Throw open that spice cabinet, because flavor is a friend to instant potatoes. Think about the spices, seasonings and other additions you’d normally add to homemade mashed spuds. Minced garlic or garlic powder enhances potatoes, especially when followed by a healthy sprinkling of shredded cheese. Bottled ranch dressing or dry ranch dressing mix offers a zesty kick. Other favorites are dill, chives and crumbled bacon. If all else fails, top your taters with lots of butter, a sprinkle with salt and pepper and drench them with gravy.
The average person eats about 73 pounds of potatoes each year. That’s a lot of potatoes, people! You can afford to add a little variety in your potato-consuming life. Instant potatoes have such a mild flavor it’s really a blank slate for you to come up with any flavor combination you wish. Get creative and try a seasoning mixture, such as taco seasoning, pizza spices or even the seasoning mix that comes with ramen noodles. Throw in other veggies, like baked and mashed parsnips, roasted butternut squash or even canned pumpkin. Go crazy!