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Old 11-27-2008, 06:44 PM   #1
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Arrow Anything with POTATOES.

I looooove potatoes.. Fries, mashed, hash browns, baked.. anything. Post some of your best DIY's for potatoes.. any kind. I wanna learn new stuff. Even if it's just mashed, what do you guys add in it?
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Old 11-27-2008, 06:48 PM   #2
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Old 11-27-2008, 06:49 PM   #3
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Old 11-27-2008, 08:17 PM   #4
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Mashed: Use half and half, sweet and normal potatoes. Lots of freshly ground black pepper, a little sea salt, cream.
Or, using all normal potatoes, season as above and in place of the cream, use cream cheese.

Home made oven fries: Peel and cut into chunky fries, spray some oil onto a baking sheet, put the potatoes on it, spray a little more oil over, season and into a hot oven for about 15 mins or until they go golden. Also works with sweet potatoes.

Boiled new potatoes: drain the water, put a large spoon of butter in the pan (off the heat), with some fresh chopped parsley and fresh crushed garlic. Toss the pan so all the potatoes get covered in the butter.

Apart from a baked potato, those are my favourites
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Old 11-27-2008, 11:11 PM   #5
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My favorite way to make a baked potato:

Get a LARGE potato. I prefer Idaho Potatoes, but that's because I can get them where I live.
Clean potato into an inch of its starchy life. We're talking scrub scrub scrub!
Puncture with fork, about three times. Make sure it's plenty deep.
Spray skin of potato with PAM Cooking Spray, or use stick of butter/margarine to coat the skin with. Sprinkle potato evenly with garlic salt.
Bake an hour at 350 degrees.
Remove from oven.
Cut potato in half.
Remove fleshy inners into bowl. Scrape inside clean.
Sprinkle garlic salt on the inside of the potato. Put back into oven for another 10 minutes.
NOW. The inners.
While still hot, add about a tbsp. of butter.
Sprinkle in onion powder to taste.
I like to use ranch dressing, but sour cream always works too. Add about 3tbsp of whichever you choose.
Add 1 tsp. of freshly cut chives or green onions (freeze dried works also).
Stir.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add about 4tbsp. of grated cheese of choice. Lately I've been using mozzarella.
Stir.
Remove skin shells from oven.
Replace inners of potato into the potato, don't press down too hard. Leave it fluffy and heaping. Put potatoes back in oven for another 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted thoroughly!

I usually start the potatoes whenever I get off work, and relax for about 30 minutes before starting to cook whatever else I'm doing. Very easy and simple and deeeeeeelicious!
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Old 11-28-2008, 12:59 AM   #6
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These sound so unhealthy. Thanks people.

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Old 11-28-2008, 01:08 AM   #7
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+1 on this thread, im a potato head myself.
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:02 AM   #8
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For mashed potatoes,

I use yukon golds, boiled and mashed until fluffy.
Then I mix in roasted garlic, gorgonzola, butter, cream, salt and pepper to taste.

For fries,

Slice potatoes into wedges
Parfry them
Drain, and let rest for a few minutes.
Then fry them again until nice and golden brown.
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, lemon zest, minced garlic, and parsley
Serve with either an aioli or a dipping sauce made of equal parts ketchup, mayo, and sriracha
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:56 AM   #9
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to add to what was said about mashed potatoes, try any of these things to your taste...

half-and-half
sour cream
buttermilk
blue cheese (or blue cheese dressing)
roasted garlic

go slowly when adding so that you don't over do it.

and just to remind anyone else how easy mashed potatoes are...
  1. rinse potatoes - but they usually come from the supermarket pretty clean. the skin is coming off anyway so don't fret too much.
  2. cut into similar sized pieces - half or quarter depending on size. the smaller the faster it will cook.
  3. boil until soft - i don't know how long. just test it with a fork.
  4. drain in cold water - so you can handle them.
  5. peel - the skins should come off easily in your hands now that they've been cooked.
  6. mash - can be done with a fork or get a simple masher like the one below for cheapz.
  7. add your stuff - any of the stuff above. don't forget salt and pepper.

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Old 11-28-2008, 12:03 PM   #10
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You guys are making me sooooo hungry.
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Old 11-28-2008, 06:12 PM   #11
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i had chili fries for lunch.

