Updated: Feb 22, 2019
Looking for a way to impress your dinner guests? Or perhaps you are wanting a healthier holiday side dish? Try whipping up a batch of these Broccoli Mashed Potatoes! A great side dish for not only the holidays, a variety of meals - from salmon to turkey and grilled chicken! So often when we think of mashed potatoes we associate them with the holidays, but why limit yourself to just once or twice a year?? Anytime people gather around the table, break bread with family and friends it is a great time to enjoy! I was introduced to these broccoli mashed potatoes a few years back by a family member as a way to "sneak in some veggies" and put a healthier spin on a classic favorite...and of course I was a big fan!
Did you know....broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrition from vitamin K to folate! It is also a good source vitamin C, chromium and fiber. It is well known for it's anti-inflammatory properties, anti-oxidants, cancer prevention, digestive support, cardiovascular support and more. Seems like some pretty great reasons to add more of this versatile green to your life!
1/2 bunch organic broccoli, finely chopped (about 3 C)
1 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes (red potatoes with skin on are also quite tasty!)
1/3 - 1/2 C heavy whipping cream (or sub with low fat milk or milk substitute)
1-2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 vegetable bouillon cube, low salt
Slice potatoes in half, cutting out any areas as needed (but leaving on the skin) and place in a large pot.
Fill pot with water just enough to cover the potatoes.
Bring water to a boil and let simmer for 10 minutes (if using a bouillon cube for added flavor add it now).
While potatoes are boiling rinse and finely chop the broccoli, after potatoes have boiled approximately 10 minutes (until just barely tender) add the chopped broccoli and continue to boil until all are tender (approximately another 10 or so minutes).
Drain water from pot (reserve 1/4 C of the liquid for fluffier potatoes)
Remove potatoes and broccoli from the pot and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add heavy whipping cream a little at a time and 1-2 Tbsp. butter to mash with a hand held mixer on low speed. Add reserve liquid (if needed) until reaches desired consistency.
Serve and enjoy.
Healthy Tip - if you are trying to cut down on fat, simply swap the heavy cream for a low fat milk or milk substitute (you may need to add a bit more than called for below), they will still be rich and creamy while reducing your fat calories.
Eat and Enjoy!