General: Help! Our potatoes are boring!

Subject: Help! Our potatoes are boring!
From: Jason Makela (faceman at
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 19:54:45 -0500
Hi there group.

I'm a potato junkie, and so are all of my roommates.. We're not particularly rich, either, so we have ample opportunity to indulge in our addiction. Only thing is, the spuds are getting kinda boring.

I was wondering if any of you had a wierd or wild recipe for putting over potatoes? Baked, mashed, sliced & fried, it doesn't matter. We were just discussing the idea, and I thought I'd see what was out there.

Thanks very much in advance..
From: shipley at (Susan Shipley)
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 21:46:00 -0700
One of my bookmarks is Jeff Anderson's Deranged Spud Homepage at [dead link]
From: MissD at (Miss D)
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 03:09:06 GMT
Pardon the lack of accuracy... I seldom measure things :-)

Greek Oven roasted chicken and potatoes

whole chicken (cut into pieces)
6-8 potatoes cut into wedges
garlic (lots... the more the merrier)
olive oil (Kalamata of course)
lemon juice (1 to 2 whole lemons worth)
white wine (bout 1/2 cup)
Greek seasoning (I use Old George's)
chicken boullion cube
poultry seasoning (optional)

add potatoes, garlic, and onions to baking pan, sprinkle with seasonings. Place chicken on top, and sprinkle with seasonings again.

Add liquids and boullion cubes. Bake til chicken is done.

you can also just do the taters if you want, but the chicken is really good...
From: quando6 at (Quando6)
Date: 5 Sep 1997 22:54:33 GMT
Want a low fat, low calorie recipe for great spuds??!! Try this very complicated recipe: Nuke a potato in your microwave 'till done. Put on a plate, and "mash" down. Sprinkle a no-fat Italian dressing ( 7-Seas is my favorite) on top. Enjoy!!!!
From: Pam Jacoby (Pamela.Jacoby at
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 15:17:25 -0500
Hope these help.

Gratin Dauphinoise

1 garlic clove, halved
2 c. whipping cream
2 c. milk
1 tsp nutmeg
3 1/2 lb russets, peeled and thinly sliced
1 c. grated cheddar (or more)

Rub garlic all over inside of 13- x 9-in. baking dish. Place garlic in sauce pan and add cream, milk, and nutmeg. Bring to simmer. Layer potatoes in pan, salting and peppering each layer. Pour milk mixture over potatoes; sprinkle with cheese. Bake in oven preheated to 375° for 1 hr 45 minutes, til golden. Serves 8

Scalloped Potatoes And Parsnips

1 large red onion
2 tablespoons water
2 parsnips (about 1/2 pound)
2 small russet (baking) potatoes (about 3/4 pound total)
1 1/4 cups low-fat (1%) milk
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
a pinch freshly grated nutmeg

Halve onion lengthwise and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. In a large saucepan cook onion in water, covered, over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, or until softened. Remove cover and cook onion until any liquid in saucepan is evaporated. Preheat oven to 425°F.

Peel parsnips and potatoes. Grate parsnips coarse and cut potatoes crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices. In a 2-cup measure or bowl whisk together milk, broth, and flour until combined well. Add milk mixture to onion with parsnips, potatoes, nutmeg, and salt to taste and simmer, stirring frequently, 1 minute.

Pour vegetable mixture carefully into a shallow 1 1/2-quart baking dish and bake in lower third of oven 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife.

Serves 4.

Potato Soup With Swiss Cheese

10-12 firm potatoes
3 slices bacon
1 large white onion, diced
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Dash each of nutmeg, cayenne pepper, mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Top milk or light cream
Swiss cheese, grated

Boil and mash potatoes, and mix in the butter, salt and cream. Crisp the bacon and finely crumble it. Cook the onion in the bacon fat till tender but not dark. Add to mashed potatoes along with parsley, cayenne, mustard, nutmeg and Worcestershire. Add enough top milk or light cream to give the consistency of cream soup. Sprinkle crumbled bacon and grated cheese over the top and brown lightly in the oven. Serve piping hot.

Serves 6.


6 tablespoon (3/4 stick) butter
2 1/2 large onions, halved, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
6 parsnips, peeled, sliced
4 large russet potatoes, peeled, sliced
1 cup milk, heated

Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until golden, stirring often, about 15 minutes. Mix in rosemary. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and let stand at room temperature.)

Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add parsnips and potatoes; boil until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well. Return vegetables to pot; mash. Add warm milk and 4 1/2 tablespoons butter; stir until smooth. Stir in onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover; chill. Rewarm over medium-high heat, stirring frequently and adding more milk if too dry.)