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http://www.all-about-potatoes.com/ty...-potatoes.html

http://www.foodsubs.com/Potatoes.html

just to help the thread along
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:46 AM   #13
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:47 AM   #14
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i love putting potatoes in any sandwich.
potato salad instead of mayonaisse in turkey sandwiches
mashed potatoes in hot turkey sandwiches
potato chips in just about any sandwich
fries in burgers and cheesesteaks
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Old 11-29-2008, 01:30 AM   #15
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I love Fridays baked potato skins. I got this online and it was pretty close.

Ingredients

Directions

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    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour. Let the potatoes cool down enough so that you can touch them.
  2. 2

    As the potatoes are baking, make the sour cream dip by mixing the sour cream with the chives. Place the mixture in a covered container in your refrigerator.
  3. 3

    When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, make 2 length-wise cuts through each potato, resulting in three 1/2- to 3/4-inch slices. Discard the middle slice or save them for a separate dish of mashed potatoes. This will leave you with two potato skins per potato.
  4. 4

    With a spoon, scoop some of the potato out of each skin, being sure to leave about 1/4 inch of potato inside of the skin.
  5. 5

    Brush the entire surface of each potato skin, inside and outside, with the melted butter.
  6. 6

    Place the skins on a cookie sheet, cut side up, and broil them for 6 to 8 minutes or until the edges begin to turn dark brown.
  7. 7

    Sprinkle 2 to 3 tablespoons of Cheddar cheese into each skin.
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    Crumble the cooked bacon and sprinkle 1 to 2 teaspoons of the bacon pieces onto the cheese.
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    Broil the skins for 2 more minutes or until the cheese is thoroughly melted. Serve hot, arranged on a plate surrounding a small bowl of the sour cream dip.


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Old 11-29-2008, 01:55 AM   #16
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i grew up with a quisinart.. just throw in the "hash brown" blade and a few potatoes.. then fry it up with some oil in the skillet.. they work out so much better than that frozen crap in the store.. you have to figure out the heat/time but once you get it, you are $$$.. (i no longer remember the heat/time/skillet size/amount of oil ratio on our old school roper gas stove.. its been almost a decade.. i have cooked on both electric and gas on an off since then.. which does kinda screw up any consistency you get.. maybe that's why old people rock the old ass 1960's gas stoves in their houses (or maybe they made them right back then)...
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i had chili fries for lunch.

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i have done these 2 also..
first one hollow out some potatoes,
turn on oven and start cooking potatoes (probably 300 degrees or so)
cook bacon while oven is preheating
put potatoes in oven about 3/4th of the way through the bacon cooking process..
put bacon on paper towel lined plate, wait for it to cool and crumble..
cut cheese, or pull out bag of shredded cheese out of fridge while waiting for bacon to cool.
pull "potato skins" from oven, fill with cheese and top with bacon
put in oven for 10 min or so..

wait 5 min to cool.

- no liability by poster "scott0482" may be assumed by following the preceding directions. said directions are not tested or verified to work under any circumstances. please cook at your own risk.

2nd picture is easier.. get some red russet potatoes, i think.. no.. newgrown? newborn? baby reds? i don't know.. get those small red ones.. cut them in quarters.. put a ton of olive oil on a cookie sheet (that has edges so the oil doesn't drip off).. "preheat the oven" seriously!, it works better that way, just like boiling water before putting pasta in it.. put in potatoes and top with random spices toward the last 5 minutes of it cooking.. italian seasoning, oregano, parsley, garlic, fennel, garlic.. don't use more than 3 or 4 at a time.. (some random thing i heard), and you will be good..

edit.. add on your spices with only a few minutes remaining.. (unless its meat and you are marinating it in there).. otherwise you cook it all out..

usually i am lazy and just throw everything together, and then walk away for 10 minutes and check up on it later...

you can plan it out so you spend 20 min in the kitchen, but it all works out well..

better than thinking "damn, i need some food, i am going walk/drive to (restaurant) pay $5-$9 for food, then either eat there, or walk/drive back to said location..
that's where the cold cut sandwich prepared that morning, or the night before comes in handy.. but i can't roll like that.. but i could in the winter.. "fridge it in my car"
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I made hash browns tonight...sorry no pics...but I hand grated 3 peeled small red potatoes and a quarter onion, I added kosher salt, cracked pepper, and paprika, I strained it, and then in a small frying pan, I put enough oil to coat, and heated it on high till smoking...added the grated goodness and fried till I saw browning on the edges...flipped in one piece and fried some more...yum.
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