Monday, November 7, 2011

{Crazy Cooking Challenge} Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

With Thanksgiving approaching, I’m starting to think about side dishes!  Traditionally, we have my grandmother’s mashed potatoes and I do love them so.  It’s hard for me to even consider any other type of mashed potato. 

However, when I saw Gina’s recipe for Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives, I thought that might be worth trying. 

We had some leftover potatoes from a chicken roast we made recently, and I whipped up these mashed potatoes.  I was surprised at how much I liked the tang of the buttermilk in the potatoes coupled with the chives.  They were quite good! 

While I don’t know if they will replace Grandma’s Mashed Potatoes at Thanksgiving this year, it’s good to have another yummy mashed potato recipe – one that’s quite different from our traditional recipe. 

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Chives – Adapted from Gina


  • 6-7 potatoes {ours were russet}
  • 1/2 C buttermilk
  • sea salt
  • crushed black pepper
  • 2 T dried chives


Begin by peeling and cubing your potatoes.  Toss them in a pot with water and plenty of salt.  Bring the potatoes to a boil and simmer away, covered, for 20-25 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.  {Note: I used potatoes we had leftover from a roast – they were pre-cooked & have a slightly darker color as a result}.

Drain the water from the potatoes once they are tender.  Place the potato cubes into a large metal bowl.  Top with buttermilk, chives and salt & pepper. 

Using a potato masher, or the beaters from your hand-held mixer, smash the warm potatoes a few times to start the mixing process.  Then, turn on the hand mixer and mix until the desired consistency is reached. 

While Gina mixed her potatoes entirely smooth, I left ours with small potato pieces.  The only “pureed” mashed potatoes I really enjoy are Grandma’s, so I decided to leave some variety in these potatoes.  I really liked it that way!

I’m sharing this recipe today as part of the Crazy Cooking Challenge – Mashed Potatoes! 



  1. Hi Sno White I featured you Buca Garlic Mashed Potatoes in the Challenge today, they are delicious!
    Miz Helen

  2. So simple and delicious sounding.

    If you haven't already I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Cook Lisa Cook

  3. look at how creamy those are! Great Choice for THE CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE!!

  4. These look so pretty. I can't wait to try them!

  5. Stopping by to check out your CCC potatoes. Decided to follow you while I was here. Always nice to meet a new foodie. You really did an outstanding job on these. Super creamy and lush potatoes. Great choice. Kim #65

  6. Simple yet the buttermilk adds something so special!

    Jen #14
    Jenny's Cookbook

  7. I love buttermilk, so I'm sure these mashed potatoes are awesome. I'm in the CCC too if you'd like to check my recipe out.

  8. Mmm... delicious choice!

    For this challenge I also went with a buttermilk and chive recipe. Mine also had a bit of lemon zest and it was a great way to change it up. :)

  9. I always enjoy a little buttermilk in my potatoes- it gives such a nice tang.


  10. My mother just did butter and milk in here, but I remember the first time I put buttermilk in my mashed potatoes... the whole family commented on how good they were, and they were right! Amazing how one little ingredient can transform a dish.

    I hope you'll stop by and see my post for Deep-Fried Mozzarella Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls.



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