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Old 06-07-2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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mashed potato spices

I'm just curious here. Back when I lived in Buffalo, NY i was able to buy a packet of spices that you dump into your mashed potatoes and they tasted pretty darn good.

I can't find anything like that here in Colorado and have had to resort to fiddling with the spices of my own. The results have been less than spectacular.

There's such a wide variety of flavors in the insta-potato category but we just refuse to eat instant potatoes.


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Old 06-07-2005, 11:46 AM   #2
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Hi Mr. Dove,

I've never even heard of a packet of spices for mashed potatoes. I have heard of people using the dry ranch dressing mix. I'm sure that would be good. Where there herbs along with spices in the packet? Beef base or chicken base does wonders as does freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or goat cheese, or cream cheese and chives.

Anymore of a description you can give or a flavor you are lookin for? Also, what have you tried that you didn't like.


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Old 06-07-2005, 12:06 PM   #3
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In addition to kitchenelf's ideas, I'd go with garlic and onion powders (not salts).
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Old 06-07-2005, 12:58 PM   #4
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At the moment I can say that the mix was a mostly white powder with flecks of green herbs in it.

I presume it had parmesean, garlic or onion, parsley, salt and probably some other things in it.
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Old 06-07-2005, 02:34 PM   #5
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i'm with andy on this one. go with the garlic and onion powders.
i use them all of the time in and on my potatoes. i happen to love instant mashed potates, so i add the garlic and onion, plus scallions or chives, plus fresh-cracked black pepper and seasalt, to those AND real mashed taters. i'm not above instant potatoes.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:53 PM   #6
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I like garlic, and tarragon is also good.
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Old 06-07-2005, 07:33 PM   #7
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I have never seen the spice either but I'd sure give it a try if it can be found.
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Old 06-07-2005, 07:47 PM   #8
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I like mine with just salt and pepper. Sometimes I add roasted garlic. Onion powder would be a great addition too though.
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:39 PM   #9
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When ever we have mashed potatoes, my kids always ask for garlic mashed..I put about 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream in a small pot, add two whole heads of peeled garlic, bring to almost a boil, lower the heat and let them cook til the garlic is so soft you can mash it easily with a fork, I then dump it into my potatoes add a cube or so of butter, depending on how much you like, and whip them adding some grey or kosher salt and fresh craked black pepper.....I never have any left overs, darn it
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Old 06-07-2005, 10:13 PM   #10
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Where I work, we just add salt, pepper, minced garlic, and cream to mashed yukon golds.

At home, I've been known to add roasted garlic puree, or a combo of a little bit of pureed chipotles in adobo and some cheddar cheese.

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