Choose Potato Cooking Tips And Ideas For A Filling Meal

by Grobert Sugma

In the Andes over 8000 years ago the potato was discovered. It was a long time before it reached Europe in the 16th Century. But potato cooking since then has become a world wide activity.

There is a whole range of varieties and you will discover particular kinds suit certain cooking methods. The round red ones and the new potato are suitable for boiling as they do not fall apart. Russets or baking ones will be ideal for mashing. For baking or frying use long whites.

If you want to have them mashed, cook them in milk rather than water. Adding garlic to the cooking process will make the taste more interesting. For a lighter mixture, use skimmed milk instead of full fat milk and leave out any butter you had thought of mixing in afterwards. Do not be tempted to mash them too much as they can become too starchy. Herbs, salt and pepper, roasted garlic or grated cheese can be included as you do your final mix.

Roasting them in the oven is simple. Chop them into halves or quarters and toss in olive oil. You will need to turn them to make sure they brown evenly.

Frying them is another choice for this versatile vegetable. First they need to be cut and soaked for half an hour. Dry thoroughly before placing in a frying pan. After they are cooked they should be drained on kitchen paper to remove any excess and unwanted fat. You can fry them for a second time if you want a crisper finish.

A simple method is to bake them in their skins, although a longer cooking time is needed. There are lots of different fillings like tuna and sweetcorn, grated cheese or coleslaw. They are colorful and provide a satisfying meal.

If you combine cooked potatoes that have already been sliced, together with herbs, sliced onion and butter, you will have created a Lyonnaise recipe. It is a filling dish and adds interest to this humble vegetable. Use the red variety for potato au gratin that has grated cheese for a topping. If you wish to make a simple supper meal a casserole combining diced ones, sour cream, cheese, garlic and cottage cheese is very quick. The ingredients are readily accessible.

Hot or cold new ones are very versatile. Even if you cook too many there are plenty of ways to use them. Cold with a salad is refreshing. Add a dressing of mustard, olive oil and lemon juice to give added flavor. All these simple tips result in easy potato cooking being a pleasurable activity!

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