I agree this recipe can be very bland if you don't used some seasonings. I agree with the other person who commented and use salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Putting in the microwave will not just do as far as getting the potatoes tender. You might have to do a combination of both microwave and stove (that's what I did). Overall my kids loved it and I would make it again. Oh and you do have to used double the ingredients. I used about 15 potatoes so you will need extra of everything.