There are so many ways to prepare potatoes that it’s no surprise spuds remain a family favorite. People most often think of potatoes as the ultimate side dish; however, it’s time to move potatoes to the center of the plate. Prepared mashed potatoes, such as Idahoan mashed potatoes, can help add a little extra flavor, crunch or creaminess to a variety of recipes.
Try crusting ordinary halibut with potato flakes for savory Roasted Garlic Halibut, an easy weeknight meal that can be ready in just 20 minutes. Skip the mayonnaise on these Savory Potato Wraps, a delicious departure from traditional sandwich wraps. And, for a more upscale meal, try Crab-Stuffed Roasted Chicken Breast, which features a rich filling of Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes, crabmeat, fresh basil and shredded Parmesan.
Roasted Garlic Halibut
Preparation time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 15 minutes; makes 4 servings
2 pounds halibut
1, 4-ounce package Idahoan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, dry
Salt and pepper
Cut halibut filet into 4 pieces (8-ounce portions). Lightly salt and pepper.
Empty contents of mashed potatoes package on large plate. Coat filets liberally, gently pushing potatoes into filets. In large sauté pan, preheat a generous amount of canola oil, on medium heat.
When oil is hot, gently place the halibut in pan, being careful not to splash. Sauté fish until golden brown (approximately 2 to 4 minutes). Turn filets and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pan and let sauté until done (until flaky, or approximately 8 to 12 minutes). Remove from heat. Add lemon juice to taste and serve.
Preparation time: 15 minutes; cooking time: 30 minutes; Servings: 2 medium pizzas
2 ounces warm water
1 tablespoon active, dry yeast
1, 4-ounce package of dry Idahoan Roasted Garlic Flavored Mashed Potatoes
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
6 ounces cool water
1 ounce olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1, 6-ounce package of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 to 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
Toppings: diced ham, pepperoni, sausage, hamburger, pineapple chunks, green pepper, onion, extra cheese
Stir the yeast into the warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add mashed potatoes and flour.
Stir all other remaining ingredients into bowl. Knead by hand for approximately 5 minutes, or until dough is elastic and smooth.
Place dough in a mixing bowl sprayed with non-stick spray. Set in a warm area, covered with a towel, and let rise for 1 hour.
Punch down dough and divide into two halves. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out until it is very thin. The shape of the pizza doesn’t really matter — round or square. The idea is for it to be homestyle, not perfect.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place dough on baking sheet or pizza sheet. Top with desired amount of pizza sauce, spreading evenly.
Evenly distribute the cheese and your favorite toppings.
Bake for 17 to 21 minutes, or until crust edges become light brown.
When pizza is done, take out of oven and let rest for 3 minutes. Slice and serve.
Crab-Stuffed Roasted Chicken Breast
Preparation time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 1 hour; makes 8 servings
8 boneless chicken breasts, uncooked
1, 10- to 12-ounce bottle prepared Italian salad dressing
1, 4-ounce pouch Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes
1/2 pound crab meat
6 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place chicken breasts in 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish.
Pour dressing over chicken and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Cut a slit in middle of chicken breast with sharp knife. Do not cut all the way through.
Cut a little pocket on either side of slit, again, making sure not to cut all the way through.
Prepare potatoes according to package directions. Mix in crab. Salt and pepper to taste.
Distribute potato mixture evenly among chicken pockets. Sprinkle with cheese.
Place in a non-greased baking dish. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese has completely melted. Remove from oven and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.
Savory Potato Wraps
Preparation time: 5 minutes; cooking time: 5 minutes; makes 4 wraps
1 cup prepared Idahoan Original Mashed Potatoes
4 (9-inch) red pepper or flour tortillas
1/2 pound cooked turkey breast or ham, thinly sliced (approximately 8 slices), or diced into small chunks
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup diced red bell pepper or tomato
Prepare potatoes as package directs for 2 servings. Cool potatoes to room temperature.
Warm tortillas individually in microwave for 8 to 10 seconds.
Spread each tortilla with 1/4 cup mashed potatoes. Top with 2 slices of turkey or ham, 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and red pepper or tomato. Roll up and place seam-side down.
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Source: Idahoan Potatoes
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