Recipe: Garlic Chive Mashed Potatoes

Yup! Kids can learn to eat mashed potatoes WITH green herbs embedded!

I’ve been mucking with mashed potato recipes since my kiddos were born.  Long time readers will remember there was a time when my kids wouldn’t touch mashed potatoes, not even rock star mashed potatoes.

In addition to the fussy toddler palates at my table in years past, hubby was also finicky about mashed potatoes.  Beyond his disdain for starchy sides, he required they be served with gravy to be edible.  I thought they tasted just fine with salt and sour cream, even without gravy.  Mostly I was just ravenous at the end of a make-and-feed-3-meals + two-snacks day, along with working from home with limited child care.  It wouldn’t have mattered if the potatoes were raw, I would have shoveled them in, desperate to replace the fuel I’d burned all day chasing toddlers, finding software developers and jumping over all the not picked up toys the tots dragged out.

Thankfully the no-time-to-make-gravy season is past, as is the little-humans-won’t-eat-mashed-potatoes season, along with the small-people-don’t-like-green-herbs season. Big kids rock!

We ALL love this recipe. I can’t take all the credit. It helps to have amazing creamy raw milk to kefir.  And delicious fresh local herbs to add color and flavor.  All I did was tinker with the recipe until Mr FwKA swooned.  Whenever hubby eats mashed potatoes at a restaurant now, he always says my kefir taters are better.  Bam!

Are you thinking Thanksgiving side dishes yet?  I am!  Pin, pin, pin away, I won’t complain.

Garlic Chive Mashed Potato Recipe


1 lb potatoes, washed, cubed

1 tsp- 1 tbsp butter or real fat (where to buy real fat online)

1 bunch garlic chives washed, chopped (substitute fresh oregano, parsley, rosemary, chives, green onion)
3/4 cup kefired milk (substitute yogurt, greek yogurt or sour cream)

Sea salt and Fresh cracked black pepper to taste (where to buy sea salt online)


Bring a pot of salted water to boil.  Add cubed potatoes to pan.  Cook for 15 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.  Meanwhile, in a pan, heat fat until melted.  Add chopped garlic chives and saute for a few minutes.  Enjoy the aroma and color change! Remove from heat. Drain potatoes and return to warm pan.  Add chives and kefir to potatoes.  Mash with potato masher.  Add sea salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with or without gravy.

Dairy Allergy modifications:  Substitute coconut milk kefir for milk kefir, non-dairy yogurt, or use chicken stock or bone broth + a spoonful of bacon grease (optional).

Gluten Allergy modifications:  I use arrowroot powder or potato starch flour to thicken gravy.  Potato starch flour was used for the gravy in the picture.

garlic chives cultivated and harvested by a farmer who knows me, sullivan’s happy heart farm.

Cooks Note:  I usually make mashed potatoes when I make hamburger patties.  After I cook the meat, I leave the fat in the pan and toss in the garlic chives.  I take the chives out of the fat and add them to the potatoes.  Then I add my broth/thickener to the fat and make gravy.  I’m a lazy dish washer.  It all goes in one pan if possible.

Kid Appeal Tip:

For whatever reason some tots go through a I-hate-purees phase.  If your baby accepted mashed potatoes, but your toddler refuses them, just wait.  He’ll probably come back to them at some point.  When he refuses, just smile, and say, “No worries, dear, you’ll want to gobble them up when you’re a little older. Most big kids adore mashed potatoes.”

This post is participating in Real Food Wednesday, gluten-free wednesday, whole foods wednesdayhealthy 2day wednesday and allergy free wednesdays.

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3 thoughts on “Recipe: Garlic Chive Mashed Potatoes

  1. I’m so excited to find your website. Finding gluten-free options that kids like can be challenging. (I’m on week 10 of cooking GF.)

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to visit my Gluten-Free Monday party at and link up this and any other GF idea you would like to share. I hope to see you there. (I’ll hope you’ll come back each week. Your recipes and ideas would be a great resource to all of us GF newbies!)

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