Buttermilk and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Buttermilk makes lighter, lower-calorie mashed potatoes if you don't load in the butter. If you want them richer, add the extra ¼ cup of butter.


  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and halved, or quartered if large
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup melted butter
  • ½ cup chives
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Place potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain. Return to pot and place over low heat, shaking pan to evaporate any extra water.

Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher.

Stir in buttermilk, butter and chives and season with salt and pepper. Serves 8