Boil ’em, Mash ’em, Stick ’em in a stew
I don’t think there is a food on the planet that gets as bad of a reputation as the potato. Poor misunderstood potato. It’s probably the only food that has been converted into a toy, and yet it is a pariah of epic proportions. I’m a bit partial to the potato myself. The sign in American Sign Language for an Irish person is the sign for “potato”! Small wonder I don’t have any potatoes to photograph! So let’s talk poh-tay-toes.
I’ve posted a couple of potato recipes in the past and I’ll share a new one tomorrow:
So what’s the real deal with the potato?
The French certainly know how to keep it simple with a few delicious foods, and they’re skinny right? Potage parmentier anyone? This soup is amazing (although 1T of salt seems excessive) and a lot less waist expanding (less than 200 calories!) than the traditional creamy potato soups running rampant this time of year. The potato is a cheap, accessible, adaptable and delicious food.
A medium-size potato with the skin provides 45% of the Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin C, 18% of DV of potassium, 10% of DV of vitamin B6 and trace amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, folate, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. The fiber content of a potato with skin (2 g) is equivalent to that of many whole grain breads, pastas, and cereals. Pretty cool huh? A caveat, like any food (except leafy greens) potatoes should be eaten in moderation. They can raise blood sugars more quickly than some other foods. Of course eating them fried and dipped in grease isn’t acceptable over here!
This article is pretty recent and talks about the hot and happening purple potato. This blog is great and has a yummy sounding Italian Leek Potato Soup I may have to try. Vegetarian Times also has a fondue made from potatoes instead of cheese that is calling my name.
So remember, just because it’s a potato doesn’t mean it’s bad!