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.
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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This is a takeoff of the classic hash we typically have at breakfast. They are infused with the great roasted flavor of the bacon, which is really great and gets a sweet taste of paprika, it was one of my family's favorite dishes so far.
- 2 cups peeled and diced sweet potatoes
- 3 slices of bacon, diced into 1 inch cubes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
In a small mixing bowl, mix together the diced sweet potatoes, bacon, olive oil, sweet paprika, salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Being careful to coat the
Spread the potato mixture into the air fryer basket or tray.
Set the temperature (air fryer setting) to 400 degrees for 6 minutes, after 6 minutes shake the basket or flip the potatoes with tongs.
Air fry for another 5-6 minutes, until they are fork-tender.
Plate, serve and enjoy!