Alright, I admit it. I’ve used potato flakes.
Sometimes, I just don’t feel like messing with a primal/paleo/natural/weshouldbeeatingthis side. Sometimes it’s been a hectic day and the dog is barking and the baby is crying and my hair is turning gray and I really wanna just slap dinner on the table. So I resort to potato flakes.
I’ve even gone to buying organic potato flakes from whole foods. And you know, they aren’t bad. The only ingredient is potatoes. But, of course, those potatoes aren’t anywhere near their natural state being the dried little flakies that they are. But they are a GREAT prepper food, they aren’t really a primal food, but they are awesome if you are like me and looking for more paleo alternatives to storing survival type food.
Of course, I always have leftovers. That no one wants to eat. I don’t actually eat mashed potatoes (diabetes is a cruel bitch) on a regular basis, so I would make bread with the leftovers (yes you can do this) or dumplings. Since I don’t make mashed potatoes that often, you can imagine I don’t make bread or dumplings that often either. And I hate making bread. Bread hates me. I’m bad at it anyway.
So the moral of the story is that I always end up with leftover damn mashed potatoes. And no idea what to do with it other than those two things.
Until I read in one of my dehydrator books that you can actually dehydrate mashed potatoes. Even if they are from potato flakes.
So essentially I’m making, then re-drying, already dried potatoes.
Sure. Why the hell not. As my dear Irish friends say: The devil hates a coward.
So I slathered my leftover mashed potatoes, made from flakes, on a dehydrator tray. A thin layer.
I dried them for about 3 hours.
I kinda peeled them off the parchment. They were big, dry sheets basically. And I put them in my food processor.
And pulsed them until they were kinda fine.
Then I boiled up some milk and water like you do for instant potatoes only sans the butter and salt.
I was afraid since they weren’t super fine flakes like the kind in the box id end up with crunchy potatoes. But not at all. They came out pretty creamy, but with more texture than the box kind. In a pleasant way.
And ya know what? Amazingly. Almost impossibly. They are BETTER than just out of box. How? Why? I have no idea. They actually taste like REAL mashed potatoes. Go freakin figure.
To top off the awesomeness of all this, I needed to add exactly jack squat to them. No salt. No butter. Nothing. They’re teally good. Like. Good enough into fooling someone that they aren’t instant potatoes.
I’m not worried about the fact that they had butter or milk in them. I routinely dehydrate yogurt, and that’s perfectly safe if done correctly.
So. I’m feeling pretty smug. I found a way to use leftovers creatively. And it’s actually pretty damn good.
I think I may win the internet today. :p