Blog: The humble potato (08/26/22)

Some fun facts: potatoes are 20% solids and 80% water. There are 100 varieties of edible potatoes. China is the world’s largest potato producer.

The potato comes from the Spanish word “potato”. Idaho invented the potato state and the state has a potato museum.

Potato pancakes with pesto

Toss 1 cup remaining potatoes with 2 eggs. Add breadcrumbs (use any flavor) until you can shape them into cakes. Cook over medium heat in a greased skillet until the pancakes are lightly browned and heated through.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Cook russet potatoes until tender. Remove centers and add butter, sour cream and cheddar cheese. Return mixture to shell and cook until cheese is melted and light browning has occurred.

Sweet potato and cinnamon muffins

2 cups self-rising flour

2 cups of sugar

2 tbsp. cinnamon

1 large egg, room temperature

2 cups cold mashed sweet potatoes (no butter or milk) that you can substitute with canned sweet potatoes

1 cup rapeseed oil


1 cup icing sugar

3 T milk

1 1/2 teaspoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, combine flour, sugar and cinnamon. In another bowl, whisk the egg, sweet potatoes and oil. Stir in dry ingredients until moistened. Fill muffin tins or greased muffin tins two-thirds full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool. In a small bowl, combine the icing ingredients and drizzle over the muffins.

Ranch Smashed Potatoes

2 pounds. Baby Yukon potatoes, washed and halved

4 minced garlic cloves

6 tablespoons melted butter

4 T. Dry Valley Hidden Ranch Dressing

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Add a generous pinch of salt to the water and bring to a boil. Simmer until the potatoes are tender. For easy cleanup, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil. Space the potatoes out on the baking sheet. Take a potato masher or large fork and press down on the potatoes. Mix the garlic and butter and brush the potatoes. Sprinkle seasoning mix, salt and pepper over potatoes.

Bake until the potatoes are golden and crispy.

Hungarian potato soup

1 stick of butter (MUST BE BUTTER)

1 small onion, diced

4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup sour cream, optional

5 cups of water

Pepper to taste

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 large egg, beat well

In the butter, sauté the onions until translucent. Add potatoes, water and salt. Cover and bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl, take a little water from the cooked potatoes and add the flour, mix well. Add the flour mixture to the pan. Bring the soup to a boil. Beat an egg and add flour until it forms a paste. Using the tip of the teaspoon, drop the batter mixture into the boiling soup. Bring to a simmer and allow the soup to thicken slightly. Add the parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Annunciation’s St. Vincent de Paul Pantry provides food for those in need in the area, including dairy products, various proteins, fresh vegetables, fruits, and canned and baked goods. box.

What is the assistance for if you don’t know what to cook with the groceries provided? Volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry want to provide recipes to help people use their groceries.

Those in need of help — either with food or checking out available bill help — call 812-531-3637 or stop by the next pantry event, which takes place every Tuesday.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Church of the Annunciation, 19 North Alabama Street, Brazil, 47834.

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