Tater Talk December 2023


Home for the Holidays with Idaho® Potatoes

Our love for the holiday season can be boiled down to two things: Spending quality time with quality people and eating quality food. If you’re like us, this recipe, Smashed Garlic Potatoes with Rosemary checks off all the boxes. Just the small will enrapture your family and friends. If appetizers are on the menu, we can assure you that Mozzarella and Potato Croquette will be devoured before dinner. In a pinch time? Pull out your instant pot for quick and easy Cheddar Potato Soup or Potato Cheese Casserole; 15 minutes is all you’ll need and the whole family will say ho-ho-holy moly that’s good! 

Find the rest of our holiday recipes here.


The Most Exciting Cold Weather Bowl Game on the Blue Turf

A holiday tradition like no other! Utah State (6-6) will take on Georgia State (6-6) in the 2023 Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl. The game kicks off at 1:30 pm Mountain time on ESPN.

More information about the bowl game can be found here.

Call the Kids! It’s Time to = Bake Idaho® Potato Holiday Cookies

Potatoes? In cookies? Uh, yeah! Start a tradition with your kiddo and whip together quick-and-easy holiday cookies using Idaho potatoes. Let everyone in the family try their hand at decorating their cookie for a little family-friendly competition. Winner gets to eat as many cookies as they want!

Click here for our special holiday cookie recipe. 

Leftover Mashed Idaho® Potato Muffins

Thanksgiving might be over but mashed potatoes are never out of season, especially when it comes to leftovers! 

Preheat your oven to 400°F and add a beaten egg, spinach, shredded cheese, and green onions to your leftover spuds. Season to your liking before scooping the mixture into muffin tins, filling three-fourths of each divot. Pop them in the oven for 25-35 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Sprinkle additional shredded cheese atop each muffin and bake for an additional two minutes or until melted. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with sour cream and other toppings you love on your taters and enjoy!

Head to the Idaho Potato YouTube channel for more instructional videos. 

Ask Dr. Potato

Q: I want to cook my potatoes along with my roast but in a separate pan. The roast will be cooked at 350°F. How long should I keep them in so they will be done at the same time?

A: To ensure that both the roast and potatoes are done at the same time, you'll want to consider the cooking time for each item. Cooking times can vary depending on the size and type of potatoes, as well as the cut and weight of the roast. However, here are some general guidelines:

  • Place the roast in the oven first since it has a longer cooking time.
  • After about 30-45 minutes, place the potatoes in a separate pan in the oven. This way, the potatoes will finish cooking around the same time as the roast.

The internal temperature of the roast is the most reliable way to determine if it's cooked to your desired level of doneness. Adjust the timing based on the actual weights and sizes of your roast and potatoes.


Idaho Potato Commission