Instantly Delicious Mashed Potatoes



*This recipe uses a seasoning blend found in the eCookbook, Mix it / Store it / Make it  ~ Entrees and Seasonings.  Click here to purchase and make the seasoning for your pantry! 





Made these last night instead of the rice that was on the meal planning calender.  I just didn't feel like rice!  Potatoes sounded better *grin*.  The gravy from the  Smothered Pork Chops was fabulous poured over the potatoes!

And yes...they ARE instant potatoes!


Ingredients
2 cups water*
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 cups potato flakes (any brand...just use the flake version)
1 teaspoon Basil with Garlic Seasoning Blend
1 cup milk*
salt and pepper to taste
OPTIONAL:
1/4 - 1/2 cup sour cream

*no milk option:  boil 3 cups water instead of 2 and skip the addition of milk.  

Directions

  1. Place the water and butter/margarine in a large pot over high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the potato flakes with the seasoning blend.  
  3. When water comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat source, add the seasoned potato flakes and milk and whisk.  
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste and the addition of sour cream if desired.  Serve hot. 
Make a double batch and plan to serve Shepherd's Pie another day this week.


MEAL TRAIL IDEAS:
Having this blend bagged and ready to use makes these other recipes faster and easier to prepare in the future: 


Tip from Tami: Blends You Can Bag!
These make a great last minute side dish option when prepackaged.  In a resealable bag or small container, put the 2 cups potato flakes, the 1 teaspoon of Basil and Garlic Seasoning Blend and if you know your 'to taste' portion of salt and pepper, add that as well. (I use 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 3/4 teaspoon salt).  Seal the container and label as Seasoned Mashed Potatoes.  If desired, list the additional ingredients required and cooking directions for fast and easy prep time.  

 label a few bags...
 fill them up with the dry ingredients...
store on the shelf beside the other 'side dish' options you have in the pantry. 
These cook up just as fast as heating a can of corn!


Get the Kids Cooking: 
These potatoes are great for getting the kids involved in 2 ways:
  1. After the water comes to a boil and you have removed the pot from the heat source, let the kids finish the dish by adding the seasoned flakes and whipping it together.  Ask older kids to help you taste them to determine how much salt and pepper to add.  They will feel like a real cook!
  2. Assembly line workers!  If you are packaging several batches of the dry ingredients for storage, bring in the kids to scoop, pour and seal.  


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