Potato panic? Take a Thanksgiving shortcut

Consumer Reports News: November 24, 2010 04:37 PM

If you’re a little overwhelmed by the amount and variety of food you’ve got to get on the table tomorrow, why not cut yourself a little slack, at least in the mashed potatoes and gravy department.

You can serve up store-bought mashed potatoes that are tasty and score Good for nutrition in a manner of minutes. Our trained panelists taste-tested 12 mashed potato products and found one that was Excellent (Bob Evans Original) and five that were Very Good (Ratings available to subscribers). Some just need heating; others call for adding ingredients such as milk, butter, salt, and water.

Then, to top them off, add some turkey gravy. Our taste-testers tried 10 gravy products—four dry mixes (just add water, stir, and heat) and six canned or jarred gravies (just heat). They found  a dry mix, Knorr Roasted, to be the tastiest. Per serving, most of the gravies (Ratings available to subscribers) have 20 to 25 calories, very little fat, and 260 to 360 milligrams of sodium. If you add pan drippings (minus the fat) from your roasted turkey, you will get an even better flavor.

Sue Byrne, senior editor, ConsumerReportsHealth.org

For more holiday dinner hints, including how to shave the calories from your meal, see Healthy Holiday Choices.


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