potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10450/all/%22http%3A/www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/351/%22http%3A/find.myrecipes.com/%22http%3A/www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/351/%22http%3A/www.beer100.com/cooking/%22http%3A/www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/351/Americas_Best_Baked_Potato_Soup37841.shtml%22%3EAmerica en-US 10 Delicious Tater Tot Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000039736244_Large.jpg" alt="tater tot recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tater tots, those crispy-outside, pillowy-on-the-inside puffs of deliciousness, are absolutely wonderful just the way they are. Everyone loves them, including the folks who insist you can make them out of cauliflower or broccoli. Those are not bad, but they ain't tots.</p> <p>Aside from being tasty, tots also lend themselves to be dressed up, wrapped in meat, drenched with sauce, and piled high with your other favorite ingredients. Here are 10 delicious ideas to try. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-exciting-new-potato-recipes-you-must-try?ref=seealso">25 Exciting New Potato Recipes You Must Try</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots</h2> <p>Easily coming in at number one are these obscenely delicious little bites. Preheat your oven to 425&ordm; F. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut strips of bacon into thirds and wrap the tots. Place seam-side down on the parchment and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the whole tot is crispy. I found I needed to taste-test several of them to ensure perfect bacon-potato cohesiveness. The only problem with this tot treatment is that, after eating a tater tot wrapped in bacon, a plain one is a little sad and disappointing.</p> <h2>2. Totchos</h2> <p>Move over, nacho bar &mdash; we've got <em>Totchos</em>. Dust your tater tots with a little Mexican-style seasoning before baking. When crispy, layer with shredded Pepper Jack cheese, chopped tomatoes, browned ground beef, a can of drained chiles, salsa, and sour cream. The main difference between Totchos and Nachos is that Totchos are more efficiently eaten with a fork. Tots are not engineered to serve as a scooping vessel.</p> <h2>3. Tot Waffles</h2> <p>A fun fad lately is to see just what sorts of food you can put into a waffle iron. Not surprisingly, tater tots are among the best. The secret here is patience. I cheated and opened the lid too soon. This causes the potatoes to fall apart and lack the necessary crispiness. Also, either thaw your tater tots or microwave them a little to soften up, as they need to be pliable.</p> <p>To make a tot-waffle, preheat your waffle iron and spray with nonstick olive oil spray. Add a generous layer of tots. Close the lid and cook until crispy. My iron took about 10 minutes. Remove and add toppings &mdash; fried egg, bacon, and ketchup are good. You can cook two of them and make a sandwich, too.</p> <h2>4. Comfort Casserole</h2> <p>For those of you prone to stress eating &mdash; or relaxed eating &mdash; this casserole is for you. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray. Combine a 32-oz bag of tater tots, a can of creamed soup (mushroom, chicken, shrimp), eight oz of sour cream, and half the soup can of milk. Pour into the casserole dish and top with two cups of shredded cheese. Bake at 350&ordm; F for 30 minutes; remove and top with half a can of French's crispy fried onions. Bake for another 10 minutes. I promise you will feel better.</p> <h2>5. Skewered Tots</h2> <p>Isn't food on a skewer more fun to eat? I'm guessing that the novelty of skewers makes us think of parties, or of exotic places. Whatever the reason, tots on a stick are a winner. Start by baking tots according to package directions. Cool enough so that you can touch them, and then thread onto bamboo skewers. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar and bacon bits; drizzle with Sriracha. Return to oven until cheese melts.</p> <h2>6. Tater Tacos</h2> <p>I like my fish tacos to have a lot of crunch to them, with very crispy breaded fish and fresh cabbage. Next time you make fish tacos, bake some tater tots, cut them in half, and toss into the tacos. Add a lime-cilantro crema, chopped tomatoes, and avocado, and chow down.</p> <h2>7. Chili Tots</h2> <p>I've tried chili with rice, pumpkin, cornbread, tortilla chips &mdash; you name it, and I've had it. And they're all great, but wait until you try it with crispy tater tots. Bake as directed and put a handful into a soup bowl. Ladle chili over the tots and top with shredded cheese. Yum.</p> <h2>8. Breakfast Omelet Cups</h2> <p>This ingenious recipe combines <a href="http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/omelet-breakfast-bites/">tater tots</a>, plus other delicious breakfast ingredients, into portable omelet cups. Tuck a couple into your lunch bag and heat at the office.</p> <h2>9. Baby Buffalo Taters</h2> <p>Crazy about that buffalo spicy flavor? Combine one tub of sour cream with a &frac12; cup of bleu cheese. Drizzle with Frank's RedHot Sauce. Heat tater tots and dip away. This is good with beer and the traditional celery sticks.</p> <h2>10. Spice 'Em Up</h2> <p>A tater tot is pretty much a blank canvas that can fit the flavor profile of your meal. Try garam masala for Indian flavors, chili powder for Mexican zest, or even a Japanese furikake sprinkle. Pair with a yogurt tip, queso, or gyoza sauce.</p> <p><em>Have you tried any of these tater treatments? What is your favorite?