Choose Potato Cooking Tips And Ideas

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.

Nowadays there are many kinds and discoveries have been made that different sorts suit particular ways of cooking them. Round red ones and the new potato are the best ones to boil. They keep their shape better than some of the other kinds. Russets and baking ones are ideal for mashing. If frying or baking select long whites.

Mashed ones are very versatile. For a richer flavor they can be cooked in milk rather than water. Garlic cloves added to the cooking liquid enhance the flavor, too. If you wish to achieve a lighter texture then use skimmed milk instead of full fat milk and resist adding butter afterwards. Avoid mashing too much as the mixture will become sticky and stodgy. You can add a variety of herbs, salt, pepper, grated cheese or roasted garlic to your mixture.

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.

Cut and soak ones for half an hour if you want to fry them. Dry them thoroughly on kitchen paper and then place in a frying pan. After they are cooked they must be drained to remove any excess fat. If you prefer a crispier finish fry them again.

Baking in skins is a popular method. It will take longer to oven cook, though. You can choose really interesting and satisfying fillings, such as grated cheese, tuna with sweetcorn or coleslaw. They add a splash of color as well.

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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