Galley Recipe #4: Twice Baked, Loaded Mashed Potatoes. Dehydrated vs Fresh.

The thing I like about this type of recipe is that as long as you have the base ingredients (potatoes), you can add whatever else you happen to enjoy or have on hand. Its a great way to use up leftovers, or make something filling when you don’t have a lot of ingredients on hand. Pretty much everything other than the potatoes are just optional… or in the case of extra cheese/butter, just a bonus 🙂

Today I used Augason Farms. I ordered a 10 lb tub from Amazon. Yeah, its a lot, but I’ve used dehydrated potatoes in the past, so I wasn’t quite as leery of this product. I love this product. I really hate “instant” mashed potato stuff, so I am thrilled to have found this.

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And I was RIGHT! I’ve made these twice now. Once for this recipe and once to make Po’ Pie. Both times they were a hit.

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Unfortunately for comparison purposes, I didn’t actually have any white potatoes sitting around. I only had the yellow ones… and those don’t seem to do as well for mashed potato type things. At least they didn’t today.  I made the potatoes by boiling them until they were easily mashable, then mashed them up and added my favorite “loaded” ingredients:

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  • 4 cups of dehydrated potatoes, boiled & mashed thoroughly
  • 1 block of cream cheese (I am going to have to get some dehydrated cream cheese to try, too!)
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • Dried Chives
  • Green Onions
  • Bacon bits for the meat eaters pan
  • Sometimes I’ll also add sauteed or roasted garlic, regular or pearl onions, spinach or kale… whatever.
  • Butter, garlic powder and cheese for the top (sometimes we add this, sometimes not)
  • Mix in whatever ingredients you want and bake for 20 minutes at 350.

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Holy beans. The dehydrated potatoes were seriously SO MUCH BETTER than the yellow potatoes that I had. Everyone tasted both and chose to have the dehydrated version.  As a matter of fact, right after I finished taking the photo in the featured image, I left the kitchen with two full bowls sitting on the counter. When I came back, this is what I saw:

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I laughed. If this isn’t a good visual of things, I don’t know what is! One bite out of the “real” potatoes… and the other dish is cleaned out AND the entire loaf pan was empty within the next 30 minutes!

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**Bonus Short & Sweet Review: I bought some silicone bakeware at Aldi for the boat. I figured it would be quiet and not rattle around, it won’t break if I drop it… and I heard that it is supposed to be “non-stick”

HOLY BEANS. It is so non-stick, the twice baked potatoes literally just wiped off the pan. Unlike my glass pan that it just stuck to like super glue. I was incredibly impressed with this pan and plan to get more silicone stuff to add to my boat collection for sure!

What are your favorite potato recipes? Anything I could make boat friendly?

 

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