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Crying Uncle at all the Potatoes in my House...

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dexters Sep 24, 2008 01:09 PM

I have 3 weeks worth of potatoes from my veg box, with another bag due on Friday.
I have Officially Run out of Ideas. My husband can't stand any more of my fallback recipes.
I've done:
leek and potato soup
breakfast fried potatoes (diced)
hash browns (grated)
roasted potatoes (although I would like to try roasting some in goose fat. Any tips? Is storebought goose fat OK?)
latkes
mashed potatoes...LOTS of mashed potatoes
homemade potato chips with crumbled blue cheese
potato salad
gratin
bubble and squeak

I think they are mostly Cosmos & Charlotte potatoes.

Any inspiration for me?

  1. MMRuth Sep 24, 2008 01:13 PM

    Store bought goose fat is definitely fine. What about roesti? Not that it's that far off from other things you've done, but hey .... Also Pommes Anna.

    I believe Marcella Hazan has a recipe for pasta with potatoes and onions - I'll look.

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    1. re: MMRuth
      Megiac Sep 24, 2008 02:27 PM

      On the pasta idea, I love tossing potatoes -- and if I'm in the mood green beans -- with pesto and pasta.

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        dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:39 AM

        Those are both excellent ideas. I may make that tonight, in fact.
        I'll have to check my Hazan book for the recipe cited above too.
        Thanks!

    2. MMRuth Sep 24, 2008 01:21 PM

      This might help too:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/551236

      I love Julia Child's warm-ish French potato salad (no mayonnaise), which may be different than the one(s) you've made.

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        dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:55 AM

        Thanks for posting that. I read that thread whilst it was unfolding and used many of those ideas at that time to try to dwindle my stash. That salad was really good...I should make it again.

        I've also made Nicoise salad a few times too. And salad with broad beans, potatoes, green beans, mint and basil which was really tasty. I think it was a Nigel Slater recipe that I adapted.

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        nemo Sep 24, 2008 02:21 PM

        Link to a Copycat Panera Baked Potato Soup (be sure to read the comments for tweaking ideas) I've never made this. Perhaps this fall. I forget if it calls for crumbled bacon, but I would certainly consider that addition.
        http://www.recipezaar.com/150863

        Here's a link for one of the many versions of potato pierogi that abound. I use drained cottage cheese or shredded cheddar instead of the cream cheese, but cream cheese would be delicious. It's heresy, but you could use the round gyoza skins instead of making the dough from scratch. I wish I could tell you these freeze well so you could just make tons and stash them, but I know potatoes do not do well in the freezer. I've had home-made frozen pierogi from church fund raisers, and while I don't remember having a problem with the filling, the overly thick dough ticked me off. So, I don't know, maybe they would freeze.

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al...

        Also, Google "pierogi casserole" and you'll find tons of recipes for a deconstructed, layered casserole version. But I love the individual dumplings, boiled, then fried crispy like pot stickers, served with lots of sauteed onions and a dollop of sour cream.

        Also, bake or microwave a few potatoes, crack them open, top with ratatouille, broccoli/cauliflower in cream sauce, beef stew minus the potatoes, or chili.

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        1. re: nemo
          MMRuth Sep 24, 2008 02:29 PM

          That reminds me - gnocchi, if these potatoes would work for them.

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            dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:50 AM

            How do I know if they are suitable for gnocchi?

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              jacquelyncoffey Sep 25, 2008 11:03 AM

              You need a "dry" potato for gnocchi - russets are the best. You want them to be fluffy when mashed, so they'll absorb the wet ingredients properly and sort of "dissolve" into the mix.

          2. re: nemo
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            dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:53 AM

            Husband loves pierogis, and I never even thought of making them. I'd probably cheat and use ready-made wrappers, if I can find something suitable. I can't even find wonton wrappers 'round here. I bet my kids would gobble those up too. Yum.

