Potatoes come from many states across the nation. Some are small, large, round or oval shaped. The skins on potatoes can be red, yellow or brown. These starchy tubers are a staple in many homes. Potatoes are known for their carbohydrate content. They contain an assortment of vitamins and minerals some of which include: vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium and natural sugars. Potatoes can be prepared many ways. Here is a quick little guide and overview of some of the ways potatoes can be prepared in your kitchen to enhance any meal.
Before we start to cook any potato we first must wash the skin of the vegetable.
Next, peel the skin off the potato with either a paring knife or potato peeler. This step is optional. Most of the vitamins and nutrients are contained in the potato skin. Some individuals enjoy potatoes with the skins on and others with the skins off.
Fill a large pot with water and set it over a high flame. Place a steamer basket inside the large pot. Add the potatoes before dropping the basket into the steamer pot. Keep the basket at least two inches above the water line. Cover the pot and allow the cooking process of the stove steam the potatoes. They will be perfect and tender in about 10 minutes. Pierce the potato with a fork to check for doneness.
Pre-heat your oven to 500’. Cut the potatoes into wedges. The wedges cook evenly if they are all approximately ½ inch thick. Place all the wedges on a cookie sheet with a lip or a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Lay the potatoes flat along the bottom of the pan or tray. Do not overlap them or stack them up. They all should remain in a single layer to cook evenly. Drizzle about 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with your favorite seasonings to taste. Place pan in oven and cook for about 25 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time you will need to turn the potato wedges over. Time may vary depending upon the type of potato chosen and the thickness they were cut so adjust accordingly. When done the potato wedges will be cooked inside and browned and crispy on the outside.
In a large frying pan add 1 teaspoon of butter, ½ a cup of milk and ½ cup of vegetable broth. Turn heat on low and cover. While that is warming up cut your potatoes into ½ or ¼ inch slices. Once all the potatoes are cut up add them to the frying pan. Stir potatoes into the liquid to cover. Add whatever spices you think will be best for the meal being prepared. Cover frying pan again and lower the flame to a simmer. Allow potatoes to cook for about 20 minutes or until nearly all the liquid has been absorbed into the potatoes.
Chop potatoes into small cubes or use a grater and grate the potatoes using the larger end. In a large frying pan heat one tablespoon of vegetable, corn or canola oil on a medium heat. Add the shredded or cubes potatoes and turn the flame down to medium. Cook for 6-8 minutes. During the cooking process use a wooden spoon or a spatula to constantly press down upon the potato pieces. You want them to meld together as one to form a cake or potato pancake shape. Once the underneath side is browned flip the potatoes over and cook the other side for 5-7 minutes until that side is golden brown.
Potatoes are a staple on many dinner tables in Winona, MS as well as every state across the nation. Many cooks in Winona have their own special ways of cooking potatoes and some of the above methods are more than likely used.
Choose a new method when you add potatoes to your dinner this evening!
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