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The majestic spud has withstood the test of time as a favorite side dish of diners, and for good reason.
Potatoes don’t just taste good, they are also good for you, offering an enriching source of vitamins C and B6, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, potatoes are the No. 1 vegetable crop in the U.S. and the fourth most consumed crop in the world. The average American eats roughly 124 lbs. of potatoes per year.
It also holds the honor of being the first vegetable to be grown in space.
Besides the taste, the spud remains so popular because of its versatility. There are thousands of potato varieties, but the most popular include russet, red, white, yellow, purple, fingerling and petite. Potatoes can be served either baked, mashed, roasted, fried, scalloped or hashed, among many other creative options.
“I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them," said Nora Ephron, the late author.
This comfort food rarely disappoints. With that in mind, potatoes have remained a spotlight feature in side offerings on most restaurant menus.
However, keeping up with the constant influx of spud orders isn't always easy. When serving hundreds of diners a day, an operator needs to consider solutions for their menu that are convenient, easy to prep, yet also affordable.
Thanks to suppliers like Idahoan®, serving epicurean potato delights has never been so attainable.
Dinner Dishes Where the Potato Takes the Center Stage
Today's consumers' dinner preferences have shifted. They crave new flavorful options that stimulate their palates, but also consists of quality ingredients.
Idahoan® Foods prides itself on being solely focused on providing the best potato products in the business. The company has partnered with growers in Idaho to supply potatoes that are specifically custom-grown for their recipes.
It's safe to say that Idahoan knows mashed potatoes, considering the company has spent 60 years growing REAL Idaho® potatoes to create "America’s Favorite Mashed Potatoes."
Idahoan's Rustic Homestyle Russets Mashed Potatoes, for example, are made from Certified 100% Idaho® potatoes and have just the right balance of buttery and seasoned flavor that foodies can't seem to get enough of. These homestyle potatoes also have a delectable texture featuring real lumps and peels.
Not to mention, the Idahoan® Rustic Homestyle Russets Mashed Potatoes are only 90 calories per serving and have just 0.5 g of fat.
This mashed potato product offers a consistent field-fresh flavor and can be prepped or refreshed easily, saving your kitchen teams' valuable time. This favorite side item pairs nicely with all proteins including beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish, lamb and other vegetables.
They can be served as-is, or embellished with bacon and cheese.
If you want to serve a twist on the classic mashed potato, mix them with parmesan and cauliflower or with roasted garlic and goat cheese. It’s easy for an operator to be as creative as they want with these potato options while also feeling confident that they are serving a quality product that meets their high standards.