Idaho® Mashed Potatoes are one of the most popular items in foodservice-appearing on 66% menus-because their versatility allows chefs to use them as a base ingredient for signature dishes with exciting variations that include buttermilk-bacon and garlic-olive oil.
The high solids content of Idaho® Potatoes provides a dry, mealy interior ideal for mashed potatoes with a distinct texture and rich, hearty flavor. The low moisture content results in lighter, fluffier mashed potatoes, prevents waxy or watery product, and improves yield.
Many operators find that processed Idaho® Mashed Potatoes in flakes, granules, or frozen form offer significant cost and labor savings. Preseasoned, butter-flavored mashed potatoes with made-from-scratch flavor and appearance are also available.
Mashed potatoes can be simple or fancy, inexpensive or upscale. Top with brown gravy and serve with meat loaf or top with butter and serve with fried chicken. Mix with horseradish and serve with steak. Add roasted garlic and serve with lobster tail. Or create your own signature dishes with these ideas:
Mashed Idaho® Potatoes also have a healthy side. Tasty, satisfying, nutrition-oriented mashed potatoes can be made by:
When making Idaho® Mashed Potatoes from flakes or granules, always read and follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Store unopened containers away from intense heat. After opening, cover each container with a tight-fitting lid and store in a cool, dry area. When adding milk (whole, low-fat, skim, or nonfat dry) to flakes or granules, it must be at refrigerator temperature (35â€“40°F).
Processed Idaho® Mashed Potatoes can be held in a steam table (moist heat #5). Granules should be held no more than 30 minutes; flakes, no more than 1-1/4 hours. Granules and flakes can also be held in 250°F warming cabinets for 30 and 50 minutes, respectively. Hold potatoes in deep pans and keep covered with a lid or plastic wrap. If a dry heat table is used, set pan in water bath.
Frozen Idaho® Potatoes are precooked and precut, meaning less preparation time. Follow the manufacturer's directions for steaming, boiling, or microwaving. Typically, mashed potatoes made from a frozen product can be held longer-usually up to 4 hours on a steam table or in a warming cabinet at 175â€“200°F. Refer to the manufacturer's directions for specific steaming, boiling, microwaving, and holding times.