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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I sure was, so it was exciting to see what new things food bloggers have been doing to spuds. Here are 25 new recipe ideas.</p> <h2>1. Hassle-Free Hasselbacks</h2> <p>I was more than a little concerned about these fancy <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/10/scalloped-hasselback-potatoes/">Hasselback potatoes</a>. Sometimes things just look great in Pinterest photos, but when I try them, well, ahem, not so much. What I wondered was whether I could slice them thinly enough to make them look sporty while not cutting all the way through.</p> <p>Enter the wooden spoon trick!</p> <p>Put the potato on a wooden spoon and, using a very sharp knife, gently cut the potato. It prevents the knife from going all the way through, although it's a little rough on the spoon.</p> <p>The next challenge was the butter. I live in a tropical climate, and, despite freezing the butter as suggested, the moment I took it out, it would melt in my hands. I learned to work fast and just jam that butter into its designated slice. I took a little liberty with this recipe and used Asiago cheese. I also added some paprika and chives for color. All in all, they were fun to make (who doesn't love a challenge?), and I think mine looked fairly good. They tasted great. How could they not, with alternating slices of cheese and butter?</p> <h2>2. Tarragon Potato Salad</h2> <p>This <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/18455-tarragon-potato-salad-with-cured-salmon-and-lemon-vinaigrette">Tarragon Potato Salad</a> was so enticing! As it turned out, this was a week for recipe tinkering. First off, I used smoked salmon, rather than the cured, as in their picture. (That was fine, according to the recipe.)</p> <p>My next adjustment was to use sauteed leeks, rather than spring onions, since I had just picked leeks from my garden. Whoa, that sounded pretentious. My garden is currently a sucking mud-hole. I was devoured by mosquitoes and, because I am so out of shape, my hamstrings are still screaming. I'd have been better off letting the leeks rot and buying spring onions. I did use the fresh lemon, but only because a neighbor's had fallen off of their tree. And rolled to the street. Almost. It may have had a little assistance. Alas, there was no fresh tarragon to be had at the grocery store, so I used dried. My last addition was a sprinkling of grated Asiago cheese.</p> <p>This was delicious.</p> <h2>3. Sweet Potato Dessert Squares</h2> <p>I debated so hard about testing and including this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/sweet-potato-dessert-squares">Sweet Potato Dessert Square</a> recipe. To me, this is more of a fall dessert. In the end, I decided what the heck &mdash; &nbsp;just wanted to try it. A friend had made a version with pumpkin, and that was wonderful. My husband was quite skeptical (&quot;Sweet Potato Dessert? <em>Really?</em> Huh.&quot;) Once l I handed him a slice, all was forgiven. I made mine in a quiche dish, simply because I am lazy, and that's what was on top of my stack of clean dishes.</p> <h2>4. Roasted Potato and Asparagus and...</h2> <p>This <a href="http://ohsheglows.com/2014/04/25/roasted-potato-and-asparagus-lentil-salad-with-tangy-mustard-lemon-dressing/">Roasted Potato-Asparagus-Lentil Salad</a> is another potato WINNER. First, I must point out that I used Israeli couscous, rather than lentils. My grocery store was, inexplicably, out of lentils. However, I firmly believe that time is money, and have no interest in driving from store to store in search of perfect ingredients. So, couscous it was, and Israeli couscous has a fun little round texture and look that I like. I also discovered that I was out of whole-grain mustard, truly a mystery, because I usually have <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-by-making-your-own-mustard">five different kinds</a> in my refrigerator. I made do with Dijon and nobody suffered. There are some recipes that turn out so well, I just cannot wait to make them again. This was one of them.</p> <h2>5. Crazy Name, but Crash Hot Potatoes Are YUM</h2> <p>I tried ignoring <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes/">Crash Hot Potatoes</a> on Pinterest for a while, thinking oh, what's the big deal &mdash; isn't it just a smashed potato? Well, as it turns out, yes. But it's better than that, especially if you understand the concept (as the author so charmingly put it) of having more &quot;flavorful, crispy surface area.&quot; I dusted mine with some parmesan during the baking, because cheese and I are friends.</p> <h2>6. The Earl of Potato-Wich</h2> <p>Bear with me on this next &quot;<a href="http://www.rippedrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-grilled-cheese-1519.html">sandwich</a>.&quot; It looks sort of sandwich-y, but it's almost more like a dessert (keep in mind a Monte Cristo sandwich). There is sweetness in the sweet potato, of course, but also in the raisins. Using coconut oil also gave it an interesting &quot;tropical&quot; taste. It certainly is packed with nutrition, between the sweet potatoes, raisins, walnuts, kale, and ricotta.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes for Potluck</h2> <p>I am always on the lookout for potluck recipes that go together quickly, and this <a href="http://www.stayingclosetohome.com/easy-hashbrown-egg-casserole-recipe.html">Easy Hash Brown and Egg Casserole</a> fit the bill. Of course I put grated cheddar cheese on top when I baked it. If you are a fan (like me) of breakfast for dinner, here you go. Pass the Tabasco!