Top 3 Potato Recipes

From Quids in! issue 4

So, what can you do with your home grown potatoes? Try one of Gill Holcombe’s recipes from her book Fish Pies and French Fries, Vegetables, Meat and Something Sweet … Affordable, Everyday Food and Family-friendly Recipes Made Easy.

Homemade Oven Baked Chips
Maris pipers are ideal for chips

Method

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into large chunks while you pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 7 (220°C).
  2. Pour a few tablespoons of oil on to a large baking tray or roasting dish, add the chips and use your hands to mix and coat with oil.
  3. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes, shaking the tray halfway through the cooking time.
  4. Sprinkle with salt or any ready mixed seasoning from a jar, or just leave plain.

 

Hash Browns
The quantities given below are enough for about 16 good sized has browns

Ingredients

  • 2lbs (1kg) Potatoes
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp Flour (plain, wholemeal or a mixture of each)

Method

  1. Peel and grate the potatoes, wash them well in a colander to remove the starch, then squeeze dry in an old clean tea towel.
  2. Grate the onion and mix with the grated potato in a large bowl.
  3. Sift the flour in to the bowl add the melted butter and mix the whole lot together.
  4. Make the mixture in to cakes and shallow fry them in hot oil for a few minutes.

 

Cheesy Potato Bake

Ingredients

  • 2lb (1kg) potatoes
  • Milk
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Half a small (150ml/5fl oz) carton of single cream (optional)
  • Nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Wash, peel and thinly slice the potatoes
  2. Layer the potatoes with the grated cheese in a casserole dish, sprinkle with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Start with potatoes and end with cheese. Grate more cheddar on the top or any other cheese you may have.
  3. Pour milk into the casserole dish to about halfway up the potatoes adding a small carton of cream to the milk if you like.
  4. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake in the oven on Gas Mark 3 (170°C) for about an hour.
  5. Remove the foil, turn the oven up to Gas Mark 7 (220°C) and cook for another 20-30  minutes until the potatoes are soft and the topping is crisp and golden.