Friday, September 17, 2010

Savings To Spare With Pommes De Terre

My favorite fall pantry staple is potatoes. They are frequently on sale this time of year. Despite the current carb-phobia, they are nutritious, cheap, versatile and filling. Potatoes contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as a type of starch that helps regulate insulin and cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Potatoes can be prepared in so many ways. They can be baked, and stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables, etc. They can be layered in a casserole, grated and made into potato pancakes, or simmered in a stew. They are excellent fried or mashed. With over 3,000 varieties of potatoes worldwide, they are featured prominently in most ethnic cuisines.

If potatoes are not already a part of your diet, why not pick up a bag today? Try a new recipe from, or and come back and share your new favorites with us!


Anonymous said...

I love the sweet potatos this time of year. You can bake them or make sweet potato fries.

Betsy Bargain said...


I love sweet potatoes too! I've been noticing a lot of restaurants have sweet potato fries now!

Preeti @ Heart and Mindh said...

I love potatoes, and other root vegetables a lot. Once, I went through a root veg diet! It was tough.

What I love about potatoes is, it is inexpensive and you can use it in various dish with it, it works well as a side dish or in main course.

Betsy Bargain said...


That root veg diet sounds monotonous! I like root veggies, but I need variety. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Donna said...

You can even make candy out of potatoes! It's called Pioneer Candy.

2 big potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
1 pound chocolate confectioners' coating or chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut

1. Boil Drain and mash potatoes.
2. Mix 1 cup mashed potatoes, salt and vanilla until smooth. Sift confectioners' sugar over potato mixture a cup at a time. Stir into potatoes. Mixture will liquefy at first when sugar is added, then gradually begin to thicken. When it becomes the consistency of stiff dough, knead it, adding more sugar if necessary, or not using the whole amount if mixture is very stiff. Cover with a damp cloth and chill until mixture holds its shape when formed into a small (1/2 inch) ball.
3.Form potato mixture into 1/2 inch balls.
4.Melt confectioners' coating or chocolate chips in a double boiler or in a small saucepan over low heat or even in microwave. Dip balls in melted chocolate, then roll in coconut. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Betsy Bargain said...

Wow, Donna. What an unusual recipe! I can't wait to try it! Who ever heard of making candy with potatoes!

Anonymous said...

The Irish can make anything out of potatoes

Betsy Bargain said...

You're welcome to share some of your favorite potato recipes here, Anon. Thanks for reading!