EAGLE, ID, October 1, 2009 -- Traditionally, the holidays offer the opportunity for increased sales and extra revenue with the onset of office parties and festive gatherings for family and friends. While consumers continue to watch their wallets, they have not lost the desire to celebrate the season and indulge themselves a bit. During the holidays, foodservice operators can still please palates and stimulate sales by considering cost-saving options that are both appealing and affordable.
Mashed Idaho® potatoes are the ideal option for holiday menu planning because of their low-cost and infinite versatility. Fresh and processed mashed potatoes can easily be dressed up to complement any dining occasion. As an added bonus, guests will treat themselves to a healthy dish - great taste without the guilt! If prepared with calorie counting in mind, a 3/4 cup serving of mashed Idaho potatoes is less than 200 calories. Consider mixing mashed potatoes with roasted garlic or fresh herbs such as basil, cilantro or thyme and guests may not be so tempted to pile on the fat-laden toppings.
"Mashed Idaho potatoes can be simple or fancy, inexpensive or upscale," said Don Odiorne, VP of Foodservice for IPC. "Simply prepared, standard serving (3/4 cup) of mashed potatoes costs about 32 cents. Depending on your operation, you can create something as effortless as oven-roasted tomatoes with fresh herbs or an elegant porcini mushroom sauce. The variations and flavor profiles are endless. Determine what best reflects your restaurant or non-commercial setting and let your creativity and talents take over."
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If you have a particular potato problem or unusual question, feel free to contact Dr. Potato at www.foodserviceblog.idahopotato.com. Dr. Potato is a spudtacular reference for all things potato.
Visit www.idahopotato.com for a wide breadth of information, tips and resources. Additionally check out http://foodservice.idahopotato.com/recipes/cat_id-14 for a variety of mashed potato dishes.
Learn more about preparing mashed potatoes by watching Making Mashed Potatoes -- Part I and Creating Signature Mashed Potatoes -- Part II videos. To view, click here.
About Idaho Potatoes
Although Idaho is famous worldwide for its premium potatoes, some operators don't realize that only potatoes grown in the Gem State can wear the "Grown in Idaho" Seal. Both words Idaho® Potatoes and the "Grown in Idaho®" seal are federally registered Certification Marks that certify to consumers that they are purchasing genuine Idaho Potatoes that have been grown in the state of Idaho.
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous "Grown in Idaho®" seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.
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