasty as food can get. Great photos!

    Reply
  7. Any excuse for double servings sets well with me. Oh, lawd! That looks wonderful!

    Reply
  8. You are the best Ho I know!!! Another great recipe.

    Reply
  9. Our friends raise goats and make fabulous goat cheese. I usually enjoy their cheese just on crackers, but I’m definitely going to try in in this recipe! :-)

    Thanks,
    Shirley

    Reply
  10. pam 10

    I’ve made these before (from Cooking Light) and they were amazing!

    Reply
  11. Great way to banish the curse of the exploding Pyrex. These mashed potatoes look completely indulgent. Now I’m thinking of a meat-and-potatoes dinner.

    Reply
  12. Julie 12

    They look Soooo good. Now I will be thinking of them while I’m slaving away at my 12 hour shift with only a lean cuisine to comfort me.

    Reply
  13. Wow–it’s so exciting those are low calorie!! Can’t wait to try them!

    Reply
  14. Trisha 14

    Potatoes of any kind are my weakness but these . . . these look absolutely lucious!

    Reply
  15. Katrina 15

    I recently decided that I DO like goat cheese (didn’t think so before) and I have some in the fridge–I also have a 10 lb. bag of potatoes that we never seem to get through. I know what we’re having for dinner tomorrow! 😉

    Reply
  16. dawn 16

    Good grief these sound delicious. I think this is the best picture of mashed potatoes I’ve ever seen. Long live the Potato Ho Down.

    Reply
  17. Kayola 17

    holy cooooooooooooow! I gain wieght just readin’ ya! Mashed potatoes are pretty much up there with chocolate for me…..

    Is there any wonder my fanny looks like it does?

    Reply
  18. Hmm, never thought of this, and it looks great. Would be awesome with some lamb chops.

    Reply
  19. My daughter just came in, saw this recipe and said “Yum…I could eat that.” She loves potatoes and cheese. Put the two together and she’s in heaven.

    Reply
  20. elra 20

    Myammm, simply delicious! The goat cheese and chives make it really special!
    Hae a wonderful week end Cathy!

    Reply
  21. Alisa 21

    You are brilliant! Can’t wait to add these to the waist, I mean menu!

    Reply
  22. dawn 22

    cath- don’t hate me, but I am not a fan of the whole goat cheese thingee. I just wanted to say HI. :-)

    Reply
  23. Maureen 23

    I’m not usually a mashed potato fan, but that’s probably because I’ve never had them with goat cheese! Sounds heavenly!

    Reply
  24. imom 24

    OMG! These are going on my must make list. I, like you, LOVE potatoes and goat cheese. I bet the herb goat cheese would taste great too!

    Reply
  25. Liz C. 25

    Yum! I love mashed potatoes!!!!

    Reply
  26. Marjie 26

    My oldest son hates potatoes, but everyone else loves them! And how can you go wrong with cheese?

    Reply
  27. Sophia 27

    “I’m not sure what I love more, potatoes or goat cheese and when you put them together, well, it’s sublime.”
    EXACTLY my thoughts! yummmm!

    Reply
  28. Kate 28

    OMG. This looks like something even I could make!

    Reply
  29. Donald 29

    We eat mashed potatoes a lot. This variations is next on the list. These look great.

    Reply
  30. hey … those taters DO look divine!!! I will try them … when I’m allowed to have butter and milk and cheese again.

    Blessings!

    Reply
  31. Bunny 31

    Mashed potatoes are sooooo comfort food! These look great!!

    Reply
  32. T 32

    YUM! I can’t wait to try these!

    You have a great blog site and I’m looking forward to coming back!

    Reply
  33. You had me at double servings, but I’d go for thirds, too!

    Reply
  34. just mail me a pot full, over night express, with a pan of your best brownies.

    Reply
  35. Again, two things I love (potatoes, goat cheese) that I never thought of combining! Wow…

    Reply
  36. Chou 36

    I’m making this next time my hubby’s out of town. Yummy.

    Reply
  37. Paula 37

    Oh, I’ve been sick this week and I’m playing catch up AGAIN. These potatoes actually made me want to climb through the screen and snatch a spoonful! YUM does not cover how good I bet these taste! I got a kick out of your V8 stash! I add V8 to alot of soup and stews, but I don’t know how big of a dent that would make. I wonder how it would be in spaghetti sauce or chili? I actually like to drink it, too. Those brownies you made look so good. Gee, now I’m hungry! I was wondering if you were in Oregon this weekend as the weather is at long last GORGEOUS! I hope they make lots of progress on your property while the weather is good.

    Reply
  38. emiglia 38

    I love to use goat cheese in mashed potatoes! Your pictures look absolutely divine!

    Reply
  39. nomnomom…

    Reply
  40. Oh oh, big trouble. Two of my favorite foods: potatoes and cheese. Goat cheese is my new favorite and I can’t get enough of it. I could probably eat this entire bowl by myself.

    Reply
  41. megan 41

    I must say, I’ve never thought to put goat cheese in them. Very clever way to use it! Picture perfect as always!!!

    Reply
  42. Biz 42

    I will definitely make this – I love all things goat cheese! But sorry, can’t do the chives – its in the onion family!!

    Reply
  43. BigSis 43

    Those look incredible! I think goat cheese and potatoes were made for each other!

    Reply
  44. I love goat cheese in and on anything but I wonder why I haven’t tried it in mashed potatoes yet??? Thank you for the idea… :)

    Reply
  45. Leslie 45

    I wish I liked goat cheese. I am a sissy cheese eater

    Reply
  46. My eyes glazed over at the mention of Applewood smoked bacon. Mmmmmmmm.

    Reply
  47. Potatoes and goat cheese are a heavenly combination! Very delicious!

    Reply
  48. grace 48

    chives are a sneaky ingredient. they seem so small and ineffective, but they pack a punch. great taters, cathy.

    Reply
  49. annbb 49

    I have never met a potato I haven’t adored. And I know I’ll adore these!

    Reply
  50. Deseree 50

    Be still my heart. These look absolutely amazing.

    Reply
  51. I love smooshing goat cheese into mashed potatoes. I did this once when I realized I was without dairy products one evening and had my heart set on mashed potatoes. I never told Sir Pickypants and he ate them up and loved htem.

    Reply
  52. Oh, I wish I liked goat cheese. These look wonderful…

    Reply
  53. LilSis 53

    Well, these look too good to be “low cal”, but I’ll take your word for it. I love goat cheese and I’m sure my husband wouldn’t know the difference mixed in with the potatoes. He claims he doesn’t like goat cheese, but I’ve tricked him before…

    Reply
  54. Jude 54

    You’ll need to blowtorch my butt to get me out of bed before 11 am on a weekend.
    Dang it, I always mean to join potato ho down but always forget to put a post together for it.

    Reply
  55. Flea 55

    It’s after midnight. Everyone else in our house is asleep. Now I’m craving mashed potatoes. Thanks. :)

    I always drop a couple of garlic cloves and a handful of fresh rosemary in when boiling potatoes for mashing. Yum!

    Reply
  56. Yes, yes, yes!!!

    Reply
  57. Potatoes + butter + goat cheese + chives = bliss. I am sold.

    Reply
  58. Wow, those potatoes look good. Goat cheese is so good with potatoes, and the chives look fantastic.

    Reply
  59. jenlee 59

    your posts are very interesting and the pictures are appetizing. i’ll try to make some of the recipes you posted. great!:)

    Reply
  60. It makes me hungry looking at the pictures and reading your advices. I took so many ideas out of your pages and I thank you for that.

    Reply

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 Notify me of followup comments via e-mail.

You can click here to Subscribe without commenting