Monday, November 16, 2009

Bob Evans and Publix team up to bring the classics home to your table!

Just in time for Thanksgiving, local Publix locations (and some other retailers, too!) have started carrying Bob Evans Side Dishes like Original Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Mac & Cheese in the refrigerated foods section.

My husband is a beef and potato kind of guy, and an absolute "Homemade Mashed Potato Junkie". Seriously, he could eat mashed potatoes from scratch all day long. I love mashed potatoes too, but rarely did we have homemade mashed potatoes growing up, the instant kind was just quicker. When I first started cooking for my husband, Brian would call my 'fake' potatoes out every time I cooked them. I couldn't believe he could tell the difference. Shortly there-after, I was invited to his mothers house and enjoyed homemade mashed potatoes the way they're supposed to taste.

Years have passed since then, and I have converted to homemade potatoes all the way. The kids love it, and let's face it- it's healthier.

Recently, I was presented the opportunity to review the new line of Bob Evans refrigerated potatoes and Mac & Cheese. (We literally live 4 blocks from a Bob Evans, and many Mothers or Fathers Days meals have been there.) Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to try them. I knew that the original sides that are served in their restaurants are delicious, and my kids devour them, but would the packaged kind work? Would they be a healthier alternative than say the boxed competitors versions?? Would it be enough to feed my hungry family? I was excited to try them out, especially since now with kids of my own, I can relate to why my mom used boxed potatoes.

The new Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes come in 'Original' and 'Garlic'. We decided to play it safe, and try the Original potatoes first. The package is microwavable, and almost instantly you have the creamiest, fluffiest homemade mashed potatoes- (with only a few little lumps of real potatoes)- ready for your dining room table.

The ingredients on the label were all normal ingredients, words that I could pronounce, and the nutritional values were very impressive for a pre-packaged product. I was expecting the sodium to be sky high, and honestly- it wasn't. The amount of food in the container was great for the size of the container. It was really packed into it, not half empty like most store bought sides. My scavengers were satisfied with the quantity.

The Bob Evans Mac & Cheese was thicker, closer to real homemade Mac & Cheese. The kids are used to the store boxed brand, so at first they were a little hesitant, but as soon as we told them it was like the kind from Bob Evans, they went to town on it! They cleared their plates, and even asked for more!

Brian & I cook with a ton of garlic, so I must say that our personal favorites were the Bob Evans Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Seasoned perfectly, it wasn't overly "Ghhhhhhhharlicy" but very well flavored. I generally need my potatoes to be lump free, but the tiny bits that were left in it really made it feel, and taste like genuine homemade potatoes.
I am excited that more varieties of classic Bob Evans products are being added to our local Publix shelves, and cannot wait to give the other products (like the Cheddar Potatoes!) a try. I've noticed on the actual Bob Evans Website, they have family sized containers as well, which would be perfect for the holidays, or for a really hungry group.

If the thought of homemade potatoes are that intimidating, Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes are the next best thing to homemade. Look for Bob Evans Sides at your local grocery store, and ask for them by name if they do not carry them yet. Bob Evans quality foods are sure to complete any meal or tradition, and with more selections being added, all of this year's Thanksgiving sides could be complete- from Sweet Potatoes to Glazed Apples!

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84 comments:

angela westgerdes,  November 18, 2009  

i would love to try the glazed apples, the mac and cheese and the mashed potatoes.i can get them at my walmart

Marissa Montano,  November 18, 2009  

The glazed apples, sour cream and onion mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes.

I bought the home fries last week at publix (buy one get one free) and they were really good! Everyone loved them. :)

Laura November 18, 2009  

I would love to try the mashed sweet potatos, the glazed apples, and the mac and cheese. I can get them at many local Bob Evans restaurants!

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Karen,  November 18, 2009  

The glazed apples and sweet potatoes...

Also we love the sausge gravy it is yummy

Sarah D. November 19, 2009  

I can buy at Wegmans. I'd like to try Bob Evans® Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Bob Evans® Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing and Bob Evans® Southwest Style Mashed Potatoes

Sarah D. November 19, 2009  

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plhill2000 November 19, 2009  

The three I would like are: Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, and Original Mashed Potatoes. I cam buy them at my local Brookshire's.

mar November 19, 2009  

I would like to try these Bob Evans sides:

1) Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
2) Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing
3) Original Green Bean Casserole

My Publix's a mile from my home sells Bob Evans!

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Amber November 19, 2009  

I loved the Original Mashed Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Sliced Glazed Apples. I can get them at my local Jewel!
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ky2here November 19, 2009  

Kroger on Madison Avenue in Covington, KY.

