Aug 25, 2011

Spuds, Glorious Spuds!

My mother was right. She always said—as she dragged on my ear lobe and scraped my inner ear with a hairpin—that spuds would take root in my head, and they have. I have spuds on the brain. Maybe it's my autumnal instinct for root vegetables kicking in, or maybe it's because today is National Potato Day. You heard me; there's a whole day dedicated to my favorite food! Hello potato pancakes for breakfast, potato croquettes for lunch, and potato gratin for dinner—all with a side of buttery mashed potatoes. Mashed, roasted, baked, twice-baked, fried ... with garlic, with butter, with leeks ... peppered, topped, souped, smothered ... wait, why stop at a Day? I'm thinking National Potato Weekend!

Actually, I'm away this weekend, so my 'spudselebrations' will have to be extended to a week!

Banking a few recipes to spruce up my spud sides and recipes, so I thought to share. I started with the obvious choice—, where I found smoked mackerel and new potato salad, Italian potato gnocchi with goat's cheese, and crispy potato cakes.
Now, what's for dinner? (says she as she sharpens her potato-peeler)

Ten spud-heavy recipes I want to try: 
Mustard-roasted potatoes via Smitten Kitchen
Tullamore Dew Whiskey Bacon Pie via A Village Pantry
Colcannon and champ via Married an Irish Farmer
Crispy hasseblack potatoes via Donal Skehan
Pomegranate, beet, potato, walnut, chevre salad at Being Cheap Never Tasted so Good
Spinach, potato, and coat's cheese tart via Rachel Allen
Boxie potato cake salad via Kevin Dundon
Potato tomato bread via The Daily Spud
Rhubarb potato gratin via The Daily Spud
Potato spinach sausage casserole, potato skins, and curried potato soup (all at once) via Simply Recipes

Happy Potato Week!

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