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We eat a lot of potatoes in our home. The main way we eat them is baked. We wash the potato, stick it several times with a knife and then microwave it with the baked potato button on our microwave. We add butter, cheese, ranch, bacon bits (just whatever we have around the house) and chow down.
A baked potato is more than a side here. We consider them to be a whole meal. We take spells where we eat this several times a week but lately we’ve only been eating them once or twice a month. I will purchase the smallest bag of potatoes I can at the store to keep them from going bad on our slow spells.
I also enjoy frying potatoes. I peel them, rinse them off and fry them in a skillet with the bacon grease I have saved from previous meals. These are fantastic by themselves or with a bowl of brown beans and a slice of corn bread. Sometimes I will slice up a single potato and fry it up with an egg or two to make potatoes and eggs – a staple from my childhood.
Chop a potato into small pieces, add some sliced hot dog (or spam, bacon, ham or whatever meat we have available), cook thoroughly and then toss in an egg to make a Poor Man’s meal. I like to season this with some salsa if I have it but most times I just put in a dram of ketchup. I got my Auntie hooked on this meal.
I occasionally slice them up into wedges, drizzle with oil and seasonings and bake them. Katie isn’t too crazy about them this way so we don’t do it very often. When we had a fryer we used to have french fries a lot but I can’t see buying a fryer right now and this doesn’t work too well on my hot plate so we buy big bags of frozen french fries and bake them instead. There is a noticeable difference in taste from the bags to baking a fresh potato in a fry shape – and we aren’t fond of the difference (well, Katie isn’t – I can eat almost anything).
Do you eat potatoes a lot at your home? Do you consider them just a side or a whole meal? Please share your stories in the comments below.
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