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Potatoes take centerstage

Posted: May 11, 2010 2:28 p.m.
Updated: May 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Idahoan pizzaPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesServings: 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 cheeseStir 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°F.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. Idahoan pizzaPrep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesServings: 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 cheeseStir 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°F.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.
<strong>Idahoan pizza</strong><br />Prep Time: 15 minutes<br />Cook Time: 30 minutes<br />Servings: 2 medium pizzas<br />    2     ounces warm water<br />    1     tablespoon active, <br />        dry yeast<br />    1     4-ounce package of <br />        dry Idahoan Roasted <br />        Garlic Flavored <br />        Mashed Potatoes<br />    2 1/4     cups all purpose <br />        flour<br />    6     ounces cool water<br />    1     ounce olive oil<br />    1     tablespoon honey<br />    1     6-ounce package of <br />        shredded <br />        mozzarella cheese<br />    1     to 1 1/2 cups tomato <br />        sauce<br />        Toppings: diced <br />        ham, pepperoni, <br />        sausage, hamburger, <br />        pineapple chunks,                 green pepper, <br />        onion, extra cheese<br />Stir the yeast into the warm water. Stir until dissolved. Add mashed potatoes and flour. Stir all other remaining ingredients into bowl. <br />Knead by hand for approxi­mately 5 minutes, or until dough is elastic and smooth.<br />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.<br />Punch down dough and divide into two halves. <br />On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out until it is very thin. <br />The shape of the pizza doesn’t really matter — round or square. The idea is for it to be homestyle, not perfect.<br />Preheat oven to 400°F.<br />Place dough on baking sheet or pizza sheet. <br />Top with desired amount of pizza sauce, spreading evenly.<br />Evenly distribute the cheese and your favorite toppings. <br />Bake for 17 to 21 minutes, or until crust edges become light brown.<br />When pizza is done, take out of oven and let rest for 3 minutes. Slice and serve.
Crab-stuffed roasted chicken breastPrep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hourServings: 8&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;8 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;boneless chicken &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;breasts, uncooked&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;10 to 12-ounce bottle &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;prepared Italian &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;salad dressing&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;4-ounce pouch &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Idahoan Four &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Cheese Mashed &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Potatoes&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;pound crab meat&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;6 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;ounces shredded &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Parmesan cheese&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Salt and pepper&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;2 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;tablespoons fresh &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;basil, finely choppedPreheat oven to 350&deg;F.Place chicken breasts in 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish.Pour dressing over chicken and bake for 25 to 30 min&shy;utes. 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 wrapsPrep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutesServings: 4 wraps&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;cup prepared &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Idahoan Original &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Mashed Potatoes&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;4 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;(9-inch) red pepper &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;or flour tortillas&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;pound cooked &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;turkey breast or &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;ham, thinly sliced &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;(approximately 8 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;slices), or diced into &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;small chunks&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;cup shredded lettuce&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;cup diced red bell pepper or tomatoPrepare 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. Crab-stuffed roasted chicken breastPrep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 1 hourServings: 8&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;8 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;boneless chicken &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;breasts, uncooked&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;10 to 12-ounce bottle &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;prepared Italian &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;salad dressing&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;4-ounce pouch &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Idahoan Four &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Cheese Mashed &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Potatoes&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;pound crab meat&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;6 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;ounces shredded &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Parmesan cheese&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Salt and pepper&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;2 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;tablespoons fresh &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;basil, finely choppedPreheat oven to 350&deg;F.Place chicken breasts in 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish.Pour dressing over chicken and bake for 25 to 30 min&shy;utes. 