Friday, January 18, 2013

5 Ways How to Prepare Your Potatoes

Here are 5 great ways on how I love making potatoes!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

6 Potatoes
2 Tbsp. of butter
2 oz. of Cream Cheese
1/4 cup of Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Peel and cut your potatoes in pieces. Place these in a large sauce pan filled with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil on high, reduce the heat and cover. Cook for 20 minutes or until they are soft. Drain and add your butter. Mash your potatoes and add enough milk for a creamy consistency. Beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and blend in your sour cream. Stir these into the potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste. Make at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

*Optional: Add cheese to the top in the last ten minutes.

Hash Brown Potato Casserole 

2 lbs. of Hash Browns
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 cup of Sour Cream
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 cup of Shredded Cheese
1 cup Crushed Cornflakes

Put the potatoes in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Mix together sour cream and soup and stir these into the potatoes. Stir in the cheese and sprinkle the cornflakes on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Red Garlic Mashed Potatoes 

1 lb. of Potatoes
1 1/2 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp. Light Cream, Hot
1-2 peeled cloves of garlic.
As Needed:
Milk, Hot
Salt to Taste
White Pepper to Taste

Peel and eye your potatoes and cut them into uniform sizes. Leave a little of the peelings on them if you want a little red color in your potatoes. Simmer the potatoes in salted water with your garlic cloves until they are tender. Make sure you have your potatoes covered with a lid. 

Drain your potatoes well and let them steam dry for a few minutes. Mash your potatoes either with a mixer or a potato masher. Mix together your potatoes and garlic well until they are broken up, Beat them will with your mixer or mash them well. Do not over whip your potatoes or they will become pasty and waxy. 

Beat in your butter and cream and then add enough milk to your potatoes so they have a proper consistency. Your potatoes should be soft and moist, not runny, and firm enough to hold their shape. Add your salt and white pepper to taste.  

Mashed Potatoes

6 cups of water
6 Potatoes
1 Tbsp. Butter
1/2 cup of warm milk
Salt and White Pepper to taste

Wash all of your potatoes really good and then peel them. Cut them all up and then place them in your saucepan on the stove. Add the water and boil your potatoes on high until they are soft. If you cut them into big pieces they take a lot longer. If you want to go quicker cut them small. 

When they are done boiling, drain the water. Add your butter and then mash your potatoes. Add your milk to the consistency you want and mash it all together. Add your salt and pepper to taste and there you are. Great Tasting mashed potatoes.

Baked Potatoes

As many potatoes as you want

If you are making these for lunch or dinner. Put them in about 4 hours before. This way you don't cook them too fast and overdue them. But you get just the right softness. Wrap them up in tin foil (shiny side inside). 

Place all of your potatoes on a cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for the first hour and then 200 degrees for the next 3 hours. Poke with a fork to make sure they are done the way you want them to be.