Potato… in the Netherlands we know what to do with a potato, mash it, cook, bake, fry it. Very famous is the painting of Vincent van Gogh the potato-eaters
So I will show you some ways to prepare a potato, you still think a potato is boring? Read this…ooh just a warning when you fry or bake potatoes be aware you do not bake them until they are brown, they must be golden yellow otherwise it can contain acrylamide what isn’t very healthy…..
Cook a potato…(floury, a little floury potato)
It depends on which potato how long the must cook, but the average potato must boil in water for 10 minutes. You can see if they are ready, to look if you can pink the potato with the fork and it is soft.
Ready for eating with some salt it is a very easy to put on your plate with some vegetables and a vegan burger
Making fries…(waxy potatoes)
Great to do is making fries, you just cut the potato in little sticks, like fries. Get a saucepan and fill this with oil for frying. When the oil is like 180 degrees Celsius (I always do the water-drip trick, when you put a drip in the oil and it starts to sizzle, it’s at the right temperature, put be careful water and oil are dangerous)
Put in the fries for minutes, get them out and put them on a paper-towel so the oil will get into the paper-towel.
Now time for the second round, this frying makes the potato, looks and taste like a real potato. Fry them for minutes
Mash a potato…. (floury, a little floury potato)
This I like very much, cook the potato like you will do normally (10 minutes) look if the are soft by pink the potato with a fork. When they are soft, drain out the water ( the water rest over from the potato is not recommended to use again) Put in a little of fake-milk or water not too much.
Get a masher and mash till the potatoes look like a puree, is it too dry? poor in some milk, but do it little by little…..also nice when you put in some herbs.
Making duchesses…(floury, a little floury potato)
Boil the potatoes till they are soft ( I think circa 15 minutes of boiling). When they are ready put away the cooking water, mash the potatoes. You just make puree of the potatoes, make it not to wet and not to dry, you must put the mixture in the piping bag and you will make nice shaped potato heap on the baking sheet. And let them bake in the oven for 20 minutes on circa 200 degrees Celsius. Also great with some carrots or herbs inside
puffed potato….(floury, a little floury potato, waxy potato)
Perfect for a barbecue, get some aluminium foil, make it a little greasy with some oil and roll in the potato (if you have an organic one you don’t have to peel them only wash), piece by piece. They must look like a present. You can lay them on the coals of the bbq when there is no fire any more. Wait for a time and check sometimes if they are soft by doing the pink thing 😉
When you want to puff them in the oven that’s also a opportunity!
you do the same as above, get some aluminium foil, make it a little greasy, roll in the potato (maybe easier when the potatoes have the same size, they will be ready at the same time) And put them in the oven on 200-220 degrees Celsius and bake for approximately one hour. This is also nice mixed with some herbs
baked potato….(a little floury potato, waxy potato)
Again cook them first (if you want slices, slice the potato first, not to thin but something like 0,5 centimetres thick), till they are ‘little’ soft, but not too soft (so cook them for 7 minutes) They must no be raw any more but must not be breakable. When the potatoes are too soft they will fall apart, and if you like to have a scrambles potato, this is ok.
But if you want nice slices, you don’t want them to break.
So get the cooked potatoes very careful out of the water. Get a frying pan and add some oil, heat the oil and add the potatoes till the bottom of the frying pan is covered, first bake one side and then toss them around in the frying pan
Making crisp…(waxy potatoes)
It never works by me, but maybe you can work it out. The recipe I have from the internet.
Get some potatoes, wash them and dry them by using a kitchen paper. Get a cheese slicer or a peeler and slice the potato in very thin slices.
Get a griddle and put on the slices, but they aren’t allowed to overlap each other.
Use a brush and oil them a little and on top you sprinkle them with some salt or paprika powder.
Now they are ready too put in the oven for 15-20 minutes on 200 degrees Celsius in the middle of the oven. Maybe you can look when the time is halfway and turn them on the other side.
Use potato as a soup thickner….
The potato on his own has not a special taste, so when you want to make soup more thick you can use a potato or two (it depends how much litre of soup you made).Cook them together with the soup and puree the potato! For a more creamy, thick soup
It’s easy, maybe you know already but I hope you learn something from this post and let the potato being a star of the plate