</p> <h2>8. Purple Potatoes I</h2> <p><a href="http://archives.starbulletin.com/1999/11/10/features/request.html">Purple Potato Salad</a>? Yes, it's delicious (served at one of my favorite cafes) and so pretty. Using Okinawan sweet potatoes gives it the beautiful purple color. Also, it's a good excuse to get out the mayonnaise.</p> <h2>9. Purple Potatoes II</h2> <p>If you liked those purple potatoes, try them <a href="http://wanderingchopsticks.blogspot.com/2008/12/mashed-okinawan-purple-sweet-potatoes.html">mashed!</a> Kids love these.</p> <h2>10. Purple Potatoes III</h2> <p>Or, as <a href="http://www.jollytomato.com/2012/09/27/purple-potato-chips/">chips!</a> And here's another tip: If you have little bits of chips left over, throw them into a sugar cookie dough. You'll get a crispy cookie with a little extra pizzazz.</p> <h2>11. Potato Patties</h2> <p>You can eat your &quot;french fries&quot; at the same time as your burger with these <a href="http://www.eatwell101.com/potato-recipe-for-kids-healthy-potatoes-patties-burgers-healthy-potato-kids-recipe">Potato Patties Burgers</a>. Although meant to be kid-friendly, I sure would never turn one down. It does make things easier if you use the muffin tins.</p> <h2>12. Bourbon and Sweet Potato Cupcakes</h2> <p>True confessions: The words &quot;bourbon&quot; and &quot;cupcake&quot; convinced me to try this recipe out, not the &quot;sweet potato.&quot; The original recipe calls for using Maker's Mark bourbon, but if I did that, my husband would have a cow. There are, uh, cheaper bourbons to use, and I thought this was delicious using one of those. These are definitely <a href="http://www.bakerella.com/not-your-kids-cupcakes/">cupcakes</a> for grown-ups. I love being a grown-up.</p> <h2>13. Potatoes, Meet Kale</h2> <p>And speaking of being a grown-up, and eating responsibly, ahhhh, thank goodness for things like these <a href="http://bsugarmama.com/potato-kale-enchiladas/">Potato and Kale Enchiladas</a>, because they are delicious. I had some tomatillo sauce kicking around so used that in place of enchilada sauce. That wasn't as spicy, so next time I will go with the enchilada sauce.</p> <h2>14. Samosa Pie</h2> <p>As this recipe author puts it, &quot;I luuuuuve samosas.&quot; Me, too. In fact, for my daughter's 18th birthday, that's what we served, because she also loves them. That's why when I saw this <a href="http://foodess.com/2013/06/samosa-pie/">Samosa Pie</a>, I got so excited. I used a Pillsbury's pie crust and that worked well. I had to make my own <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-garam-masala/">garam masala</a> mix (which was not hard to do) because my market did not carry it. Now that I mention it, I don't know why checkers at my grocery store keep asking me, &quot;Did you find everything?&quot; because I always tell them them &quot;no,&quot; and then they've never heard of what it is I'm looking for, and everyone is sad.</p> <h2>15. Great Grilling</h2> <p>It is getting to be that time of year when I just want to grill everything. Correction: I want my <em>husband</em> to grill everything. I don't even know how to run that barbeque, and we are both fine with that. Check out these <a href="http://realmomkitchen.com/7833/grilled-potatoes-with-bbq-dipping-sauce/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+realmomkitchen/JNcN+(Real+Mom+Kitchen)">Grilled Potatoes</a>. Yum! I went with plain old ketchup as a dipping sauce, because the husband loves ketchup and, well, he was doing all the work.</p> <h2>16. Healthier Tacos</h2> <p>Roasting your sweet potatoes, I think, makes all the difference in a vegetarian <a href="http://ohmyveggies.com/recipe-roasted-sweet-potato-black-bean-tacos/">Sweet Potato and Black Bean Taco</a>. I had tried other methods, but found I really prefer the crispness of the potatoes, plus the &quot;charred&quot; look. That's kind of weird, when you think about it. I mean, it's a potato, not a joint of beef. This is a delightfully simple yet flavorful recipe. If you cannot get queso fresco, a Mexican cheese, try a Monterey Jack. I prefer these in a crispy shell, but the husband likes soft whole-wheat wraps, which also worked fine. Marriage is full of compromises.</p> <h2>17. Not-Boring Potato Soup</h2> <p><a href="http://food52.com/recipes/4125-creamy-potato-soup-with-bacon-vinaigrette">Potato soup</a>. Yawn. Good, but hardly exciting or new,&nbsp;<em>unless you top it with a bacon vinaigrette</em>. Ah, I see I have your attention, now. My little tweaks were to use greek yogurt in place of the sour cream and to use leeks in place of the green onions (sauteed with the bacon). And, yes, I realize that sort of makes it a potato-leek soup. Whatever, it was delicious, and a nice change.</p> <h2>18. Pretty Potato Rolls</h2> <p>Carb lovers, unite! Not only are these <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/easy-baking-recipe-noknead-swe-132580">sweet potato rolls</a> a pretty color, but they require no kneading (bonus)! Using potatoes in rolls gives them a wonderful texture. I used low-fat buttermilk in place of the whole milk, just because I had it around, and I think it helps keep the rolls extra-fluffy. Warm from the oven, with butter, these will transport you to a happy place.</p> <h2>19. Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich</h2> <p>Wait: A roasted sweet potato, goat cheese, red onion, arugula, and pesto sandwich? Toasted? When I saw these <a href="http://dishingupthedirt.com/uncategorized/sweet-potato-grilled-cheese-sandwich-with-kale-pesto/">sandwiches</a>, I think swooned a little. What a combination!</p> <h2>20. Fanciest Hash Browns, Ever</h2> <p>There was a problem with this recipe for <a href="http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2012/01/goat-cheese-fontina-arugula-quiche-w/">Fontina and Goat Cheese Tart With Crispy Hash Brown Crust</a>. The problem was that I could eat it entirely by myself. Have you ever before seen a crust made of hash browns? My grandmother's springform pan was on the highest shelf of my kitchen, but you can believe I got the stepladder out for this baby. As the recipe suggested, feta could be substituted for goat cheese (I love goat cheese but my husband doesn't). Also, as promised, it reheats nicely (if there is any to reheat).</p> <h2>21. Get Ready for Football Season Snacks</h2> <p>I am totally addicted to hot sauce, so when I saw this recipe for <a href="http://3boysandadog.com/2013/08/franks-redhot-kickin-bbq-stuffed-potatoes/">stuffed potato skins,</a> I was in, hook, line, and sinker. The list of ingredients is long but oh, so worth it. I wasn't sure about the pineapple bits, but they offset the spiciness of the hot sauce nicely, so don't leave them out. Serve with beer.</p> <h2>22. Meatloaf and Mashed Potato &quot;Cupcakes&quot;</h2> <p>I had dismissed these <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/meat-loaf-cupcakes-with-mashed-potato-icing/d46c2428-4885-4936-864d-072ceea54724">Meatloaf Cupcakes With Mashed Potato Icing</a> as purely &quot;kid food.&quot; Well, one of my girlfriends thought they were the cutest things, and so made them, and has not quit raving ever since. I used turkey burger instead of hamburger, but turkey burger is also leaner, so it's harder to make them keep their shape. Lesson learned! They will hold their shape better if you do use cupcake liners, but they taste great, regardless. Big kids and little kids alike think they are awesome.</p> <h2>23. Best Use of Leftover Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>Usually I just turn leftover mashed potatoes into potato pancakes, which are good, but next time I have leftovers, I must try these <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/thanksgiving-leftovers-recipe-133358">Mashed Potato Puffs</a>. It will also give me an excuse to consider buying that nifty pan with the rectangles shown in the photo.</p> <h2>24. Spanish Frittata</h2> <p>I love a good <a href="http://culinaryarts.about.com/od/eggsdairy/r/spinbacchedfrit.htm">frittata</a>. They are good, I think, for any meal of the day. This one uses bacon and cheddar, but they are really versatile &mdash; I have used thinly-sliced Black Forest ham and all sorts of different cheeses. When I learned to make them, I was taught to flip them onto a plate and then flip them back into a pan. These instructions are much easier and would have saved a lot of messes.</p> <h2>25. Fold It Up!</h2> <p>A <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/potato-leek-feta-tart-recipe-00000000019589/index.html">Potato Tart</a> is a delicious, satisfying meal. Just add a green salad and you are all set. I have never been able to fold my pie crusts neatly, but they still taste great. I also like to saute' some mushrooms (drain them before adding to mixture) to this tart. This recipe features leeks, and after all the fuss referenced above, I wanted to use up some more leeks.</p> <p><em>Have you discovered any new and exciting ways to prepare potatoes? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-exciting-new-potato-recipes-you-must-try">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day">17 Ways to Serve Potatoes on St. Patrick&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ghetto-mac-yours-for-1">The GHETTO MAC - yours for $1.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap eats potato recipes potatoes Wed, 21 May 2014 08:36:24 +0000 Marla Walters 1139951 at http://www.wisebread.com End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-5236685-small.jpg" alt="potatoes" title="potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's easy to forget the health benefits of the potato. The humble tuber has acquired a bad rap over the past decade, and it's high time for a tater comeback.</p> <p>What was once a beloved vegetable &mdash; a staple of family dinners, practically required at holiday meals, and even turned into a series of adorable children's toys &mdash; suddenly became the black sheep of the vegetable arena. Which is a shame, because potatoes are actually one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, and you should eat more of them. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a>)</p> <h2>60 Days of Hot Spuds</h2> <p>In 2010, one man was determined to restore the reputation of the potato. Chris Voigt, Executive Director of the Washington State Potato Commission, ate nothing but potatoes for <a href="http://www.livescience.com/10163-man-eating-potatoes-2-months.html">two months</a>. The results were incredible &mdash; Voigt lowered his cholesterol, blood pressure, and lost 21 pounds.</p> <p><a href="http://20potatoesaday.com">Stats</a> before and after the challenge:</p> <ul> <li>Beginning weight: 197</li> <li>Beginning blood glucose: 104</li> <li>Beginning cholesterol: 214</li> <li>Beginning triglycerides: 135</li> <li>60 day weight: 176</li> <li>60 day blood glucose: 94</li> <li>60 day cholesterol: 147</li> <li>60 day triglycerides: 75</li> </ul> <p>To further demonstrate the merits of the noble potato, below are 10 reasons to eat potatoes with relish (pun intended) and without guilt.