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Smashed Yukon Golds

Makes 6 serving(s)


2 1/2 pounds (1/2 of a 5 pound bag) Yukon gold potatoes, with skin, scrubbed
1/2 cup buttermilk (or low-fat milk)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Large pot
Cutting board
Cutting knife
Liquid measuring cup
Large mixing bowl
Measuring spoons
Potato masher or extra large fork
Rubber or silicone spatula
Large serving bowl
Large serving spoon


  1. Fill a large pot about 2/3 full with water.
  2. Chop potatoes on a cutting board with a cutting knife into about 1-inch cubes. Plop them into the water. (Raw potatoes are hard and slippery, so it's a good idea to ask an adult for help with this step.)
  3. Sit the pot of potatoes on a stove burner and turn the heat on high. Once the water reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium-high and cook the potatoes for 20 minutes or until tender. To test if the potatoes are done, stick a fork in one—if it goes in easily, they're done.
  4. While the potatoes are boiling, pour the measured buttermilk into a large mixing bowl. Measure in the butter, salt, garlic powder and pepper.
  5. When the potatoes are done, drain the pot of potatoes in a strainer that's sitting in the sink, using potholders to hold the handles while pouring. Ask an adult to help, if necessary. Make sure to steer clear of the steam!
  6. Spill out the cooked, drained potato pieces into the mixing bowl that contains the buttermilk mixture.
  7. Smash everything together with a potato masher or extra large fork until just a little bit lumpy.
  8. Scoop the Smashed Yukon Golds with a rubber or silicone spatula out of the mixing bowl and into a large serving bowl. Dig in a large serving spoon and go for the Golds!


Per serving:
210 Calories, 4 g Total Fat, 2.5 g Saturated Fat, 10 mg Cholesterol, 650 mg Sodium, 40 g Total Carbohydrates, 4 g Dietary Fiber, 3 g Sugars, 4 g Protein, 2% Vitamin A, 35% Vitamin C, 4% Calcium, 10% Iron

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