Garlic “Instant” Mashed Potatoes…Shhh don’t tell anyone they’re Instant!

I know you can never replace the real thing, but sometimes you can substitute it! I’m talking about potatoes! My family loves “Real” mashed potatoes. But sometimes I don’t always have enough on hand or they are so expensive and not that great looking. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind paying for good looking potatoes, but not those ugly ones that look like they should be the start of next year’s crop.

I always have that container of good old fashioned instant potatoes flakes on hand, just incase. There is so many options that you can do with them. You and add garlic, cheese, sour cream, bacon and more. You can also make bread, rolls, gnocchi and they also make a great thickener for soups. So next time your at the store pick up a box, you never know when you might need it!

Garlic “Instant” Mashed Potatoes 

4 cups water

4 1/2 teaspoons chicken bullion 

1 1/2 cups 1/2&1/2

6 Tablespoons of butter 

4 cups instant potatoes flakes 

1 teaspoon pepper (we like pepper)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon parsley 

Salt (optional, remember you have it in the bullion)

1) In a medium sauce pan add water, 1/2 & 1/2 and butter. Heat on medium low just until a simmer starts. Remove from heat.

2) Add chicken bullion, pepper, garlic powder and parsley.

3) Whisk in instant potato flakes slowly just until combined. At this point they may look like you need more flakes. But do not add more. Let sit about 5 minutes. Add salt if needed.

4) Whip the potatoes a bit and serve.