[Blackadder shows Baldrick a potato]
Blackadder: I mean, look at this. What is it?
Baldrick: I’m surprised you’ve forgotten, my lord.
Blackadder: I haven’t forgotten; it’s a rhetorical question.
Baldrick: No, it’s a potato.
Black Adder II: Potato
I love potatoes, they’re my ultimate comfort food. You may disagree, especially if all you ever do the the humble spud, is boil the life out of it. I’ve been trying over the last couple of years to get away from just having mash or chips and have been trying various other potato based dishes instead.
The source of all that is right and correct in the world, has a great list of potato dishes, which is quite handy. I’ve decided to start trying to work my way through most of them, as quite a few really aren’t veggie. Anyway, here’s links to post about my various attempts.
Pommes dauphine are crisp potato puffs made by mixing mashed potatoes with savoury choux pastry, forming the mixture into dumpling shapes, and then deep-frying them.
Fondant potatoes are thick slices of potato that are cooked in a pan with butter and stock over a fairly high heat so they have a crisp outside and a meltingly soft centre. For some reason, these aren’t on the Wikipedia list of potato dishes…
Rösti is made with coarsely grated potato, either cooked or raw. Depending on the frying technique, butter or another fat may be added (and usually salt and pepper). If not, oil is used for the frying. I’ve also jotted down some thoughts on rösti, after cooking a few…
Duchess potatoes consist of a purée of mashed potato and egg yolk, butter, salt, pepper, nutmeg, which is forced from a piping bag or hand-moulded into various shapes which are then baked until golden.
The gratin dauphinois is made with uncooked potatoes, thinly sliced, and cream, cooked in a buttered dish rubbed with garlic.
Clapshot is a traditional Scottish dish that is made by combining mashed neeps and tatties, with the addition of chives, butter or dripping, salt and pepper.
Batata Harra, is a Lebanese dish, made from potatoes, red peppers, coriander, chilli, and garlic. The name translates to spicy potatoes, which is certainly true if you add too many chilli flakes…
Rumbledethumps, is a traditional Scottish dish made from tatties, cabbage and onion. It’s similar to Irish colcannon, and English bubble and squeak.
Pommes Lyonnaise, or Lyonnaise potatoes are a French dish of sliced potatoes and onions, sautéed in butter and sprinkled with parsley.