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					Potato Recipes

The humble potato is probably the most versatile food in the world and is
relatively easy to grow. It can be boiled, sautéed, roasted, baked and
sliced for fries. It's also the main ingredient of potato chips. Potatoes
are used in many countries and there are hundreds of potato recipes. It
can go into soups, stews, pies and casseroles. Simple mashed potato with
lots of cream and butter is delicious without any additions.

Soup, when potato is an ingredient, has a chunky texture. The classic
French creation, Vichyssoise is normally served cold with some crusty
bread. It also contains onions, leeks, cream and chicken stock. Potato
and Cabbage Soup is popular in some countries, e.g. Albania. Potato and
Caraway Soup is also tasty, containing caraway seeds, milk or stock and
seasoning.

Dauphinoise Potatoes are commonly seen as Potato Recipes in cookery
books. The potatoes are sliced and baked in the oven with milk, onion,
nutmeg and seasoning. Haggerty is a similar dish but with grated cheddar
cheese. The addition of garlic or mustard to mashed potato adds a bit of
spiciness. Some people like to fry potato slices in butter and add some
cayenne pepper. Grated potato is sometimes added to pancake batter to
make a tasty savory pancake.

Different cultures have developed recipes around the world. The United
States has always included a lot of potatoes in their diet and there are
many potato recipes in various regions. A dish known to many Americans is
baked potato with cheddar cheese or sour cream and chives. Mashed
potatoes in New England often have the peel mixed in.

The harsh climate of Northern Europe has created a fondness for the
potato. Scandinavian countries have a tradition of serving pickled
herring with the first of the season's new potatoes with dill. In Italy,
the popular Gnocchi dumplings are made from either semolina or potatoes.
Britain too has its classic potato recipes, one of the favorites being
Shepherd's Pie. This is a dish of minced beef, onions and vegetables
topped with mashed potatoes and baked in the oven until the topping is
golden and crispy. Sometimes, grated cheese is sprinkled on top. Another
dish is one, which is ideal for using up leftovers. Bubble and Squeak, as
it is known, uses slices of fried potato, strips of cabbage and diced
bacon. It's all fried up with a dash of Worcestershire Sauce. There's no
need to ever waste a potato!

				
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