6 Servings


3 tablespoons butter
4 large leeks (white and pale green parts only), quartered lengthwise,
thinly sliced crosswise
1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 1/4 cups water

1/4 cup sour cream

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add leeks; sauté until just beginning to color, about 15 minutes. Add potatoes and water. Season with salt. Increase heat to high; bring to boil. Cover; boil until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover; boil until almost all liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes.

Mash potatoes coarsely; mix in sour cream. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Cover; let stand at room temperature. Rewarm over low heat, stirring.) Transfer to large bowl.
From: Doris Dunn (djdunn at
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 1997 21:36:43 -0700
This is my best company potato recipe. It is truly out of this world.

Potato Supreme

1 onion finely diced
2 T. sugar
salt and pepper
2 T. water
3 T. margarine
3 T. cider vinegar
3 c. hot diced cooked potatoes
1/2 c. sour cream

simmer first 6 ingredients for 5 min. add potatoes and stir. add sour cream and stir. Bake in a casserole dish at 350 for 15 min.
From: Mark Kilinski (markk at
Date: 8 Sep 1997 14:19:42 GMT
These are a popular request at my house:

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatos

3 lb. Yukon Gold Potatos, peeled and cubed
1 head Roasted Garlic, peeled and mashed
1 cup Heavy Cream (+ more if required)
1/2 stick Unsalted Butter
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

Boil the potatos until tender. Drain and return to pan. Cook for a minute or two over medium heat until they dry out... this is very important!!!

Add the butter, garlic, 1/2 cup of the cream, and salt/pepper to taste. Mash potatos until the ingredients are blended. Add more cream until the consistency is the way you like it, usually about 1 cup total but it does

Hope you enjoy 'em... they have a remarkable and intense flavor.

PS Make sure you taste them and adjust the salt and pepper before serving.
From: (daughney at
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 1997 15:37:24 -0400
Try mashing garlic cloves in your mashed potatoes. great.
From: booktrader at (Matthew Osborn)
Date: 16 Sep 1997 17:31:44 GMT
From: _The International Spud: Fun and Feast with the World's Favorite
Tuber_ by Mara Reid Rogers...

Potato Pizza with Caramelized Shallots

Makes 1 9-inch pizza, Serves 2, 3 slices per serving.

Olive oil, to grease bowl and pizza pan
2 medium-sixed cooked baking potatoes, peeled and mashed (enough to make 1 cup firmly packed smooth mashed potatoes)
2 cups sifted bread flour, plus more to dust work surface and knead cough
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 teaspoon ground dried sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm milk
1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
12 ounces shallots, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
6 ounces part skim-milk mozzerella, shredded
6 strips lean slab bacon, fried until crisp, cumbled, to garnish
8 whole fresh basil leaves, to garnish

1. Lightly oil a 9-inch pizza pan

2. To prepare the dough: In a large bowl combine the mashed potatoes, bread flour, sage, salt and pepper. In a separate heatproof bowl whick together the yeast with the milk. Add the sugar and whisk together until the yeast is dessolved. Set aside for about 10 minutes or until the surface is frothy. (note: if bubbles do not appear within 10 minutes, discard mixure and repeat process.)

3. Sitr the yeast mixture into the potato mixture and mix until a soft dough forms. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead about 20 turns, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Lightly grease a medium bowl with the oilive oil. Transfer the dough to the bowl and turn the dough once to coat it with the oil. Cover with a towel and let stand in a warm, draft-free place about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size.

4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface, gently punch dough down, and knead 2 turns more. Place the cough on the oiled pizza pan and using your fingers press the dough out so it spreads to the edge to form an even crust. Pinch the edge to form a 1-inch high rim.

5. To prepare the topping: In a heavy large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook, covered, stirring occassionally, for about 20 minutes.

6. Stir in the sugar, red wine viegar, salt, andpepper and cook, stirring, for 5 to 8 minutes or until the shallots are a deep golden brown. (The shallot mixture can be prepared up to 1 day in advance. Let cool to room temperature, wrap, and refrigerate.)

7. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

8. Drain the shallot mixutre and spread the mixture over the dough to the edge. Distribute the shredded mozzarella over the top, and sprinkle with the bacon. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dough is crisp and golden. Cut into 8 slices and place a whole basil leaf on each slice, the tip of the leaf pointing towards the center. Serve at once.
From: Mary F (maryf at
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 20:34:40 -0400
A quiche. Buy premade pie crust. Boil the potatoes (whole or halved) for about 20 minutes. Put crust into a deep dish pie shell. Brush with olive oil. Slice potatoes thinly and layer into crust, then layer with thinly sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste, more potatoes, then top with grated or sliced cheese (either cheddar or swiss depending on your taste). You can also add other herbs to it if you like, according to your taste. Tarragon is nice, especially if you add some sliced and sauteed onions. Otherwise, basil and parsely and oregano team well. If using swiss cheese or a mozzarella, drizzle with a bit of olive oil. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.