Thanks to their versatility in cooking and their delicious flavour, potatoes are a much loved vegetable. There are many ways to cook them.
Here are 5 easy ways to cook potatoes, and careful preparation will ensure the best possible taste.
This is a standard and classic method of preparing potatoes. You have to decide whether to boil them whole, quartered or diced. The boiling time will vary according to the cut of the potato:
- A large whole potato will take up to 40 minutes to boil;
- Quartered (or halved) potatoes will take up to 20 minutes to boil;
- Diced potatoes will take up to 12 minutes to boil.
You’ll also need to decide whether to peel or not. Do you know that unpeeled potatoes retain more nutrients than peeled ones? Use a small quantity of water for boiling because this helps to retain the nutrients in this vegetable. Please consider that old (mature) potatoes should be brought to the boil in the water, while new ones (chats) should be added to boiling water.
What could be easier than baking a potato? A good and easy dinner, provided you allow for enough cooking time. Decide how you’ll bake them.
They can be baked directly on the oven rack or placed inside a baking dish with a little cooking fat. Baked potatoes can also be wrapped in foil.
Potatoes suited to baking include Desirée, Coliban, Russet Burbank, Sebago, Spunta and King.
Arrange them direct on the baking rack in the oven. Bake at 200ºC/400ºF for about one hour.
The time may vary depending on the type of potato and its size.
Mashed potatoes are a main addition to many a meal. It’s not really a cooking method as such but it does complete the methods for preparing potatoes. And importantly, mashed potatoes don’t have to be bland: all sorts of delicious ingredients can be added to spice up this standard dish, from spices and herbs to other mashed vegetables.
Fried potatoes can mean chips, fries, wedges, fried slices and more. This is tasty but calorie-laden way to enjoy potatoes on occasion. In any case, utilize potatoes with a firm flesh for shallow frying or sautéing. Use unsalted butter if using butter, as salt tends to cause the potatoes to burn in the pan. Or, use oil, oil mixed with butter, or ghee (clarified butter).
This is a lovely way to prepare potatoes for about 4 persons. It’s sure to please those who like their vegetables a little sweet. The ingredients are the following:
- 16 potatoes
- 15g/6 oz/ 3/4 cup caster/superfine sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
Steam the potatoes until tender. In a large, heavy-based frying pan or skillet, add the sugar. Stir over a low heat to melt the sugar.
Cook for about 5 minutes to melt, stirring frequently. Then cook for another 3 minutes until a syrup forms.
Add the melted butter and oil quickly. Stir to combine well. Add the potatoes and shake the pan until they are evenly coated with the caramel syrup.
Add pepper to taste. Serve immediately.