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Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

October 28, 2009

With Thanksgiving around the corner, eating mashed potatoes is a must on the Thanksgiving dinner menu. Unfortunately, the traditional mashed potato dish can be quite high in calories and fat. Simple swaps such as using regular milk instead of heavy cream will cut the fat significantly. You might also want to experiment with reduced-fat sour cream or cottage cheese to replace the milk. Finally, add some spices and flavor to your potatoes with herbs, and spices. Chives, basil, onion and garlic really add a kick to plain potatoes, or sprinkle some Parmesan or goat cheese on top.

Swapping the traditional russet potato for a Yukon gold or sweet potato adds variety. Keep the potato skins on for some extra fiber. Here’s a healthy take on the classic mashed potato dish, light coconut milk contributes a rich flavor to the dish without any added cream. This recipe is great because there is a slight sweetness from the sweet potatoes, making this a wonderful alternative to the traditional dish. Adding delicious sweet potatoes gives a nutrient boost to regular mashed potatoes. Make sure you bookmark this one for the holidays!

Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Mash

Serves 6


  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Place potatoes and sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until very tender when pierced with a fork, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes, then mash them in the pot to the desired consistency. Stir the milk mixture, sugar, salt and pepper into the mashed potatoes until combined.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2009 11:53 am

    So comforting!


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