Recipe Corner (9/17/09)

The staple of life

Sept. 17, 2009

By Ginger Isham

The nickname for the potato is spud. A spud was used to dig a hole and somehow this connection to potato planting gave it this name. “Spud” has many other meanings but this is my favorite.

The potato when baked has only 93 calories; mashed it has 65 calories. If you use a pat of butter you add 35 more calories. A potato has the same amount of vitamin C as a glass of tomato juice and iron content is similar to that of an egg.

Scalloped Potatoes Made Easy

Peel and slice 6 medium potatoes and 1 onion. Layer in a casserole dish. Sprinkle with the following:

2 tablespoons flour

Dash of salt

Pepper to taste

Heat 2 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons butter and pour over the potatoes. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Remove cover for the last 15 minutes. If you want, sprinkle a cheese of your choice on top.

Potato Dumplings

Peel, cook and mash 6 potatoes. Stir in the following, and mix well:

Dash of salt and pepper

2 tablespoons shortening, melted

1 teaspoon nutmeg

4 beaten eggs

2 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons bread crumbs

Drop by spoonfuls into salted, boiling water. Cover tightly and boil about 12 minutes.

To save time, cook and mash potatoes ahead of time and reheat and add rest of ingredients and cook.

Serve with a cheese sauce, hamburgers or other types of beef. Makes about 15 servings.

Potatoburger Pie

(A popular dish in England; this recipe comes from my Prince Edward Island Potato Recipe Book)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 tablespoon oil

1 pound ground beef (very lean)

Pinch of salt and pepper

2 cups green beans, cooked

1 can condensed tomato soup

2 cups mashed potato

1/2 cup grated cheese, optional (use any cheese you choose)

Cook onion in oil; add hamburger and seasonings and brown. Add beans and soup. Stir and pour into an oiled casserole dish. Top with spoonfuls of hot mashed potato. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 4 to 6 servings. You could substitute another vegetable, such as carrots, for the green beans.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.