Food Friday : Smashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese and Herbs

Ok, I’ll admit that pretty well everyone loves mashed potatoes prepared in the traditional way, all smooth, creamy and buttery. But it takes a lot of work to get them nice and smooth, plus not everyone wants to eat all that cream and butter on a regular basis. That combined with the fact that they are only really good when served smothered under some sort gravy, and making that gravy takes them further into ‘special occasion’ territory.

So now that I’ve convinced you that you need an alternate side-dish made with potatoes that’s easy, tasty and healthy, I introduce our ‘Smashed Potatoes with Cottage Cheese and Fresh Herbs’! Select a lower fat content cottage cheese (we used 5%) and you won’t even notice it’s a low-fat dish, plus you get the healthy protein that the cheese has to offer.

One potato per person being served. Leaving the skin on new potatoes is fine. Keep in mind that leftovers heat up nicely, so you might want to throw a couple of extra spuds into the pot.
1/2 to 1 cup of broth and/or milk (we use this product by Knorr)
3/4 to 1 cup of Cottage Cheese
2 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs. We used a combination of thyme, sage, chives, parsley and oregano because I grow them in my herb garden but whatever you have, even regular parsley and/or green onions are good, as long as you use fresh herbs.
Salt and Pepper to taste

Boil Potatoes until well cooked. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Smash the potatoes with a masher, and add some of the broth. Add the cottage cheese and blend. Add more broth to reach the consistency you like. Stir in herbs and salt and pepper. Serve hot, warm or room temperature.

These can be made ahead and reheated while covered, in a low oven. Add some more broth or milk at time of serving if required.

Wishing you a great week-end. It’s a three-dayer here as we celebrate Canada Day and have Monday off, and of course it’s July 4th in the US, so many people have some extra fun time coming up. We’re just hanging out in the city, as we like to do on long week-ends, because the city really changes with so many people getting out of town. Not sure what we’ll get up to though! There are so many things going on. How about you?

xo loulou