I grew up in a meat and potatoes home, married two men who were meat and potatoes men, and my boys are meat and potatoes men in the making. I will be the first to admit that there is nothing like the taste of homemade mashed potatoes smothered in butter or gravy. But who has the time for that anymore? With a family of four, I need to peel and cube five pounds of potatoes and then boil and hand-mash – no mixers for me!
I’ve never tried Idahoan instant potatoes, or any instant potatoes for that matter. The ones that we were served in school were enough to turn me off to the concept forever. One day in the grocery store though, I picked up a box just to see what they were about. Two seconds later, a box of Idahoan Mashed Potatoes was in my shopping cart and I smuggling it into the house without anyone knowing. I followed the extremely simple directions (just add them to hot water) and served them to the family with gravy on the side.
They devoured the instant potatoes and never knew the difference.
Once everyone finished dinner, I asked if they liked the potatoes. They raved about how awesome they were. So that’s when I whipped out the empty box and showed them what they had just eaten for dinner. They couldn’t believe it anymore than I could!
Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes
Calling Idahoan “instant” potatoes just seems wrong on so many levels, because they are nothing like the bland boring tasting potatoes you might expect from something instant. Many years ago when I first tried them, there were just the regular or butter-flavored potatoes. Now? There is a virtual explosion of potato goodness available from Idahoan and they all taste absolutely fabulous! All my picky eaters loved each and every one of them.
From Au Gratin Homestyle, hash browns to casseroles, and no soy to gluten-free, Idahoan has a product for everyone! You have to stop for a moment and check out the Idahoan products page! Your senses – and your taste buds – will be on overload! I’ll wait while you drool for a bit.
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You’re back? Need a napkin for that drool spot on your chin? I warned you! Here’s another napkin, you’re going to need it for this next section.
Idahoan Potato Recipes
What would you say if I told you that you could make Gingerbread Trifle with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Sauce, Flan, Chocolate Silk Pie, Lemon Mint Pound Cake, Idahoan Coca-Cola Cake, Chocolate Cake Pops, or Peppermint Patties with mashed potatoes? You’d think I was crazy wouldn’t you? Seeing is believing, my friend!
There are so many wonderful recipes on the Idahoan website! Appetizers, desserts, side dishes, main dishes, potato cakes, and Mexican dishes, to name a few. There are enough recipes that you’ll never have to eat the same boring mashed potato side dish ever again! Take your napkin – and go check out the recipes!
Wait! Put the car keys down. Don’t run off to the grocery store just yet! Tell your stomach to stop rumbling, there’s more! I want to show you the recipe that the boys and I choose to make and then tell you about the giveaway!
Mashed Potato Topped Green Bean Casserole
The boys and I made the Mashed Potato Topped Green Bean Casserole because it is a favorite of ours all year long, not just for the holidays. You can find the recipe on the Idahoan website. The instructions are super simple – and you probably have most of the ingredients:
Follow the instructions, mix up the milk and the soup together, then add your green beans and the french fried onions. Then you pour the mixture into your baking dish and you’re ready to pop it in the oven for 30 minutes:
Once you are finished baking it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, time to pull it out, turn the broiler on, and add the Idahoan Mashed Potatoes to the top. Our family always likes to “kick it up a notch” so we used the Garlic and Parsley mash on top of our casserole (the boys suggested it):
Word of warning … don’t do what I did. I put some more onion rings on the top before I put it back in the oven to broil the potatoes to a golden brown. You are supposed to put them on after you broil the potatoes. That’s what I get, Ms. Know-It-All, for not re-reading the recipe to be sure. So just ignore the little toasty black bits on the final product!
Even with my little burnt french fried onions on the top, it tastes absolutely AMAZING. I pulled all the crispy onions off and put them on my plate (I’m strange, I love burnt anything!) and the boys each got a bowl full to taste the finished product. Smiles were all around the table, and I’m afraid that if hubby doesn’t wake up soon, there won’t be any left for him to have with his dinner!
Idahoan on Your Table Prize Package Giveaway
Just take a look at all the wonderful goodies that Idahoan is going to send to you if you are chosen the winner of this giveaway valued at $50.00 worth of products! ( flowers not included )
You can find all of the recipes and products on the Idahoan website! Be sure to check out their flavored mashed section too with all of the great varieties and tastes that are available, and follow them on Facebook!
Giveaway begins Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST and ends on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST. This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental United States only, age 18 and older. One winner per household, email address, or home address. If you have won this giveaway on another blog, you are ineligible to win again. I participated in this event on behalf of Wendy’s Bloggers for Idahoan Foods. I received Idahoan products to facilitate my review.
Go ahead and get your giveaway entries in and then you can run off to the grocery store and grab some Idahoan Mashed Potatoes for your dinner tonight! Good luck to each of you on the giveaway and Merry Christmas from Life in a House of Testosterone!