Recipes: Potatoes


Potato recipes from our Agriculture Supported Communities program.

Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes
Adapted from From Asparagus to Zucchini, edited by Fairshare CSA Coalition

1 pound red potatoes, cut in 1/2 –inch pieces
1-4 cloves garlic, chopped
3-4 tablespoons of your favorite fresh herb: chopped parsley, rosemary, thyme, fennel, dill, etc.
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat potatoes with other ingredients and spread out on a shallow baking dish. Roast until tender, 40-45 minutes. Makes 2-4 servings.

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Provencal Summer Potato and Tomato Gratin
Adapted from The Very Best of Recipes for Health by Martha Rose Shulman

2 Garlic Cloves, halved
2 1/2 pounds ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper
2 pounds potatoes, peeled if desired or scrubbed, sliced about ¼ inch thick
1-2 rosemary sprigs
½ cup tightly packed grated Gruyere cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Rub a 3-quart baking dish with one of the garlic halves. Brush the baking dish with some oil. Mince the remaining garlic and toss with the tomatoes and the 1 tablespoon oil. Add the thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Make 1 layer of half of the potato slices, slightly overlapping, and season generously with salt and pepper. Layer half of the tomatoes over the potatoes. Place the rosemary on top. Repeat the layers with the remaining potatoes and tomatoes. Be sure to season each layer generously with salt and pepper. Pour any juices left in the tomato bowl over the vegetables.

Bring 1 cup of water to a boil over high heat and carefully pour into the baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, checking after 30 minutes and pressing the potatoes down into the liquid with the back of a spoon. Remove from the oven. Press the potatoes down into the liquid, sprinkle on the cheese, and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes, until most of the liquid has been absorbed by the potatoes and the gratin is lightly browned. Serve hot or warm.

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Freezing Mashed Potatoes

Feeling overwhelmed with potatoes? Our Executive Director, Mark Smallwood, suggests freezing them.  It’s easy and you can use them in your own time!

2 lbs potatoes, washed, peeled and quartered
3 tablespoons butter (more to taste)
1 cup warm milk
Salt and pepper
Quart size zippered freezer bags
Sour Cream or Cream cheese

Put potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork (15-20 minutes) Drain and return potatoes in pot to stove over low heat.  Add butter and warm milk while mashing.  Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

To freeze, fill freezer bags with 1-1/2 to 2 cups of mashed potatoes.  Flatten and push out all the air before zipping up.  Label and store flat in the freezer. (Quart size are a nice meal size quantity for storage of most produce in the freezer.) When thawing, put in microwave at 50% power for a minute at a time. Stir after each minute.  And add 1-2 tablespoons of sour cream or cream cheese for each 2 cups of potatoes.

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Potato, Corn, and Leek Chowder
From Cooking Light August 2006 via www.myrecipes.com
Submitted by ASC member, Stacy Glackin (Thanks, Stacy!)

This soup ends up being a good source of three blood pressure-lowering minerals since the milk adds calcium and the potatoes deliver a dose of potassium, as well as magnesium. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1- 1/3 cups)

2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1- 1/2 cups coarsely chopped leek (about 1 large)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 4 ears)
2 pounds cubed peeled Yukon gold or red potato
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Preparation Heat butter and oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leek, celery, and bell pepper; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Combine milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly add milk mixture to pan, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, corn, potato, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Stir in parsley and chives. Note: Serve with hot sauce.

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Roasted Potatoes and Leeks
Submitted by ASC Intern Erica Parker

Potatoes
Leeks
*Ghee (or oil you like to cook with)
Curry powder
Paprika
Salt
Pepper

*Note: Ghee is clarified butter and is available in certain grocery stores or Indian food stores. You can also make it at home by boiling butter and removing the residue.

Wash potatoes and leeks. Cut potatoes into 3/4-inch chunks or larger. Cut leeks into chunks of similar size to the potatoes. Melt adequate amount of ghee/oil in a large pot on low heat to coat potatoes and leeks. Preheat oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit. Put the potatoes and leeks in the pot and coat with ghee/oil. Add curry powder, paprika, salt, and pepper to taste. You can really use whatever spices you like for this. Spread out potatoes and leeks on baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes or until potatoes reach desired doneness. Enjoy!

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Potato Leek Soup
From www.epicurious.com

It’s a classic and perfect for our shares this week! Makes about 4 cups, serving 2 generously.

2 large leeks (white and pale green part), split lengthwise, washed well, and chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup chicken broth
1 pound boiling potatoes
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves

In a large heavy saucepan cook the leeks in the butter with salt and pepper to taste, covered, over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are softened but not browned. Add the water, the broth, and the potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice, and simmer the mixture, covered, for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender. In a blender purée 1 cup of the soup, stir the purée into the remaining soup with the parsley, and season the soup with salt and pepper.

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Huevos Rancheros
Submitted by ASC Intern Sam Moll (Sam’s favorite thing to eat!)

Make this as a hefty breakfast or a twist on dinner. Alter amounts used based on how many servings needed.

Potatoes
Onions
Sweet/Hot Peppers
Tomato
Corn
Spices: Salt, Pepper, Chili Powder, Thyme
Cheese (optional)
Sour Cream
Corn Tortillas
Black/Pinto Beans
Eggs

Sauté the onions in canola oil till translucent then add potatoes. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat and add the peppers, corn (remove from the cob) and spices. Heat 2 tortillas per person lightly in the oven. Fry 2 eggs/person over easy-medium. Place tortillas on the plate then top potato mix, beans, eggs, sour cream and chopped tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Creamy Potato Salad
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Complete Seasonal Cookbook

3 lb red potatoes, unpeeled
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Salt and pepper

Bring a large pot three-fourths full of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and boil until tender when pierced with a fork, 15-20 minutes. Drain and let cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Cut the potatoes into 3/4 inch dice.

In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, scallions, celery and the chopped parsley, mint and basil. Add the potatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss gently to mix.

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Corn and Red Potato Chowder with Bacon
From The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

6 cups chicken broth
5 medium ears corn, kernels removed (about 4 cups) and cobs reserved
1-1/2 pounds red potatoes, diced (about 4 cups)
4 slices bacon, finely chopped
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), cut into 4 pieces
1/4 cup flour
4 cups milk
1 medium bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

In a large saucepan, combine the broth, corn cobs, and potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large heavy-bottomed soup pot, cook the bacon until crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the onion, and cook until beginning to soften and brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Add the corn kernels and cook until deep yellow and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the butter. When melted, add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until evenly distributed and just beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.

When the potatoes are cooked, discard the corn cobs. Add the potatoes and broth to the pot with the corn. Add the milk and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the bell pepper and basil, and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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Potato and Leek Gratin with Cumin
Adapted from The Very Best Recipes for Health

1 garlic clove, halved
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2-3 leeks, white and light-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise and well washed
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and crushed
2 pounds potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
3/4 cup grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
2-1/3 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rub the inside of a 2-quart baking dish with the cut side of the garlic clove. Brush the dish lightly with some oil. Heat the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks. Cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the cumin. Stir together for 30 seconds and remove from the heat.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Add the leek mixture and half of the cheese, and toss together. Arrange in the baking dish in an even layer. Pour in the milk. Set the baking dish on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake the gratin for 45 minutes, checking after 30 minutes and pressing the potatoes down into the milk with the back of a spoon if necessary. Remove from the oven. Gently press the potatoes down into the liquid. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes, or until nicely browned. Cook for 10-15 minutes before serving.

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