            The soup looks tasty too. I love soups on cold autumn & winter (& spring and summer.. damn cold UK weather) evenings. I'm going to bookmark that. Thanks!!

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            FriedClamFanatic Sep 24, 2008 02:51 PM

            there's always the diced potatoe/ham(or something else)/onion/cheese type casserole that can be frozen successfully. Of course, that just delays your dilemna

            1. Quine Sep 24, 2008 03:07 PM

              dice, grate cube and freeze in serving batches. Some cold dreary winter morning, snowed in weekend, these will be great to have!

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                dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:49 AM

                I never thought of freezing them. My husband would most definitely appreciate that, since he does the breakfast potatoes, and I'll have done all the hard work for him!

              2. MMRuth Sep 24, 2008 03:20 PM

                I just looked up those two kinds of potatoes, and if they are, as I think they are, small new potatoes, I would highly recommend the Simon Hopkinson treatment:

                Scrape the skin off with a knife (tedious but worth it), boil, toss with melted butter and mint.

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                  dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:45 AM

                  Oh yes, I forgot to mention that in my list above! My husband likes that version because I am quite copious with the butter. They are delicious in the height of summer.

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                    jacquelyncoffey Sep 25, 2008 11:06 AM

                    My husband just boils them with the skin, in heavily salted water, drain & eat with lots of butter - heavenly!

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                    bulavinaka Sep 24, 2008 03:26 PM

                    I just used up about five pounds of red roses by making a Soyrizo hash. Okay you guys, quit gacking and laughing! I always keep Soyrizo on hand in case my vegan sister comes by without notice. Since it has an incredibly long shelf life, I just leave it in the fridge and forget it. Okay, it's not like the real thing, but the seasoning is great and the texture lends itself well to things like eggs, cheeses, tortillas, stuffings, and in this case, potatoes.

                    I had half a bag of potatoes sitting around and didn't want to go out to eat or shop, so I diced, rinsed and sauteed the potatoes in one pan, diced a a large onion and garlic in another, added the Soyrizo, to the onions/garlic, seasoned the potatoes with salt, pepper, oregano and cumin, added the Soyrizo mix to the potatoes with a small can of tomato sauce and some dark chocolate, and continued to simmer until done. I served the Soyrizo hash with tortillas, cheese (shredded all the odd bits and pieces left over from the past couple of weeks of wine/cheese), guacamole, corn, and a salad. Since there was a mountain of this stuff last night, we had the leftovers for breakfast with some eggs and toast. And no, I don't work for Soyrizo! :)

                    http://www.elburrito.com/soyrizo.html

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                      dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:47 AM

                      That is an interesting idea. They don't sell Mexcian chorizo around here, and I doubt I could find the Soyrizo either (I'm in the UK. They don't even sell breakfast sausage here). But maybe I could substitute some diced Spanish Chorizo.
                      Thanks for the inspiration!

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                        bulavinaka Sep 25, 2008 08:50 AM

                        Oh poor you - maybe you could put some diced Spanish Chorizo?!?! ;-)
                        I think that would be great! I only used the Soyrizo because I was reaching into the bottom of my "bag of tricks," since I was too lazy to go out... Seriously though, with potatoes given a push with Spanish Chorizo (and its bold flavor), I'm sure you could do lots of wonderful things... Have a good one...

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                      fern Sep 24, 2008 03:38 PM

                      twice baked with salmon or seafood in the filling.

                      cheesy scalloped potatoes and ham.

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                        dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:44 AM

                        They are quite small, so I don't think they are really suitable for baking. But I like the idea of maybe mashing them up with some seafood...akin to a fishcake.

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                          NE_Elaine Sep 25, 2008 04:16 AM

                          Portuguese salt cod fritters would work here - if you like (and can get) the salt cod.