</p> <h2>1. Don't Judge a Food by Its Color</h2> <p>Remember when potatoes were vilified and placed on the dreaded &quot;white foods&quot; list?</p> <p>A lot of the &quot;don't eat white foods&quot; hyperbole is a bit of an overreaction. White vegetables are good for you, and potatoes are a shining example.</p> <p>In May 2013, <em>Advances in Nutrition</em> published &quot;<a href="http://advances.nutrition.org/content/4/3/318S.full">White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients</a>.&quot; Data showed that white vegetables (including potatoes) are indeed nutritious, and the color of a vegetable did not predict nutritional value. In fact, many white vegetables provide essential nutrients most Americans lack.</p> <h2>2. Potatoes Are Cost-Effective</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-5328428-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>If you want the most bang for your buck, potatoes offer a great ROI.</p> <p>A new study in <em>PLOS One</em> found that <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0063277">potatoes deliver an excellent nutritional value per penny</a>, second only to beans. Potatoes provide an affordable source for essential nutrients like magnesium, fiber, and Vitamins C, E, and K. And they're the most cost-effective source of potassium out of all food groups.</p> <p>So if you're broke and need cheap, nutritious food, pick up some taters. Use Chris Voigt as inspiration.</p> <h2>3. Potatoes Will Not Make You Obese or Inflamed</h2> <p>The whole &quot;potatoes will make you fat&quot; thing is a half-baked theory.</p> <p>In April 2012, the University of Washington studied the relationship between <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/fi-npr042512.php">regularly eating white potatoes and weight gain</a>. Scientists found no association between obesity, diabetes, or levels of C-reactive protein (an inflammation marker) and the amount of white potato consumption. (This contradicts older research, which failed to include important demographic factors.)</p> <p>Summary: White potatoes do not make you obese, cause Type 2 diabetes, or trigger systemic inflammation.</p> <h2>4. Nutrient Powerhouses</h2> <p>White potatoes are among the most nutritious vegetable in the world. Here's a breakdown of the nutritional value for a medium white potato, with skin:</p> <ul> <li>Around 110 calories</li> <li>Has more potassium than a banana or broccoli</li> <li>Provides 35% of the daily value of Vitamin C</li> <li>Has 10% of the daily value of B6</li> <li>Contains two grams of sugar</li> <li>Fat-free</li> <li>Sodium free</li> <li>Cholesterol-free</li> <li>A good source of fiber</li> </ul> <p>(See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-nutrients-you-need-more-of">Nutrients You Need More Of</a>)</p> <h2>5. Eating Potatoes Helps the Economy</h2> <p>The potato is the fourth most widely consumed vegetable in the world. And it's a moneymaker for U.S. farmers.</p> <p>Potatoes are the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/crops/vegetables-pulses/potatoes.aspx#.UjC_LWTF1Vc">leading crop</a> grown in the U.S. In 2010, the U.S. exported $3.8 billion worth of potatoes. Japan, China and Mexico are leading buyers of stateside spuds. Potatoes are grown in 30 U.S. states, with Idaho, Washington, and Wisconsin rounding out the top three.</p> <h2>6. Sweet and Purple Potatoes = Orbs of Awesomeness</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/food-1619989-small-ggnoads.jpg" width="605" height="303" alt="" /></p> <p>Sweet potatoes are the Warren Buffets of vegetables, the most nutrient-rich vegetable on Earth. The Center for Science in the Public Interest ranked <a href="http://www.cspinet.org/nah/10foods_bad.html">the sweet potato above all other vegetables </a>in nutritional value. Purple potatoes are chock-full of antioxidants and may help to <a href="http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2012/acs-presspac-february-1-2012/potatoes-lower-blood-pressure-in-people-with-obesity-and-hypertension-without-increasing-weight.html">lower blood pressure</a>. Plus, they look really pretty on a plate.</p> <p>If you want to experiment with a new spud, sweet and purple potatoes are good options.</p> <h2>7. Spuds Support Weight Loss</h2> <p>It turns out eating potatoes can actually help dieters drop pounds. And not just sweet potatoes &mdash; white potatoes, too.</p> <p>In a study conducted by the University of California, Davis, three groups were assigned <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/fi-ltw100810.php">diets ranging from five to seven servings of potatoes</a> per week. (So, one group was eating potatoes every day.) Subjects were closely monitored for dietary compliance. All three groups lost weight, further disproving that potatoes cause weight gain.</p> <h2>8. They Last Forever</h2> <p>Gigantic bushels of veggies from the farmer's market always seem like a great idea. Then you get home and realize that unless you rapidly eat several pounds of greens, food will go to waste.</p> <p>Not so with the potato! Potatoes last a long time if stored in a cool, dark place, about two to three weeks on average. The shelf life of potatoes works for everyone, from plan-ahead foodies to culinary procrastinators.