There is nothing quite like a meat and potato meal. It is one of the most classic meals, you have in America.
Everyone loves potatoes! And good to know that there are hundreds of ways to cook them. Whether you want to use the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker), air fryer or just make them in your oven, they all full of flavor. The key to a great dish is spices, you need to use lots of different spices in your potato dish until you find one that you really like on potatoes. I used to hate salt on my potatoes, but my son loves them, so one day, I let him season them. I realize that good old salt and pepper, applied in LARGE quantities, really seasoned the potatoes well, so after that, I used to add more than I usually did, and everyone complimented me on my potato dishes. So, experiment, find out what spice you like and adapt it to any potato recipe.
Another great reason for using potatoes as your side dish is that they are so budget friendly, these are usually on sale at the grocery store, at least twice a month, so take that time and grab yourself a package/bundle. You can literally turn one package of potatoes for about $3.00 for a 5-pound bag, into about 3 dishes. So, that’s a real budget saver.
Potatoes are used around the world for dishes, in Italy, they use potatoes to make gnocchi, in Africa, they make North African potato soup. They are able to be stored for a long time, which is why, before refrigeration, they used tons of them.
Here are some great hints for storing potatoes:
- Store potatoes in a cold, well-ventilated area.
- Never store potatoes in the refrigerator, any temperature lower than 50 degrees F, changes the texture of the potato and will affect the taste of the potato dish.
- If you do choose to store potatoes in the refrigerator, let them slowly come to room temperature, before you cook the potatoes.
- Paper bags work amazingly when you are storing potatoes
- Do not wash potatoes, before storing.
- If your potatoes have started to sprout, do not despair, just simply cut the sprout off, they are still safe to eat.
- If your potatoes have turned green, this is due to a chemical called Solaine, that means that the potato should be discarded, note: eating them in large quantities can cause you to get ill, so it’s best to throw away.
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The two tools that came in really handy in this recipe, were my large Anchor Hocking Measuring Cup (Which holds up to 4 cups)
These are fabulous!
- 4 cups diced potatoes (russet or gold)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheesee
- 3-4 pieces cooked and crumbled bacon
- 2-3 chives (chopped)
Start by dicing your potatoes. You don't need to peel them, which makes this an amazingly easy recipe.
I cut up and put them into my handy measuring cup. Which is so much easier to measure large items, than using the cups.
After you finish cutting all of your potatoes up, place them into a large bowl, where you can add your salt and pepper.
Add the olive oil.
After you finish cutting all of your potatoes up, place them into the air fryer basket.
Set the temperature for 400 degrees F.
Set the time for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes. I checked and my potatoes were soft. Since I knew they would be cooking for another 4 minutes.
If your potatoes are not soft, after 10 minutes, for whatever reason. The most common is your air fryer does not go to 400 degrees, just add a couple of minutes more.
When your potatoes are soft, sprinkle the cheese over the potatoes.
Set the temperature for 370 degrees F.
Set the time for 4 minutes.
Remove the cheesy potatoes, place them on a plate.
Then chopped up the bacon over them. Then chop up the chives (for both I used scissors)
Plate, serve and enjoy!