Monday, December 13, 2010


Everyone that knows me, knows that I am absolutely 110% in loooooooove with potatoes. I love love love them! I might even love them more then pasta...which is saying ALOT. My grandma (Dad's side) was a big potato lover as well, and I guess I got that potato loving trait from her. :) Unfortunately she passed away a little while ago, so I am upholding the potato eating for the two of us.
I stumbled across this little tater blurb on the Canadian website of Food Network. I thought it was pretty interesting and decided to share it with you ~ 10 different ways of making potatoes. :) If you guys have any more idea's then post away in the comments section! :)
Bon Appetit lil tater tots!

Potatoes 10 Ways

Make your spuds special with these ten tested-to-perfection preparations.

1. Baked Sherry Spuds
Put a twist on your typical baked potato. Make serveral cuts in the potato, and add a few slices of onion and pats of butter. Use aluminum foil to creat a bowl for the potato to sit in, then pour cup of cooking sherry over the potato, seal the foil and bake in the oven for an hour.

2. Steamy Potato Salad
Turn a summertime favorite into a holiday hit. Using your trusted, creamy cold potato salad recipe, follow as instructed, but make right before serving, or prepare everything but the potatoes ahead of time then add warm potatoes, mix and serve.

3. Mashed and Squashed Potatoes
Add a cup of canned pureed pumpkin or fresh pureed squash to your mashed potato recipe for a hit of flavour and colour.

4. Double-Baked Squash Potatoes
Boil a butternut or acorn squash, scoop out the pulp and mash with the potato pulp, then replace it into the potato skins, following any double-baked potato recipe.

5. Chip Trip
Perfect as a side dish at lunch or as a snack, these chips are a cinch to make. Thinly slice Yukon gold potatoes and shake with olive oil in a freezer bag. Lay the slices flat on a plate and cook in the microwave until browned (about five minutes). Remove and sprinkle with salt and let sit until cool and crunchy.

6. Potato Pouches
Follow your recipe for mashed potatoes, adding onion and shredded cheese. On a flour or corn soft tortilla, spoon potato mixture, fold and grill in a frying pan until crispy.

7. Easy Cheesy Casserole
Cube several potatoes and boil until soft. Place in a casserole dish with on cup each sour cream, cottage cheese and onion. Mix together and top with one cup cheddar cheese then bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

8. Potato Loaf
Skin and mash potatoes adding two eggs, onion, shredded cheddar cheese and any spices you like. Place in a loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Remove, cool and serve for a slice of nostalgia.

9. Sweet Potato Pancakes
Add 3/4 cup mashed sweet potato and a dash of nutmeg to your typical pancake recipe for a breakfast treat. Pour maple syrup and serve.

10. Crispy Potato Skins
Instead of tossing the skins you peeled from your potatoes, lay them on a cookie sheet, and sprinkly with olive oil and your favorite seasonings, then bake until crispy for a spicy snack.

The possiblities are endless!
I probably would pass on that tortilla idea and definitely pass on the pancake kind of freaks me out. But everything sounds delicious. Then again, anything that includes potatoes must be absolutely amazing. :)


(Source: Food Network Canada)

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