Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Leeks



Serving size

about 1 cup
45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied or divided by 2 and makes great leftovers.

Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Leeks


3 quart Water
1 pound Yukon gold potatoes
1 tsp. Olive oil
1 medium (about l2 ounces) Leeks (thinly sliced crosswise; keep white and green parts separate)
2 tsp.. Unsalted butter
1/4 cup Reduced fat buttermilk
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 to taste Black pepper


Place the water in a large stock pot over high heat.

Quarter the potatoes and add to the stock pot.

Cover with water by about an inch. Bring to boil and then reduce heat until the water is simmering.

While the potatoes are cooking, place the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat.

Add the green part of the leeks and cook for about 5 minutes. Toss occasionally.

As the green part of the leek begins to caramelize add the white part of the leeks.

Cook over medium high to high heat for about 5 to 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the leeks are lightly browned.

Remove the leeks from the heat and place in a large bowl.

The potatoes should cook about 20 to 25 minutes until slightly soft in the middle. They should give when squeezed.

Remove from heat and drain water.

Add the potatoes to the bowl with the leeks along with the butter, buttermilk, milk, and salt.

Mash potatoes until creamy and gently fold together with the leeks.

Add ground black pepper to taste.

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GERD / Acid Reflux

This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.


Avoid this recipe if you are lactose intolerant.

Coumadin® (Warfarin)

This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Gluten Sensitivity

This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


This is a low sodium recipe.

Recipe Notes

I like to leave some chunks in my mashed potatoes. If you like them smooth, be careful because over mashing will result in pasty potatoes. One great solution is to use a potato ricer, but that means you won’t get the skin of your potatoes in your dish. I prefer the skin but you may not.

"But the kitchen will not come into its own again until it ceases to be a status symbol and becomes again a workshop. It may be pastel. It may be ginghamed as to curtains and shining with copper like a picture in a woman's magazine. But you and I will know it chiefly by its fragrances and its clutter. At the back of the stove will sit a soup kettle, gently bubbling, one into which every day are popped leftover bones and vegetables to make stock for sauces or soup for the family. Carrots and leeks will sprawl on counters, greens in a basket. There will be something sweet-smelling twirling in a bowl and something savory baking in the oven. Cabinet doors will gape ajar and colored surfaces are likely to be littered with salt and pepper and flour and herbs and cheesecloth and pot holders and long-handled forks. It won't be neat. It won't even look efficient. but when you enter it you will feel the pulse of life throbbing from every corner. The heart of the home will have begun once again to beat."

Phyllis McGinley