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 wrapsPrep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutesServings: 4 wraps&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;cup prepared &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Idahoan Original &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Mashed Potatoes&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;4 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;(9-inch) red pepper &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;or flour tortillas&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1/2 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;pound cooked &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;turkey breast or &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;ham, thinly sliced &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;(approximately 8 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;slices), or diced into &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;small chunks&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;cup shredded lettuce&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;1 &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;cup diced red bell pepper or tomatoPrepare 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.
<strong>Crab-stuffed roasted chicken breast</strong><br />Prep Time: 5 minutes <br />Cook Time: 1 hour<br />Servings: 8<br />    8     boneless chicken     <br />        breasts, uncooked<br />    1     10 to 12-ounce bottle <br />        prepared Italian <br />        salad dressing<br />    1     4-ounce pouch <br />        Idahoan Four <br />        Cheese Mashed <br />        Potatoes<br />    1/2     pound crab meat<br />    6     ounces shredded <br />        Parmesan cheese<br />        Salt and pepper<br />    2     tablespoons fresh <br />        basil, finely chopped<br />Preheat oven to 350°F.<br />Place chicken breasts in 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish.<br />Pour dressing over chicken and bake for 25 to 30 min­utes. Remove from oven and cool.<br />Cut a slit in middle of chicken breast with sharp knife. Do not cut all the way through. <br />Cut a little pocket on either side of slit, again, making sure not to cut all the way through.<br />Prepare potatoes according to package directions. Mix in crab. Salt and pepper to taste. <br />Distribute potato mixture evenly among chicken pockets. Sprinkle with cheese.<br />Place in a non-greased baking dish. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese has completely melted. <br />Remove from oven and garnish with basil. Serve immediately.<br />Savory potato wraps<br />Prep Time: 5 minutes <br />Cook Time: 5 minutes<br />Servings: 4 wraps<br />    1     cup prepared <br />        Idahoan Original <br />        Mashed Potatoes<br />    4     (9-inch) red pepper <br />        or flour tortillas<br />    1/2     pound cooked <br />        turkey breast or                 ham, thinly sliced <br />        (approximately 8 <br />        slices), or diced into <br />        small chunks<br />    1     cup shredded lettuce<br />    1     cup diced red bell pepper or tomato<br />Prepare potatoes as package directs for 2 servings. Cool potatoes to room temperature.<br />Warm tortillas individually in microwave for 8 to 10 seconds. <br />Spread each tortilla with 1/4 cup mashed potatoes. <br />Top with 2 slices of turkey or ham, 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and red pepper or tomato. <br />Roll up and place seam-side down.<br /><br />
Roasted garlic halibut crusted with Idaho Potato flakes can be prepared in just 20 minutes.Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesServings: 4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; pounds halibut&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4-ounce package &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Idahoan Roasted &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Garlic Mashed &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Potatoes, dry&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Canola oil&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Salt and pepper&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; lemonCut 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 saut&eacute; 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. Saut&eacute; fish until golden brown (approximately 2 to 4 min&shy;utes). Turn filets and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pan and let saut&eacute; until done (until flaky, or approximately 8 to 12 minutes). Remove from heat. Add lemon juice to taste and serve Roasted garlic halibut crusted with Idaho Potato flakes can be prepared in just 20 minutes.Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 15 minutesServings: 4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 2 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; pounds halibut&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 4-ounce package &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Idahoan Roasted &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Garlic Mashed &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Potatoes, dry&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Canola oil&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Salt and pepper&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; lemonCut 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 saut&eacute; 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. Saut&eacute; fish until golden brown (approximately 2 to 4 min&shy;utes). Turn filets and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover pan and let saut&eacute; until done (until flaky, or approximately 8 to 12 minutes). Remove from heat. Add lemon juice to taste and serve
Roasted garlic halibut crusted with Idaho Potato flakes can be prepared in just 20 minutes.<br />Prep Time: 5 minutes<br />Cook Time: 15 minutes<br />Servings: 4<br />    2     pounds halibut<br />    1     4-ounce package <br />        Idahoan Roasted <br />        Garlic Mashed <br />        Potatoes, dry<br />        Canola oil<br />        Salt and pepper<br />    1     lemon<br />Cut halibut filet into 4 pieces (8-ounce portions). Lightly salt and pepper.<br />Empty contents of mashed potatoes package on large plate. <br />Coat filets liberally, gently pushing potatoes into filets. In large sauté pan, preheat a generous amount of canola oil, on medium heat.<br />When oil is hot, gently place the halibut in pan, being careful not to splash. <br />Sauté fish until golden brown (approximately 2 to 4 min­utes). <br />Turn filets and reduce heat to medium-low. <br />Cover pan and let sauté until done (until flaky, or approximately 8 to 12 minutes). <br />Remove from heat. Add lemon juice to taste and serve<br />
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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.

Visit www.idahoan.com for more unique recipes and meal ideas.

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