Health Benefits of Potatoes
There are several ways to roast potatoes. In the oven, microwave, pressure cooker, or even in a camp oven over a camp fire. The last one is the best way. No matter which way you cook it the main thing is to have great crispy tasting potatoes.
Roasting in any oven. An important benefit for your health is to cook with skins on. Pour quantity of oil in the baking dish or camp oven. Cut Potatoes in half or quarters if large. Coat with oil in dish and put in hot oven. To make them look more fancy score squares on the skin side. Turn over when brown then serve when cooked.
Microwave Potatoes in their skins/Jackets
Score lines on either side of potato (in skins) with a knife. When tender cut three quarter way through center.
Add a dob of butter and sprinkle with parsley.
When cooked, cut in half and scoop the majority of potato out. Mash this with filling of your choice. It could be fish (like sardines) add some diced onion. Or you can add mustard, garlic, chopped up bacon mix. Then put this back into the scooped out potato or you can use any other type of filling. Grate cheese on top and put back in Microwave for a minute.
Cheesy Sliced Potato and Onion bake
Slice three medium potatoes, 2 carrots and an onion.
Lay each of these in layers in a metal or glass dish. Sprinkle with a little oil. Cook in oven until tender. Then grate quantity of cheese and sprinkle over the top. Sprinkle some paprika over this and return to oven until cheese melts and browned.
Boil Potatoes in saucepan on stove, when tender mash with teaspoon of butter and a little milk.
Variations- or cook with a small onion, or add any variations of garlic or any other spice or seasoning.
Dice quantity of potatoes,you can vary this by adding diced carrots. Just before they are cooked add some frozen peas. Cook until tender but do not overcook as they will go to mash. Drain and leave to cool. Add enough mayonnaise to cover potato mix. You can also add any other seasoning to suit your taste, like curry or herbs of your choice
Camp fire Baked potatoes
Wrap potatoes in wet newspapers or if you have no newspapers a couple of layers of al-foil will do the trick. Throw directly into the hot coals of the fire. Again cooking time will depend on heat of your fire and size of potatoes.
When cooked, cut in half and melt butter over the top. These taste much better if slightly black on outside, gives it that special fire taste. These are really the best part of camp fire cooking. (picture insert shows Potatoes removed from hot ashes)
Slice potatoes 1/4″ thick. Pour some oil in small dish and coat potatoes with oil. Place under grill or on barbecue until cooked golden.
Large and Small Potato Chips
There are a couple of ways to cook potato chips. Cut them into either thin chips or the normal standard size chips.
Cooking- Either deep fry them in a quantity of oil then drain and most important add a little salt.
Or coat with oil and spread out on an oven tray and cook in the oven. Either method of cooking chips will give you a similar tasty result.
1 onion sliced
500 gram Mince or diced Steak
2 small diced carrots (add any veggies of choice
Salt, pepper, garlic
Flour to thicken
oil for frying
Brown sliced onions and cook mince, (or diced steak). Add diced carrot and other veggies of your choice. When cooked thicken with desert spoon of plain flour or gravy thickener. Tip into baking dish.
While that is cooking cut up several potatoes (enough to cover the meat in your dish). Boil potatoes
and drain, add teaspoon of butter and mash when cool. Spread evenly over top of meat, cover with several sliced tomatoes then sprinkle with grated cheese. Cook in oven until cheese golden brown and melted. Serve with vegetables of your choice.
Teflon roasting dishes and donut tray
Potato Patties (cakes)
4 med size Diced pototoes
1 tbsp Olive oil
2 tbsp Flour
1 tbsp Parsley
Â½ cup grated cheese
oil to fry patties andonion
Cook Potatoes in Water until tender, drain and mash.Fry the onion until clear. Add all the remaining ingredients in a dish mixing thoroughly. Divide into equal parts (depending on number and required size). Pat into flat round cakes. Heat the oil and fry in non stick fry pan for 1or 2 minutes until each side golden brown.
You can add any flavours you want. I have made a budget meal with these by mixing in a tin of sardines and frying in the same way.