Okay, okay, so potatoes are not actually on my Christmas list... but Potato Jazz by The Little Potato Company gave me the gift of time, which is something on almost everyone's wish list.
I've learned to cook and bake some pretty impressive dishes over the past few years, but potatoes and I do not get along for some reason. While I've had a bit better luck lately, I am notorious for under-cooking potatoes and hate prepping them (thankfully Hubs doesn't mind peeling and/or cutting). When I was offered the Potato Jazz review, I was hoping to find a quick and easy side dish and a way for my potato-loving husband to get more of his favourite tuber... but also a bit nervous that I still might find a way to screw them up.
Potato Jazz are simply little (or creamer) potatoes that come in a specially designed microwavable tray. From the Potato Jazz website:
"At the Little Potato Company, we do not genetically modify our products and are committed to producing and selling potatoes in their natural state.Our potatoes are simply specialty varieties sourced from around the world that naturally grow to their perfect little size at full maturity. We also use traditional breeding techniques involving cross-pollination to produce new potato plants.It’s potatoes the way nature intended. (You also won’t find any preservatives or funny words you can’t pronounce on our ingredient list.)"
It was awesome to find out that these were not 'Frankenveggies' but simply cute little potatoes.
Each Potato Jazz tray comes with it's own blend of herbs & spices, which are added after cooking. The four available varieties are Garlic and Parsley, Zesty Italian, Savoury Herb and Chipotle.
The directions on Potato Jazz take simple one step further. In fact, the first night I was going to test these I ended up coming down with something and hubs had to fend for himself. Not that he's kitchen-challenged, but these were so simple for him to make.
Really, you just take off the packet of spice and put it in the microwave on high for 5 minutes - no poking or peeling back film or anything, the tray does it all. Following the instructions, you let the potatoes rest for a couple of minutes, remove the film, then you sprinkle on the seasoning and toss. The instructions said you can add some butter or olive oil at the point, but I didn't... and I didn't miss it. The moisture on the steamed potatoes was enough to make the spice mix adhere.
The potatoes come out perfectly done, even when I make them! The texture of the potatoes is really creamy and they have a great flavour, even without the seasoning. The seasonings are not salty and blend well with the selected potato varieties in each pack. So far my favourite is the Savoury Herb and Hubs, well he likes them all.
I really enjoyed trying Potato Jazz and look forward to keeping a few trays in my fridge to complete our sometimes rushed weeknight dinners. To find a retailer near you, you can use their store locator.
The Little Potato Company has also offered to give one of my Canadian readers the opportunity to try out the Potato Jazz lineup. To win a variety box of 8 assorted Potato Jazz products, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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