Potato; a food love affair that is hard to resist in any cooked form and the ultimate comfort food. This starchy root vegetable is a favourite around the world. It is so versatile in its use that it can be eaten as a meal, snack or side dish. Life is truly incomplete without potatoes. Coming across someone who dislikes potatoes is most often a rarity. You just can’t say no to potatoes.
Can you imagine biryani without aalu (potatoes), steak without potato mash or burgers without fries? Yes, life is not complete without potatoes, a blessing for us all. PNK is going to celebrate this delectable veggie by sharing our three favourite recipes from three PNK team members that you can make to enjoy potatoes even more.
NATASAH’S SUPER EASY POTATO GRATIN
Our Editor-in-Chief is a major foodie. Actually, so is the entire team. She shared this scrumptious potato gratin recipe she used to make in her dorm while studying abroad. A bit of a nostalgia trip added with tons of flavour, we present Natasah’s Easy Potato Gratin.
1 ½ cups full-fat cooking cream
2 garlic cloves or equivalent garlic paste
2 tbsp butter
2 ½ cups grated mozzarella or gruyere (if you want something fancy)
½ cup brie
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional oregano and thyme to add some aromatics
Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine the butter, cream and garlic together in a bowl.
Peel, rinse and dry potatoes completely. Then use a mandolin or sharp knife to thinly slice your potatoes. Layer your potatoes in a non-stick greased oven dish.
Use 1/3 potatoes, followed by 1/3 of the cream mixture for the first layer. Then sprinkle with ¾ cups cheese. Repeat these to make 2 more layers, but don’t add cheese on the final layer.
Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are soft in the middle.
Then remove the foil, add your leftover cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes till cheese is well melted.
Serve up and enjoy!
MALIHA’S LOADED BAKED POTATOES
Maliha is not just a foodie, but also enjoys cooking in general and loves experimenting. You know the best part about these stuffed potatoes is that you can do so much with the filling! You can make different types as per your choice. The world is your oyster (or potato) so have fun with this recipe.
6 medium to large potatoes – washed and dried
2 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese mix
3/4 cup cooked and finely chopped sausages (chicken or beef)
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup Cream Cheese, Crumbled Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream. Hummus works well too!
1/4 cup grated onion
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 deseeded and finely Chopped Tomato
3 boiled and chopped eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt (or as per taste)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper (or as per taste)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place washed and dried potatoes on the oven rack and drizzle potatoes with oil and sprinkle with some salt. Bake for 1 hour or until done (insert a knife or toothpick to check)
Take potatoes out of the oven when done and cool.
Carefully cut an oval on the skin and remove it without damaging the rest. Scoop out the inside of the potato with a spoon gently. Place all the scooped potato bits in a bowl.
First, add butter and mash the potatoes. Then further add 1 ½ cup cheese, sausages, grated onion, tomatoes, eggs, salt and pepper. Fold and mix all ingredients well.
Stuff the potatoes with the mix using a spoon and then place them on an oven dish. Cover with foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheese and then heat further for a bit until cheese is melted.
Serve potatoes chopped and cream of choice. You can use Sour Cream, Hummus or Cream Cheese.
Add crushed slim chips or Doritos to add a flavour bomb!
ANUM’S CHILLI POTATOES
Anum is a mother of two delightful, yet handful, children so she juggles home life and working digitally simultaneously. Sometimes she needs a quick fix when it comes to cooking. Here is her favourite quick potato stew recipe that you will definitely appreciate.
1 tbsp Ohmami Chiu Chow Chilli Oil (you can add more or reduce as per your spice preference)
1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
1 heaped tsp of Fennel Seeds
A bit of lemon juice
1 to 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Peel, rinse and thinly slice your potatoes.
Heat up the oil a little in a non-stick pot and add chopped garlic and fennel seeds. Sautee for a minute, make sure you don’t burn the garlic or fennel seeds. Add the potato slices. Mix well and cook with the lid of the pot closed for 5 minutes. Add the Chilli Oil, a bit of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix well and cook till potatoes are done.
You can garnish with freshly chopped green onions and cilantro. Serve with warm roti or bread and relish this comfort food.
These recipes are a personal favourite and we had to share because good food needs to be experienced by everyone. If it’s potatoes then hurrah! Where the fries at?