Mashed potatoes tastier, easier than instant

Rush-Hour Remedies

November 18, 1998|By Joanne E. Morvay

* Item: Inland Valley Homestyle Mashed Potatoes

* What you get: 4 servings

* Cost: About $2.50

* Preparation time: 10 to 14 minutes microwaved, 51 to 62 minutes in the oven

* Review: A reader sent a rave review of these frozen mashed potatoes after we published a positive review of another brand last fall. "You'll love them," she promised. And she was right. We tried Inland Valley's plain and seasoned versions. Both taste better than instant potatoes and are easier to make. Just pop the tray in a conventional or microwave oven, heat and serve. The Seasonings & Chives flavor is zesty, but not overpowering. Be careful not to overcook both flavors because the potatoes form a dry crust on top. And if you're serving a table full of mashed potato lovers, take our advice: Buy two trays because four 2/3 -cup servings of potatoes this good don't last long.

Pub Date: 11/18/98

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