                      2. hannaone Sep 24, 2008 11:04 PM

                        Gamja Jorim - Glazed potatoes
                        Ingredients:

                        1 large russet or 3 medium red potatoes
                        1/2 small onion
                        6 cloves garlic
                        2 tablespoons vegetable oil
                        1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seed

                        Sauce

                        2 tablespoons soy sauce
                        3 cloves garlic
                        1 tablespoon mool yeut (korean malt syrup), light corn syrup, honey, or sugar
                        1/4 cup water

                        Optional
                        1 teaspoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)

                        Directions

                        Preparation

                        Mix sauce

                        Mash or press three of the garlic cloves and put in a small mixing bowl, add the rest of the sauce ingredients and mix well. Let stand ten minutes.

                        Wash and peel potato, then cut into roughly 3/4 inch cubes. Rinse in cold water and drain.
                        Cut onion in half from top to bottom, then thick slice. Thin slice 6 garlic cloves from top to bottom.

                        Cooking

                        Preheat oil in a coverable non-stick pan or pot over high heat.
                        Add potato and cook until lightly browned.
                        Add onion and sliced garlic and cook another thirty seconds.
                        Reduce heat to medium and add sauce.
                        Cover and simmer until liquid is almost gone, stirring often. (test potato for done ness - inserted chopstick or fork should meet very light resistance. If needed add a little more water and cook until potato is done)

                        Garnish with sesame seed and serve as a side dish, a tasty snack, or as part of a Korean Ban chan array.

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                          dexters Sep 25, 2008 02:43 AM

                          Now that is something different! I will absolutely try that this weekend. I'm not sure I can source the gochujang....I'm not aware of any Asian markets near me. They don't even sell Siracha sauce around here. Can you think of any substitutions?

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                            Rasam Sep 25, 2008 04:46 AM

                            That sounds delicious Hannaone. I also would be interested in a sub for gochujang, though I do have Sriracha.

                            Dexters; if you like Indian food (home style rather than resto style), what about aloo-matar-rasedar (potatoes+peas+in gravy). I've posted it on ch before somewhere, but here's an approximation:

                            3 large potatoes, or equivalent amount small, peeled and cubed.
                            1/2 cup green peas
                            2 tbsp veg oil
                            1/8 tsp hing (optional)
                            1/8 tsp turmeric
                            1 tsp cumin seeds
                            2 tbsp coriander powder (the seeds, not the leaves)
                            1/4 tsp (or to taste) red chilli powder (e.g. cayenne)
                            2 tbsp tomato paste or 3 tbsp tomato puree (approximate)
                            water.

                            Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pot. Add hing, when it sizzles, add cumin. When the cumin sizzles, add turmeric, red chilli, and coriander. Stir around for a few seconds (don't set the spices burn).
                            Add the potatoes, and stir to coat. Cover with water (it should sizzle when it hits the pan), and let come to a boil. Simmer till potatoes are thoroughly done. Add peas halfway, depending on peas' cooking time. Add tomato. Stir till well mingled. Taste and add salt as needed. The potatoes and the coriander powder will thicken the water so that it will still be runny, but with a little body to it.

                            Garnish with cilantro if you want. Serve hot (can be made ahead and mw-ed) as a side dish with rice or any kind of roti, and some main dish.

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                              dexters Oct 7, 2008 12:40 PM

                              That sounds delicious! Thank you so much for posting that. I love Indian food, but I've yet to experiment much with cooking it myself.
                              I'm definitely going to give this one a try this week.

                            2. re: dexters
                              hannaone Sep 25, 2008 09:33 AM

                              The gochujang (kochujang) is optional, and is used for the spicy version of this dish. If you want to add a litle spice you can use a non vinegar based hot sauce or just some pure ground red chili peppers.
                              ---------------------------------------------------
                              Kochujang (gochujang) Substitute
                              If you can not get Kochujang in your area you can make a substitute chile paste that, while it will not taste the same, can be used with acceptable results.

