Survey says…keep it easy this holiday!

For all of the planning and preparation that go in to your holiday gatherings, are you putting your time where it’s most appreciated?  While you’re planning your holiday meals and checking your lists (both gift and grocery), make sure you’re spending time with children and loved ones that make holidays so special. Hellmann’s/Best Foods recently released a survey with very interesting results, especially for the children in our lives who will be sitting at the kids’ table and not really eating traditional holiday foods.  I’ve pulled a few of the results below; interesting and even funny reading!

For your grocery list, make sure to include the ingredients below for the delicious creamy mashed potatoes from celebrity chef Bobby Flay.  This recipe looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it. It’s listed in the Hellmann’s/Best Foods  “Real Holiday Helpings” cookbook. If you’d like a copy of the cookbook, leave a comment below with your favorite holiday activity, or what you’re doing for the holidays this year. (BTW: thanks for the great comments on your favorite holiday foods. I was so hungry after reading them; and don’ t be surprised if I ask for the recipes!).

My local grocery store closes early on Christmas Eve, so I’m off to the store now, and one more retail trip for one of my son’s friends. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Creamy Loaded Mashed Potatoes

3 lbs. all-purpose potatoes, peeled and cubed
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (about 6 oz.), divided
1 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
3 green onions, finely chopped
6 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray 2-quart shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Cover potatoes with water in 4-quart saucepot; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain and mash.
  3. Stir in 1 cup cheese, Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions and 4 strips crumbled bacon. Turn into prepared baking dish and bake 30 minutes or until bubbling.
  4. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and bacon. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish, if desired, with additional chopped green onions.

From Hellmann’s/Best Foods survey:

Do elaborate Holiday meals equal time well spent?  Your kids might not agree…

  • On average, parents who prepare the holiday dinners for their family and friends spend six hours in the kitchen.
  • Kids recognize the time that goes into the family dinner but nearly half (49%) still don’t eat everything on their dinner plate. This can lead parents to feeling unappreciated as more than half (52%) report that their children don’t enjoy the food they invest so much time into putting together.
  • When cooking for company during the holidays, nearly half (43%) of parents actually pull double duty in the kitchen by preparing one dinner for guests and a completely separate meal to satisfy their children’s tastes.

Pass the holiday… Pizza?

  • Nearly three in five (57%) American parents are confident their child would choose macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers or pizza in place of the traditional holiday feast. In fact, nearly three in five (58%) parents admit they’d change their menu completely this holiday if they were only cooking for the kids.
  • Nearly two out of three (62%) kids would forego the classic turkey dinner at the next holiday gathering if they had a choice and, instead, would opt for main courses like chicken, ham and pizza. Thirteen percent of kids would skip dinner and go straight for dessert.

2 Responses

  1. Yumm..those look and sound really good. My family would have a fit if I deviated from the traditional plain mashed potatoes with cream but I’ll save this for another night.

  2. I love the holidays. This year it was just my immediate family and we ate a dinner of beef and mashed potatoes. And green bean casserole. BTW the loaded mash potato casserole looks too yummy to eat.

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