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SKINS-ON POTATOES OK FOR A QUICK MEAL

Betty Crocker's Homestyle Potatoes are out to give you more fiber - the potato skins have been left on. The flavors available are Cheesy Scalloped, Broccoli Au Gratin and Cheddar Cheese. The 5.25-ounce box retails for $1.09.

Don Russell: "Our cheesy scalloped potatoes turned out to be plenty salty, tender and a mild crowd pleaser. Considering that you start with dehydrated potatoes, the resultant dish wasn't too bad. Whether you use an oven or microwave oven, this is a dish that takes a while to prepare. We'd rather have fresh scalloped potatoes, but this Betty Crocker version isn't bad in a pinch."Nihla Lake: "My wife had to work one Sunday night, so while I was scrounging around for something to cook for dinner, I decided to spring the Betty Crocker cheddar-flavored spuds on the kids. Bad news - none of the family was too excited about them. I normally love au gratin-type potatoes, but these seemed to be a little on the bland side. I don't think we'll use them again."

Judy Slack Wilson: "We had the broccoli au gratin and liked it. I'm a box cook - if you can get products this good, why should you peel a potato?"

Edyth Jensen: "We tried the cheesy scalloped potatoes. They were good, the sauce was cheesy enough and the potatoes cooked up fairly soft. Even the younger ones in our family ate them. They will be good to put on the shelf for a hurry-up meal."

Linda C. Tingey: "You can have this kind of stuff. It's OK, but I prefer to do my potatoes from scratch. I don't care for the packaged taste, and my family didn't care for these potatoes either. If you want a quick meal (for those who like these kind of potatoes), they would be fine."

Rich Firmage: "We had the cheddar cheese flavor potatoes and they were great. We really liked them. They were basically scalloped potatoes with tons of cheese. We will most likely buy these again."

Conclusion: Two of our testers thought the packaged taste came in a distant second. The rest of the responses varied from "OK" to "Wow!" We'd have to say this is worth a try.

The Deseret News testing panel independently tests products purchased by the Deseret News. Readers with suggestions for products to be tested should contact the Today Section, Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.