                              Ingredients

                              1 tablespoon soybean paste or miso (can be omitted if unavailable - but will change the taste)
                              3 tablespoons finely ground red chile pepper
                              1 teaspoon sugar
                              3 cloves pressed or minced garlic
                              1 teaspoon soy sauce
                              1 teaspoon korean rice wine or a cooking wine
                              1 teaspoon pure roasted sesame seed oil
                              water as needed

                              Directions

                              In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except the sesame oil, adding just enough water to form a thick paste.
                              Allow to sit at room temperature for at least one half hour.
                              Add sesame oil (and a little more water if needed), mix well and let sit another ten minutes.
                              Refrigerate until use.

                              Note:
                              After sitting, you may need to add a small amount of water to regain the paste consistency.

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                                dexters Oct 7, 2008 12:41 PM

                                Thanks! I can easily make the above sub., and I'm going to try it next week. I'll report back.

                              2. re: dexters
                                hannaone Sep 25, 2008 10:47 AM

                                If your potatoes are really small, you can leave them whole or cut in half instead of cubing.
                                Another nice thing about this dish is that it is easy to turn into a meal.

                                You can add cubed chicken breast or thigh to it by lightly browning the chicken in a separate pan, then adding to the potatoes at the same time as the seasoning sauce. Cubed carrot, and sliced bell pepper can be be added to and browned with the potato, and sub some chicken broth for the water in the seasoning sauce.

                                Some other things that can be added with good results -
                                Thick sliced onion
                                rough chopped broccoli
                                cubed zucchini

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                              tmso Sep 25, 2008 04:51 AM

                              You can use them as a vegetable in many soups and pastas. Also, potato dumplings are a nice starch. Use steamed potatoes anywhere you'd use rice. Himmel und Erde goes nicely with meats.

                              1. Passadumkeg Sep 25, 2008 04:55 AM

                                Spud mousaka.

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                                  CeeBee Sep 25, 2008 04:59 AM

                                  What about a Spanish Tortilla (potatoes, onion, eggs, etc)?
                                  Sounds different enough from what you've already done...

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                                  1. re: CeeBee
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                                    dexters Oct 7, 2008 12:42 PM

                                    Excellent idea. Thanks!

                                  2. Passadumkeg Sep 25, 2008 05:24 AM

                                    Chowdah, fish, clam, corn?
                                    Salt fish and pork scraps over mash potatoes, the real Maine food.
                                    New England boiled dinner.

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                                      Laurella Sep 25, 2008 09:36 AM

                                      Patricia Wells has a recipe in her Bistro cookbook that I think is called Lyonnaise Potatoes or Galette Lyonnaise but that we call Potato Heaven. Not revolutionary but awfully tasty. All you do is boil your potatoes as if you're going to mash them. Set aside. Then, cook sliced onions in 2 T (1 ounce) melted butter until soft but not brown. Grate in tons of nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Gently smash your potatoes (you don't want them to be too smooth) and add to onions. Add 2 T more butter. I always grate in more nutmeg at this point, too. Put in a baking dish and dot the top with yet again 2 T butter. Put under the broiler until butter is melted and top is lightly browned. The nutmeg makes all the difference here and, of course, the butter!

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                                        dexters Oct 7, 2008 12:42 PM

                                        Yum. My husband will love that. And my kids. And me too...

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                                        cimui Sep 25, 2008 12:49 PM

                                        This is a recipe for a very, very simple, Northern Irish potato flatbread that I tried recently:

                                        http://www.irelandseye.com/aarticles/...

                                        It has a nice, tender texture and is traditionally served with breakfast.

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                                          cheesecake17 Oct 7, 2008 01:38 PM

                                          Make mini knishes- or just the filling.

                                          Boil and mash potatoes as usual, but add tons of sauteed onions, salt, black pepper, and spicy brown mustard. I usually add some of the cooking water to smooth out the mixture. For a dough recipe, google 'knish dough' - there are many different types.

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