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Easy Potato Recipes

This time of year, we reckon more about staying inside our warm houses and enjoying a home-cooked meal. But sometimes it’s hard to reckon 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, simple 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 simple 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 make a meal your family is sure to delight in. I often add clams for an simple-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

2 eggs

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 simple dinner thoughts. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at creativehomemaking.com creativehomemaking.com

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