</p> <h2>9. Taters for Tots</h2> <p><a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-04/fi-pci040811.php">Children benefit</a> from eating potatoes. In fact, it seems to encourage them to eat more veggies. New research indicates eating potatoes doesn't mean kids eat less of other vegetables. On the contrary, the study found that adding potatoes to childrens' meals led to a higher-quality diet.</p> <p>And to get this out of the way &mdash; eating a potato is not the nutritional equivalent of gulping down a soft drink. The idea stems from the glycemic index, but GI isn't an exact science. Potatoes do have a high GI (100), but chocolate cake has a GI of 38. A medium white potato contains 2 grams of sugar; a can of Coke, 39 grams. Just food for thought.</p> <h2>10. Potatoes Are Multi-Talented</h2> <p>A potato can be eaten bare, with nothing but a small pat of butter, or wearing a variety of toppings. There's also potato ice cream and potato vodka. And don't forget household projects &mdash; potatoes are used as stamps, to remove a stuck lightbulb, and more. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/potato-ideas-that-pop">Potato Ideas That Pop</a>)</p> <p>Google search results for &quot;potato recipe&quot; numbered over 62 million, so the exact number of ways to prepare potatoes is unknown. Suffice it to say, there may not be a more versatile vegetable. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day">17 Ways to Serve Potatoes</a>)</p> <p>It's time to give tubers the love and respect they deserve. Take criticism of the potato with a grain of salt&hellip;and then take that grain of salt and sprinkle it on a lovely Yukon gold.</p> <p><em>I'm sure tater haters have their own opinions on this. Potatoes are a controversial topic. What's your opinion on potatoes?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div align="center"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fend-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FEnd%20Potato%20Prejudice-%2010%20Reasons%20Why%20You%20Should%20Eat%20Potatoes.jpg&amp;description=End%20Potato%20Prejudice%3A%2010%20Reasons%20Why%20You%20Should%20Eat%20Potatoes" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <div align="center">&nbsp;</div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/End%20Potato%20Prejudice-%2010%20Reasons%20Why%20You%20Should%20Eat%20Potatoes.jpg" alt="End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/erin-c-oneil">Erin C. O&#039;Neil</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-and-worst-nuts-by-nutrition-and-price">The Best and Worst Nuts, by Nutrition and Price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-foods-you-can-turn-into-chips">10 Surprising Foods You Can Turn Into Chips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes">45 Special Sweet Potato Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink healthy eating nutrition potato potatoes vegetables Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:24:04 +0000 Erin C. O'Neil 987838 at http://www.wisebread.com 17 Ways to Serve Potatoes on St. Patrick's Day http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/potatoes.jpg" alt="Hands holding potatoes" title="Hands holding potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Boiled, baked or fried, I love a good potato. The Irish have myriad ways of preparing the revered root, but you don&rsquo;t have to hail from the Emerald Isle to enjoy these carb-packed treats. From mainstays served across the pond to Americanized versions of the starchy snacks, here are 17 ways to stuff your face with tubers on St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a>)</p> <h3>1. Bangers &amp; Mash</h3> <p>There are a million-and-one ways to mash potatoes. But this recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cooking-live/bangers-and-mash-recipe/index.html">bangers and mash</a> &mdash; one of the most popular dishes to come from the United Kingdom &mdash; calls for cream, butter, crème fraiche, and mustard (yes, mustard). It&rsquo;s served with Cumberland sausage, a pork coil that originated in Cumberland, England, though readily available Italian sausage will suffice. Top it all off with a decadent onion gravy.</p> <h3>2. Rosemary Au Gratin Potatoes</h3> <p>Also known as scalloped potatoes in the United States, potatoes au gratin refers to the brown crust that forms on top of this dish, in this case due to grated Parmesan cheese. With the additions of rosemary and garlic, this <a href="http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/rosemary-au-gratin-potatoes/Detail.aspx">rosemary au gratin potatoes recipe</a> can be served as a side dish or the main course.</p> <h3>3. Mustard-Roasted Potatoes</h3> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/mustard-roasted-potatoes/">mustard-roasted potatoes</a> uses two kinds of spuds &mdash; red- and white-skinned &mdash; and a heaping helping of whole-grain Dijon. If the sound of that doesn&rsquo;t make your mouth water, the photo of the finished product will.</p> <h3>4. Loaded Baked Potato</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s no reason you should need a recipe for this weight-watchers nightmare &mdash; unless you&rsquo;re looking for a <a href="http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&amp;recipe_id=10000000223049">healthier alternative</a>. But if you want to indulge like I do, all you have to do is <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/good-eats/the-baked-potato-recipe/index.html">bake your potatoes</a>, then stuff them with your favorite ingredients like butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and scallions. Because sometimes you&rsquo;ve just got to live a little.