This time of year, we think more about staying inside our warm
houses and enjoying a home-cooked meal. But sometimes it's hard
to think of things to prepare for dinner night after night,
especially when you're trying to use up things you have on hand.
Potatoes are a staple food in my family's winter diet. They're
inexpensive, easy to prepare, and there are so many different
things that you can do with them. Even though my husband
sometimes complains, "potatoes again?!" when we've had them in
some shape or form for dinner every night for a week, I still
manage to come up with new and different ways to serve them. I
personally never get tired of eating them.
Potatoes are very versatile in that you can serve them as a main
course, side dish, or appetizer. They also freeze very well, so
you can prepare meals ahead of time and freeze them for later
use. One easy meal to prepare is a simple potato soup base
consisting of potatoes, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and milk or
water. You can add flour to thicken it up if you wish, or I add
cream of mushroom soup to give it a richer flavor. From there
you can add whatever you wish to create a meal your family is
sure to enjoy. I often add clams for an easy-to-make clam
chowder, ham, or corn and bacon for corn chowder. There is no
end to the possibilities you could come up with. Served with
fresh homemade bread, you can't beat the feeling of comfort a
bowl of potato soup brings on a cold winter's day.
Potato Soup Base
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cans (21 oz) cream of chicken or mushroom soup
2 soup cans milk
Salt and pepper
Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onions and garlic, cooking
until soft. Add potatoes and enough water to barely cover the
potatoes. Cook, covered, until potatoes are tender (15 to 20
minutes). In a medium-sized bowl, mix together soup and milk.
Pour soup mixture into potato mixture and stir. Heat but do not
boil. Season to taste.
Parmesan Potato Casserole
2 cups mashed potatoes
8 ounces cream cheese
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a small bowl, mix Parmesan
cheese and bread crumbs; set aside. In a medium-sized bowl,
combine mashed potatoes, cream cheese, eggs, onion, and flour.
Beat with a mixer on low speed until blended. Beat at high speed
until mixture is light and fluffy. Add salt and pepper. Pour
potato mixture into a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with
bread crumb/Parmesan cheese mixture. Bake for 35 minutes.
Originally published at Suite 101. Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.
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