I'd like the Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, the Garlic Mashed Potatoes and the Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

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Darcie November 19, 2009  

I would try the Southwest Style Mashed Potatoes, Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing, and the Macaroni & Cheese. You can buy these at the Kroger by my house.
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tutugirl November 19, 2009  

We are actually going to have some this evening. I have the Sour Cream and Chives Mashed Potatoes. They are my family's favorite. Great for those nights when I don't know what to make. I can buy them at my local Giant. We also like the Cheddar Mashed potatoes and the Original.

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Anonymous,  November 19, 2009  

I would like to try the mac and cheese, the homestyle stuffing, and the garlic mashed potatoes. I can find these at my local Wal-mart.
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mverno November 19, 2009  

no locations mverno@roadrunner.com cheddare cheese potaotes sound good

colo08 November 19, 2009  

mac & cheese Love to try it...

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pattycake November 19, 2009  

would try mac and cheese, cheddar mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes from shopnsave

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nicole,  November 19, 2009  

they have these at my local giant eagle and I would really like to try the glazed apples,Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing and the Garlic Mashed Potatoes...yummy

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Donna November 20, 2009  

I can get them at Schnucks. I would like these:
Macaroni & Cheese
Sliced Glazed Apples
Original Mashed Potatoes
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bettycd November 20, 2009  

Our local Shoprites carry Bob Evans side dishes. Haven't seen nearly the variety the web site shows.
I'd love to try the
SouthWestern mashed potatoes
greenbean casserole and
garlic mashed potatoes

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marcia goss November 20, 2009  

I would try the glazed apples, macaroni and cheese, and original mashed potatoes.
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erma November 20, 2009  

I like the sour cream and onion mashed potatoes,glazed apples, macaroni and cheese and I can get them at my local Bob Evans.
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Anonymous,  November 20, 2009  

Love those mashed potatoes-blog follower via goggle
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tmh November 20, 2009  

I can buy them at Publix, Mac & cheese, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes

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Lisa November 20, 2009  

I would love to try the Sliced Glazed Apples, the Green Bean Casserole, and the Macaroni & Cheese. I could buy them at Dierbergs.

Kimberly November 20, 2009  

I can get these at Pick N Save. I'd like the sweet mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and cheddar mashed potatoes.

Erica C. November 20, 2009  

I can get the sides from my normal store, Giant on Wilkens Ave in Baltimore. I'd try the Original Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, and the Homestyle Stuffing. Yum!

Hotsnotty2 November 20, 2009  

I would love to get the mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and the stuffing! Thanks!

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mogrill November 20, 2009  

I would like to try the glazed apples and mashed potatoes. Thanks for the chance.
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panicxduh November 20, 2009  

1)The original green bean casserole
2)Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
3)Macaroni and Cheese
these sides look great--
i can get them at my local Trader Joes.


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Bob Evans® Sausage Egg Cheese Biscuit 4 ct, Original Mashed Potatoes and the Garlic Mashed Potatoes. lighthousee27(at)gmail.com

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heaventrees November 21, 2009  

I already buy the Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes regularly at Meijer, Kroger and Walmart groceries. I would like to try the Macaroni & Cheese, the Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing and the Green Bean Casserole side dishes.

intime November 21, 2009  

Id buy Bob Evans® Mashed Sweet Potatoes Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing and Original Mashed Potatoes at Giant intime@myself.com

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J.,  November 21, 2009  

I'd like to try the Original Green Bean Casserole, Original Mashed Potatoes, and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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amy November 21, 2009  

original mashed potatoes,seasoned homesytle stuffing,and original green bean casserole.thanks
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Jinxy and Me November 21, 2009  

I would like original mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes & mac and cheese. I can get them at Cub Foods.

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susan1215 November 21, 2009  

Bob Evans Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing, Bob Evans Southwest Style Mashed Potatoes and Bob Evans Garlic mashed potatos. I can get them at my local Target

kngmckellar November 21, 2009  

I'd get the macaroni and cheese, the original mashed potatoes, and the sliced glazed apples. I can buy them at the Kroger's store in Essexville, MI

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purango November 21, 2009  

Kroger in Jefferson sells them. I would like to try the Seasoned Homestyle Stuffing, the Original Mashed Potatoes and the Mashed Sweet Potatoes. garrettsambo@aol.com

Steph November 21, 2009  

Walmart sells them near me. I'd like to try the apples, mac and cheese and sour cream and onion mashed potatoes.

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I want to try the sliced glazed apples, the mashed sweet potatoes, and the southwest style mashed potatoes.

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ktgonyea November 21, 2009  

The glazed apples sound wonderful :)

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