Big Easy Meatballs & Red Gravy over Creamy Idaho® Mashed Potatoes

Big Easy Meatballs & Red Gravy over Creamy Idaho® Mashed Potatoes

Susan Benton
Food Blogger

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 525
Sugar: 7.4 g
Sodium: 727 mg
Fat: 21.6 g
Saturated Fat: 9.9 g
Unsaturated Fat: 0
Trans Fat: 0
Carbs: 49.3 g
Fiber: 8.3 g
Protein: 34.2 g
Cholesterol: 126 mg


Creamy Mashed Idaho® potatoes Ingredients:
Meatball Ingredients:
Red Gravy Ingredients:


Creamy Idaho® Potato Directions:
  1. Begin with the red gravy, as it takes the longest to simmer. Next boil the Idaho® potatoes until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. While the water boils and when the potatoes are cooking, you can be working on the meatballs.
  3. When the potatoes are tender, drain and return them to the warm pot to let them dry out for a few minutes.
  4. Add in the cream cheese and smash with a potato masher until the cheese melts into the potatoes. Mash potatoes with skim milk, then stir while seasoning with salt and pepper.
Meatball Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the meatball ingredients (excluding the olive oil), and mix well using your clean hands. Shape into 3-inch meatballs.
  2. Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium to high heat.
  3. Add meatballs and cook on all sides until golden brown. If you're using a large skillet all meatballs should fit in one batch otherwise, you might have to fry them in a couple batches.
  4. Remove meatballs from the skillet and set aside on paper towels to drain any excess oil. The meatballs will be added to the sauce in the last 20 minutes of cooking.
Red Gravy Directions:
  1. Add the olive oil and onions to a sauté pan (could be the same as the meatball pan) set over medium heat until and cook onions until translucent, but do not burn.
  2. Add garlic and cook 2 more minutes, do not burn.
  3. Add the bay leaf and remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat to maintain a low simmer, and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. In the last 20 minutes of simmering, add the meatballs to the pan to heat through. Remove the bay leaves before serving. Serve meatballs and red gravy over the creamy Idaho® mashed potatoes, and top with grated Parmesan, for a back to school comfort dish that kids of all ages will love.