How to Make Old Fashion Potato Dishes like Grandma used to Make
Potatoes is one of my favorite vegetables and imagine my dismay when I learned eating potatoes is harder on my blood sugar level than is sugar. I hate being diabetic but have learned how to reasonably work potatoes into my diet. Here are three old fashion recipes featuring potatoes that are sure to please the “tators” person in your house. Country Fried Potatoes, Old Fashion Hashed Brown Potatoes, and Creamed Peas and Potatoes are all great recipes.
AUNT AUDREY’S CREAMED POTATOES AND PEAS
This recipe is from my childhood. My late Aunt Audrey used to make this delicious dish. For you diabetics out there, the milk and cheese in this recipe makes it okay for us.
6 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
3 cups frozen peas
1 tbsp margarine
1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 cup milk
Cook the potatoes in slow-boiling salted water for 20 minutes. Boil peas for 3 to 5 minutes until tender. Drain the potatoes and the peas. Butter the bottom and sides of a baking dish. Layer the potatoes and peas in the dish–potatoes, peas, potatoes, peas.
Make the white sauce: Melt margarine in a small saucepan; add flour, salt and pepper and blend to smooth while heating over low heat. Stir in the milk, stirring until smooth, about 1 minute. Add a chunk of Velveeta cheese, amount to suit your taste, and stir over the low heat until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture over the peas and potatoes in the buttered dish.
Country Fried Potatoes
An old family recipe.
1/4 cup fat (bacon dripping preferably)
2 quarts peeled and sliced potatoes
1 small to medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Heat fat in a large cast-iron skillet. When hot, add the vegetables and seasonings. Stir well to mix in the seasonings. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the vegetables are tender and browned according to your desires. Stir occasionally for even browning.
OLD FASHION HASHED BROWN POTATOES
1 1/2 lbs (about 4 medium) baking potatoes, peeled and shredded
2 tbsp grated onion
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 tbsp butter flavor shortening
Rinse and drain potatoes thoroughly. In a medium mixing bowl, combine potatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well. In a large skillet, melt the shortening. Add potato mixture to the pan and spread out evenly. Cook over medium-high heat for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and tender. Using a spatula, turn potatoes after about 6 to 8 minutes.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings