Tuesday, December 27, 2011

One Bag of Spuds: Four Meals

Potatoes

Here are four of my very favorite meals using potatoes as the staple ingredient. I often have a big bag of potatoes in the cellar. Ok, the pantry. I like the word cellar better. It makes me think old world life, living off of the land mountain woman style. I actually do have a cellar in my house, but currently it is where I am storing all of those tubs of stuff that I am not exactly sure what to do with as of yet. Two of those tubs are of little baby boy clothes. I have two wild and rowdy boys and a preciousdaughter on the way....but I can not yet part with those baby boy clothes...hmmm...

Anyway, back to potatoes. This year in my garden I grew potatoes. Correction, I tried to grow potatoes. No luck. I dug and dug and dug for those little red nuggets and not a single one was to be found. So, I buy em' in the bag on sale as much as possible and keep my fingers crossed for next season!
Potatoes can make some  frugal meals. Not only are the hearty, but they are mighty easy to fix up into something special. Below are my four favorite potato meals.

Number One: GNOCCHI
This is an incredibly easy dish that I like to prepare in the morning before the chaos begin, and boy does it ever begin....every morning...all day....chaos.....so it is good to have a warm Gnocchi to put on the table at dinner time with a little candlelight.

Number Two: Potato Taco's
The Heavenly Homemaker Blog, which this link will take you too, is one of my all time favorites. I first used this recipe while meal planning for a trip to Tennessee with my family this summer. We loved it and the best part is that you can spice it up and fix it any way that your family likes traditional taco type meals. Yum!
We have made this with beef, chicken, and often with just a bunch of black beans instead of meat. 

Number Three:Crock Pot Potato Soup 
I went back into the recipe index and found two potato soup recipes that I used to make. I am including the links, but will confess I no longer make my potato soup that way!
One Version of Crock Pot Potato Soup 
Another Version of Potato Soup
Here is how I make crock pot potato soup now:
1.Wake up and stretch, drink copious amounts of coffee while peeling potato and hoping the kids sleep an extra twenty minutes.
2. Toss enough cut up potatoes into the crock pot for my family, usually one spud per person.
3. Add chicken stock, a little salt and pepper.
4. Cook all day long making sure the potatoes stay covered in liquid, add a litlte water is needed.
5. Now~ sometimes I just add a bit of cream to this, mush up the potatoes, and serve. Other times, if I was able to get my hands on some local sausage I brown it up and add to the crock pot. This is my hubby's favorite and I agree it is delicious.
6. Serve in deep bowls with some corn bread.

Number Four:  Fish Cakes
These are made with potato and yet I often serve potato on the side too.....hey, it works!



And, for some very inspirational potato chopping techniques check this out! I did not even remember us posting this on MPM and I just came across it! It will make you crave a good batch of home made french fries!