May 19, 2006

Lazy Man's Side Dish: Alexia's Yukon Gold Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Sea Salt

I sometimes question how I ever lived without a microwave. My husband and I didn't have one for quite a while after we married, until we moved into our first house. For a couple of years, it just sat there, totally idle, a remnant of the previous owners. Then, we had kids. It's amazing how quickly the microwave becomes an essential household appliance when you have screeching, hungry children on your hands.

Thankfully, there is an ever-growing selection of decent microwaveable food out there these days, as long as you're willing to pay for the convenience. Tonight I tried Alexia's frozen Yukon Gold Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Sea Salt. The label had the usual "All Natural" and "No Trans Fat" labels that seem to be so popular these days, but what made me pick them up was the small, simple ingredient list: basically, potatoes, buttter, and salt. Just like the real thing, only quicker, more expensive, and easier on the arms.

Unlike other prefab mashed potatoes I've tried in the past, these actually looked like real potatoes--they were a bit chunky here and there rather than being whipped beyond all recognition. They also tasted like actual potatoes, too. The sea salt added quite a salty bite, although the package claims only 80 mg of sodium per 1/2 cup serving. They also have a version called Country Reds Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parmesan.

The only drawback? The kids wouldn't eat them. My son ate choked them down bite by tiny bite (under threat of punishment), while my daughter reacted like I was asking her to eat a steaming plate of cat turds. She wasn't buying my claim that "they're just like mushed up french fries!". But I sure as heck wouldn't base your buying decision on my kids' palates because you'd be restricted to about 10 foods. Let's just say the plates didn't make it to the dishwasher with any leftovers on them because the grown-ups in the household thought they were delicious.

About Alexia: The company was stared by a Manhattan-based chef, Alex Dzieduszycki. He's the guy who created Terra Chips, and now the company focuses on all sorts of natural frozen potato foods, including some organic products. They are also now producing "artisan breads."

Alexia Yukon Gold Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Sea Salt Ingredients: Yukon gold potatoes, milk, butter (sweet cream, salt, annatto color), water, onion, seal salt, spice.

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