</p> <h3>5. Twice-Baked Potatoes</h3> <p>Whoever thought of this hybrid dish that&rsquo;s part baked and part mashed deserves a culinary award. I&rsquo;ve never met a <a href="http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/ultimate-twice-baked-potatoes/Detail.aspx">twice-baked potato recipe</a> I didn&rsquo;t like, and this one is no exception.</p> <h3>6. Homemade Chesapeake Bay Potato Chips</h3> <p>Yeah, you can buy a bag of chips for as much as it costs to make them at home, but where&rsquo;s the fun in that? When you&rsquo;ve pulled your potatoes out of the fryer using this recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/homemade-potato-chips-recipe/index.html">homemade crisps</a>, sprinkle them with Old Bay Seasoning. That&rsquo;s the way they do it in Baltimore, and I agree.</p> <h3>7. Potato Pancakes</h3> <p>My Hebrew friends call these latkes, but to non-Jews they&rsquo;re just potato pancakes. If you like onions, you'll like this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Crispy-Traditional-Potato-Pancakes-40006">potato pancake recipe</a>. It calls for one regular onion and chopped scallions. Green goes well with everything on March 17.</p> <h3>8. Potato Salad</h3> <p>Everybody has a favorite potato salad recipe. Some are better than others, but probably not these. Check out the five semifinalists&rsquo; recipes from Emeril&rsquo;s <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Recipes/story?id=5535807&amp;page=1">Best Potato Salad Ever Challenge</a> and decide for yourself. My money&rsquo;s on the BLT version.</p> <h3>9. Potato Soup</h3> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/351/Americas_Best_Baked_Potato_Soup37841.shtml">America&rsquo;s Best Baked Potato Soup</a> &mdash; the reviews seem to confirm that status &mdash; includes many ingredients you know and love with the added essence of fresh herbs and a kick of hot sauce. Best of all, you probably have everything you need to make it tonight sitting in your kitchen.</p> <h3>10. Beer-Battered French Fries</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Homemade French fries are one thing; batter-dipped seasoned fries are another. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/homemade-crispy-seasoned-french-fries/Detail.aspx">French fry recipe</a> wants you to slice russet potatoes and coat them with a mixture of flour, garlic and onion salts, and paprika. Turn it up a notch by replacing the water with beer. Call me when they&rsquo;re ready.</p> <h3>11. Irish Potato Puffs</h3> <p>We fry Oreos and Twinkies, so deep-fried mashed potatoes balls shouldn&rsquo;t be a stretch. That&rsquo;s basically what this <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Fried-Mashed-Potato-Balls">fried mashed potato balls recipe</a> (also called potato puffs) consists of. Thank God for the Irish.</p> <h3>12. Purple Majesty Fork-Crushed Potatoes</h3> <p>I&rsquo;ve never heard of this type of potato, but <em>New York Magazine</em> says that chef <a href="http://nymag.com/restaurants/recipes/inseason/29408/">Michael Anthony&rsquo;s smashed rendition</a> are worth a try. If you can&rsquo;t get to NYC&rsquo;s Gramercy Tavern to place your order, try your luck with this colorful culinary concoction at home.</p> <h3>13. Blackened Potatoes</h3> <p>A blackened dish generally means that Cajun spices are involved, but these potatoes get their &ldquo;blackness&rdquo; from balsamic vinegar and red wine. This <a href="http://www.tinnedtomatoes.com/2008/06/jamies-blackened-potatoes.html">blackened potatoes recipe</a>&nbsp;is originally from Jamie Oliver, and The Naked Chef seldom disappoints.</p> <h3>14. Potato Candy</h3> <p>When a Facebook friend mentioned a potato confection, I didn&rsquo;t believe her &mdash; until I did some research. Sure enough, a recipe exists for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,176,135181-254199,00.html">potato candy</a>, which combines mashed potatoes, powdered sugar, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe">peanut butter</a>. I&rsquo;m still not sold on the idea, so proceed at your own risk.</p> <h3>15. Blue Potato Strudel</h3> <p>Not down with purple potatoes? Maybe this recipe that has <a href="http://www.emilyskinner.com/food/potatoes.html">blue potatoes stuffed in phyllo dough with ricotta cheese, onion, and chives</a>&nbsp;will strike your fancy. The potato-filled puffed pastry is baked until crisp and golden and served with a brown butter herb sauce drizzled on top.</p> <h3>16. Potato-Fennel Gratin with Gruyere Cheese</h3> <p>Ina Garten &mdash; who&rsquo;s the totally huggable aunt I never had &mdash; offers this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/potato-fennel-gratin-recipe/index.html">gratin recipe</a> for thinly sliced potatoes married with sautéed fennel and earthy Gruyere. A different, decidedly more delicious take on run-of-the-mill scalloped spuds.</p> <h3>17. Boiled Potatoes</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s no wrong way to dress up boiled potatoes, proven by these <a href="http://hubpages.com/hub/10-Boiled-Potato-Recipes-10-Easy-Variations-for-Tasty-Meals">10 boiled potato recipes</a> that easily enhance an otherwise dull dish. My favorite has to be the variation that adds fresh dill, butter, and salt to taste. Simple, fresh, fantastic.</p> <p><em>How do you serve spuds in your house? What are your favorite potato recipes? Let me know in the comments section below. The weirder, the better. Happy St. Patrick&rsquo;s Day!