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 them.
- 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 Solanine, which 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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These potatoes go by a lot of names, my favorite is potato gratin. These are so much better than the box scalloped potatoes you find in the grocery store. But if you have them on hand, y9ou can use the same cooking instructions.
- 1 pound potatoes
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Spray your air fryer safe pan with olive oil.
Start by slicing the potatoes, thinly into about 1/2 inch thick pieces. As you cut them, place them into the prepared pan, covering the pan in layers, as you place them in.
Then mix in the milk, salt and pepper.
This is what mine looked like, as it was going inside the air fryer.
Set the pan into the air fryer oven or basket, and set the temperature 340 degrees F, for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, make sure your potatoes are fork-tender, if not add a few minutes.
Sprinkle the cheese on top of the potatoes, and air fry for another 3 minutes, just until the cheese is melted.
Plate, serve and enjoy!