Tater Talk November 2023


Idaho® Potatoes Are The Secret Ingredient To The Best Mashed Potatoes EVER

And now, it’s time for the main event of Thanksgiving … mashed Idaho® potatoes! The Idaho Potato Commission continues to be your go-to resource for all things mashed taters: recipes, tips, how-to videos, and more! Visit our mashed potato hub for more than a dozen cooking demonstrations, like how to boil potatoes best. Once you’ve got the basics mastered, scroll down to our recipe rolodex and pick from any of our delicious dishes. Might we suggest the Creamy Buttermilk and Parsley Mashed Potatoes? Using both buttermilk and heavy cream will give this pot o’ potatoes a flavor profile like no other!

Navigate to All Things Mashed Potatoes for more information. 


Build A Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Plate With Idaho® Potatoes

Diabetes is one of the country’s greatest health crises: 133 million Americans are living with diabetes or prediabetes. However, those living with diabetes do not have to miss out on any Thanksgiving goodness! The IPC partnered with the American Diabetes Association and created an online Diabetes Resource Guide to equip everyone with walkthrough videos, recipes, and crucial information right in time for Thanksgiving. Once you learn the ADA’s Diabetes Plate Method, any number of meal combinations is possible! Be sure to reserve one-quarter of your plate for any kind of Idaho potatoes; we suggest the Herb and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes.  

Head to the American Diabetes Association Resource Center to learn more. 

Where To Buy Idaho® Potatoes This Thanksgiving

To enjoy Idaho potatoes at Thanksgiving, you have to know where to buy them, right? With the help of our retail partners, the Idaho Potato Commission created an interactive map of the United States that lists all the stores in each state that carry Idaho potatoes. Simply find your state on the map and give it a click. You’ve now completed the first step of becoming the MVP of your Thanksgiving dinner!

Click here to find where Idaho potatoes are sold near you. 


Potato 101: Mashing Potatoes

We’re here to teach you how to mash the best potatoes ahead of Thanksgiving, which is coincidentally National Mashed Idaho Potato Day. Start by using Idaho Russet potatoes. Their high solids content provides great texture, especially when you leave the skins on! Peel and chunk the spuds into similarly sized pieces before submerging them in a pot of cold water. Bring the potatoes to a boil for 5 to 8 minutes to ensure even cooking. Once fork tender, strain and heat the spuds for 15 to 30 seconds to remove more moisture. Add warm cream or milk, then mash with a potato masher, ricer, or any device that gets the job done. Continue to add butter and cream until you reach your desired creaminess. Don’t forget the butter! These potatoes are perfect as is, but feel free to add additional flavor enhancers at this point such as herbs, cheese, roasted garlic, and more!

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

Ask Dr. Potato

Q: I made my mashed potatoes runny. Do you have suggestions on how to make thicken them?

A: The quickest, easiest remedy to fix watery mashed potatoes is to add dehydrated potatoes, a few tablespoons at a time until you reach the desired thickness. Another simple method is to allow the runny mashed potatoes to remain on the stove, low to medium heat; stirring occasionally until the excess moisture reduces (evaporates) and the mashed potatoes are the desired thickness. Take care to not over-stir or the potato cells will break down and the mashed potatoes will reach an undesirable, ‘gluey’ texture.


Idaho Potato Commission