A Trip to The Farm & Roasted Corn and Sage Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Corn & Sage Mashed Potatoes THE AMAZING POTATO

If there was a prize for the worst Idahoan ever I’d be sure to win. Whoever heard of an Idahoan who can’t grow potatoes? Here in God’s country potatoes are a given. It’s what we’re known for, for goodness sake. Yet year after year my potatoes look like something out of a horror movie. In fact, this year I plain gave up and decided I was done with trying. It was fortuitous that Klondike Brands came along and asked me to try out their amazing Klondike Royale Potatoes. I was sold. I’ve learned a tremendous amount on what it takes to grow good potatoes and went out in the trenches, so to speak to see the process of potato harvesting from ground to package. I was impressed. 

A huge thank you goes out to Klondike Brands and Potandon for spending the day with me and showing me the ropes. I’d like to say I’m now ready to grow my own amazing potatoes but to be honest with you, I don’t think I’ll bother. The potato growers here in Idaho and the Idaho Potato Commission do such a great job, I think I’ll leave it to the experts and sit back and enjoy the fruit of their labors instead.

A trip to the Farm: Potaotes A TRIP TO THE FARM

This sign about attitude was the first thing I noticed when walking into the offices at Potandon to meet my hosts for the day. I was impressed. Everyone I met during my tour was kind and accommodating. It was obvious to me that they took this motto to heart.

A trip to the Farm: Potaotes After a meet and greet we headed out to the fields. These little guys are actually new plants. The planting of potatoes in Idaho begins in early April with potatoes being ready for harvest sometime in September.

A trip to the Farm: Potaotes

Photo courtesy of ©2014 Potandon Produce L.L.C

2 – 3 weeks prior to harvesting potatoes, vines are “killed” to allow time for the “potato skin” to set. The potatoes remain under the surface of the ground until it is time to harvest.

A trip to the Farm: Potaotes Potatoes are unearthed in rows by heavy specialized equipment that is amazingly high tech. GPS coordinates programmed into the tractor leave little left for the driver to do except watch for the occasional tangle of vines or clogging of the equipment. It is quite amazing to watch them in action.

A trip to the Farm: Potaotes Potatoes are loaded up and taken to storage sheds and kept in cold storage or unto the processing plant for cleaning, sizing, grading and a rigorous inspection. Idaho potatoes have some of the toughest standards set by the Idaho Potato Commission. There is a reputation we are very proud of here in Idaho of having the best potatoes with consistent quality and taste. It is taken seriously by the growers and producers at Potandon every step of the way. 

I have a new respect for growers and producers like Potandon that bring consistent quality potatoes to our table each and every week and a new understanding of what makes Klondike Brands so amazing.


I’m not sure a mashed potato is supposed to taste this good. Roasted corn and sage mashed potatoes deliver in a big way. Creamy, fresh and flavorful; the perfect accompaniment for any dish.

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Roasted Corn and Sage Mashed Potatoes
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Serves: 6
  • 6 Klondike Royale Potatoes or 4 large Russets, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1½ tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 ear fresh corn, kernels removed (about ¾ cup if using frozen)
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 4 large sage leaves
  1. Add potatoes and ½ tsp sea salt to large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer potatoes for 15 - 20 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
  2. Meanwhile add cream and butter to small sauce pan. Heat on low until butter has melted. keep warm,
  3. Spread corn kernels on baking sheet. Place under broiler for 4 - 5 minutes until corn is golden, stirring often.
  4. Chiffonade the sage leaves by rolling the leaves together like a cigar and slicing into thin ribbons with a sharp knife.
  5. Once potatoes are tender, drain and place in a mixing bowl. Add cream mixture, remaining tsp of sea salt and pepper and whip potatoes until light and fluffy. Stir in roasted corn and sage.
  6. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  7. Serve hot.

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  1. says

    Hi Shari this recipe looks like wonderful fall comfort food! Thanks so much for linking up to the From The Farm Blog Hop this week and I can’t wait to feature my fave of your recipe this week!

    • says

      It was fun to see the process of harvesting and how the potatoes are packaged up and readied for the table. Love your party and appreciate you stopping in to say hello.

  2. says

    I absolutely love potatoes and your recipe looks delicious! I’ve never added sage though. I’m excited to try it! I love when I get to visit a farm and learn more…my son did a program here called Plow to Plate where they worked with local foods to create wonderful dishes, and they got to visit several farms (I got to go too a couple times!). Pinning and sharing!
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    • says

      I did the same Jenny. I loved the trip to the farm and all the insights I learned on growing potatoes. Not enough to try again at the present, but great information to tuck away for when I get brave.

  3. says

    I’m embarrassed to confess that although my parents are farmers, I can’t make anything grow right :( I can cook though.. I guess that’s something positive! hahahah
    That’s a delicious variation to our good and old mashed potatoes. Love it!
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  4. says

    I’ve never had trouble growing potatoes here in Alabama, but with the exception of grape tomatoes, can NEVER grow decent tomatoes! I feel your frustration. Everyone around whom I’ve asked tells me to use this or that chemical, so I just enjoy our grape tomatoes and buy table tomatoes at the curb market.

    Your potatoes sound delicious! I’ve never thought of adding corn. I’ll try your recipe out on our next roast, mashed potatoes, and green bean dinner. Thanks for sharing!
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    • says

      It’s funny how one thing can throw you for a loop. I always thought it was the climate I lived in for potatoes and then found out my climate is actually better than most. It was not hard to stop trying when I live in the best potato area in the country. I can have great potatoes anytime even if I don’t grow them myself. Thanks for coming by.

  5. Roberta McIntosh says

    This recipe looks delicious. I think I will have to try this for the holidays. Love the combo of the potato and the corn.

  6. says


    I love seeing all your farm pictures. I have always enjoyed visiting a farm. We just learn so much. I also love your mashed potatoes. I would have never thought about adding roasted corn to them. What a great idea! The two just go together. My family normally takes a bite of each one at the same time anyway.

    Thanks for sharing this delicious potato recipe.
    Diane Roark

    • says

      I’m with you on no more potato growing. Especially since they are so readily available in the store at reasonable prices. I live in Idaho, so I recognize I am a little biased but I think we grow the best potatoes in the world. I can live with that!


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