WFMW: Potatoes

Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer has offered up this question for bloggy consideration:

On one of those days, which surely we must all have, where the day hasn’t gone as planned, there is next to nothing in the pantry, take-out and sandwiches are out, and hey let’s just add in a sick child and husband on the way home for good measure… what do you fix? What is your fall-back recipe?

Well, let me just say first-off.. I really have been trying to plan better so those kinds of days don’t happen so often. But you know, sometimes they just do.

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On those days it’s a pretty safe bet I’m going to make something with potatoes. We almost always have potatoes on hand. I know, I know, dependence on potatoes as a staple may be a southern thing but if you’re not getting your regular recommended dose of spuds then I don’t think you realize what you’re missing! 😉 They’re just so versatile! You can boil them, bake them, mash them, make soup out of them, slice them and bake them and make potato chips or french fries, you can make hash browns, they are good for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner… and the best part is they are cheap!!

So assuming I’d have potatoes on hand, the first thing I would make would be our family casserole if I had ground beef and green beans, or a variation of that with pinto or ranch style beans if I had those instead. If I didn’t have those, I could make potato soup or baked potatoes. Baked potatoes in the microwave are the the fastest and easiest and everyone in my family likes them.

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But if alllll of those weren’t available.. do you know what I would make? Pancakes. And that’s a fact. 😉

But really planning is better so that’s what I’m trying hard to do. Trying. Really, really hard. It’s a learned habit.

Soo… what’s your fall-back recipe? And tell me, what is YOUR favorite thing to do with potatoes?

Oh! And don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s to see what other people have to say.


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December 7, 2007 9:19 pm

I love to make pancakes for dinner or breakfast and the boys love blueberries or apple/cinnamon ones the most. It took some experimenting to get a recipe we all liked from scratch. I like not using a boxed mix like I used to do when we were first married. We have breakfast foods for dinner at least once a week. The boys also like it when we have egg/turkey bacon burritos. I made our first potato latkes today and it was fun and very good. A lot like hashbrowns just a little different. I tried some dried rosemary in some… Read more »

December 6, 2007 3:48 pm

Bavarian Weiner Bake 4 cups diced potatoes boiled and drained 1 lb. Oscar Meyer hotdogs sliced 1/4 inch pieces 1/2 c. mayonnaise + 1 can cream of mushroom soup (we use the 98% fat free and you can’t tell the difference) mixed together 1 can of sauerkraut drained (15 or 16 oz.) Mix all together and bake at 350 degrees until heated through. That’s how my mom did it. With hubby and kids, we just mix it all up and eat it as is. With the potatoes just cooked, it’s warm enough without being too hot for the kids. A… Read more »

December 5, 2007 5:32 pm

Oh my goodness, pancakes and potatoes are both faithful staples around here. I love experimenting with different add-ins for the pancakes. Cinnamon-apple, or peanut butter – banana – chocolate chip. Mmmm. 🙂
One thing I like to do with potatoes is slice them into wedges, coat with olive oil & sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake them in the oven & ….. oven fries! 🙂

December 5, 2007 6:50 pm

Wow, I’m with you on the potatoes, I was raised eating them all different ways & still enjoy good ole’ spuds fixed any way in anything!!!! You betcha

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