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-exciting-new-potato-recipes-you-must-try">25 Exciting New Potato Recipes You Must Try</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes potato recipes potatoes St. Patrick's Day Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:00:17 +0000 Mikey Rox 505365 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 “Secret” Ingredients for More Delicious Dishes http://www.wisebread.com/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/baby cry.jpg" alt="Add coke to recipes" title="Add coke to recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="179" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stocking a pantry can involve using a template list for keeping what you need on hand. Flour, sugar, and butter &mdash; we&rsquo;re all aware of their purpose. It's possible that you may want to deviate from your standard checklist of shopping items, however. Check out these four uniquely affordable ingredients that can covertly jazz up your dishes for mere pennies!</p> <h2>Cola</h2> <p>We don&rsquo;t drink soda at our house, and when I do indulge, I prefer the diet variety. I can&rsquo;t deny, however, that my favorite childhood food memory involves my mom slow-cooking a pork roast in a pot of cola for hours. (There&rsquo;s no way to describe how delicious the flavor is.) To get a handful of practical recipes for using this recession-proof product, visit <a href="http://www.allyou.com/your-home/recipes/cola-cake-recipe-0002135/index.html">All You Magazine&rsquo;s collection of dishes</a>. (It includes Cola Cake, Cola Baked Beans, and a Cola-Glazed Ham!)</p> <h2>Applesauce</h2> <p>It&rsquo;s yummy as an afterschool snack, but how many adults actually incorporate it into their diet? With a simple switch-out of all the oil in a cake recipe with applesauce, you can add flavor and moisture, while cutting some of the fat. (This wonderful <a href="http://community.thenest.com/cs/ks/blogs/dinner/archive/2007/10/30/how-to-substitute-applesauce-for-oil-or-butter.aspx">tutorial from The Nest</a> tells you exactly how to do it &mdash; and when it&rsquo;s best to leave the recipe as is.)</p> <p>If you happen to hit a big applesauce sale (or have access to bulk cans designed for institutional purposes), you can also use applesauce in pancakes, muffins, and sauces. If you plan on using the applesauce for eating alone, you can also try your hand at DIY applesauce with this super-easy <a href="http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/09/crockpot-applesauce-recipe.html">crock pot method</a>.</p> <h2>Dried Potato Flakes</h2> <p>I&rsquo;ve already listed several ways to use this very affordable ingredient. If you have access to the large bulk-bags offered by warehouse stores and co-ops, you can use them in several dishes a week! Common uses include:</p> <ul> <li>give cream soups their &ldquo;creamy&rdquo; characteristics (without all the fat of real cream)</li> <li>thickener for gravies</li> <li>added to crumbs for frying and making meatballs and meatloaves</li> <li>in potato breads (the bread machine loaves these!)</li> </ul> <h2>Beer</h2> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t like the taste of beer for drinking, there is an entire world of cooking and baking that includes the ingredient (and it is pretty fabulous!). In addition to soups, batters, and marinades, even the cheapest version can give a unique flavor to breads and appetizers. (I&rsquo;m going to try out this <a href="http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv261.htm">Stuffed Squash Blossom recipe</a> as soon as summer hits &mdash; I&rsquo;m a huge fan of <a href="http://wisebread.com/edible-flowers-make-cheap-food-beautiful-again">cooking blossoms</a>.) For many high-quality dishes for beer, I recommend <a href="http://www.beer100.com/cooking/index.html">Beer100.com&rsquo;s recipe page</a>.</p> <p>There are many more amazing substitutions and creative additions that can be made to your everyday cooking (and they don&rsquo;t have to be cost a lot). For additional reading, I suggest:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/12-affordable-ingredients-that-add-gourmet-flair-to-any-meal">12 Affordable Ingredients that Add Gourmet Flair to any Meal</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/making-the-most-of-imitation-crab-meat">Making the Most of Imitation Crab Meat</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/cooking-with-canned-pumpkin-fresh-ideas-for-a-frugal-super-food">Cooking with Canned Pumpkin</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/8-spectacular-uses-for-that-lone-can-of-fruit">8 Spectacular Uses for that Lone Can of Fruit</a></li> <li><a href="http://wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-leftover-halloween-candy">10 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy</a> (These ideas work great for all that Valentine loot, too!)</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-secret-ingredients-for-more-delicious-dishes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-home-canned-foods-that-beat-store-bought">5 Home Canned Foods That Beat Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-tater-tot-recipes">10 Delicious Tater Tot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink applesauce beer cola potatoes recipes Wed, 18 Feb 2009 03:27:10 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2850 at http://www.wisebread.com