I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a big fan of instant potatoes. Nothing can beat the taste and texture of “real” mashed potatoes, but they take a lot of time to make! Not to mention the effort to actually mash the potatoes once they’re cooked. Instant potatoes take a fraction of the time to make, and they make a perfect side for quick weeknight dinners. (We eat instant potatoes enough at home — because they’re gluten-free — that I usually just buy a big box of them at Costco.)
Just because instant mashed potatoes are quick and easy to make doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Some brands recommend adding butter during the cooking process, which adds both utter flavor and creaminess to the finished potatoes. But that got me thinking… what other ingredients could I include to add more flavor to my instant potatoes? (I was also thinking ahead here… could I find a way to make instant potatoes that were so good I could serve them at Thanksgiving dinner? I’m always on the hunt for a good time-saver, especially around the holidays!)
So I did what I always do when I have pressing questions – I turned to the internet! I found several different recipes, recommendations, and suggestions for how to make instant mashed potatoes taste more homemade. I took what I liked and what made sense to me, and eventually ended up with the following recipe. These potatoes are SO GOOD. They definitely had that comforting, homemade taste, and it wasn’t any harder, or more time consuming, than following the package directions. I would happily serve these at my own Thanksgiving dinner!
Instant Mashed Potatoes (That Taste Homemade)
Put the broth, butter, and salt into a small pot, and bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, remove from heat.
Add the sour cream and potato flakes, and mix with a fork. Make sure that all the flakes get moistened, then let them sit until all the liquid has been absorbed.
Makes 2 servings, but you can easily double or triple the recipe.