How I like my potatoes…
2 medium/large potatoes
1 medium onion, diced
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
100 g cheese, grated
2 tbsp olive oil or 1 tbsp butter
Fresh spring onions, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Scrub potatoes, pierce them with a fork and put them in the oven rack for 30-40 minutes until soft. In a large frying pan heat oil or butter over medium high heat. Sauté the onion with garlic for about 5 minutes until soft.
When the potatoes are cool enough to handle cut potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop the interior out of each leaving about 1/4 inch shell of potato flesh and skin. Add the scooped-out potato flesh, grated cheese, salt and pepper into the pan and stir well to combine. Place the potato shells on the baking sheet and fill them with the mixture. Press the mixture with a spoon so a hole is formed to make space for the eggs. Sprinkle spring onions on top and crack an egg on top of each stuffed potato.
4 cups mashed potatoes (I steam them)
2 tbsp cream, 2 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt, ½ tsp garlic powder (available at Agora, Lavender etc.)
½ tsp onion powder(available at Agora, Lavender, etc.)
Pepper to taste, 3 eggs + 2 yolks
3 tbsp flour, 1½ cups breadcrumbs
Kissan cheese, cut into 12 pieces, 3-4 cups oil
1 cup pasta sauce (available in super shops)
Mix potatoes with cream, butter, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, 2 egg yolks and flour. At this point refrigerate for 1 hour to harden the mixture.
Roll potato mixture into round 12 long cylinders and place a piece of cheese in the centre by molding the potato around it. Refrigerate again for 15 minutes. Lightly beat remaining eggs in a bowl and place breadcrumbs in a second bowl. Dip each cylinder in eggs and then breadcrumbs.
Pour oil into a deep heavy pot. Check by using the handle end of a wooden spoon. It will bubble around the handle when it hits about 350 degrees. Carefully place 2 potato croquettes at a time into oil and fry until deeply golden. Be careful not to crowd foods when frying.
Immediately remove, drain on a paper towel and season with salt. Can be kept warm in a 325 degree oven until all croquettes are ready. Serve hot with pasta sauce.
1 cup warm water, 2¼ tsp instant yeast
4 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1 medium potato, 1 stick salted butter (at room temperature), ¼ cup sugar, 1½ tsp salt, 1 tsp mustard powder
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided (available in Agora)
2 tbsp melted butter
In a medium bowl, combine the water, yeast, and 1½ cups (6.75 ounces) of the flour and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size with large bubbles on the surface, 20 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, prick the potato all over with a fork. Microwave until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then peel the potato and grate on the large holes of a box grater. Combine the butter, sugar, salt and mustard powder in a stand mixer. Beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and grated potato until combined, then beat in the yeast mixture and 1½ cups cheddar until incorporated. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually beat in the remaining 2½ cups flour until the dough starts coming together in a soft, sticky ball. Shape into a loose ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1½ hours.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 24 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, dusting with flour as needed, and arrange in the baking dish so they are slightly touching.
At this point the shaped rolls can be covered and refrigerated overnight, let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or until puffy. If already at room temperature, let rise for about 30 minutes, or until puffy.
Brush with butter a sheet of foil and loosely cover the rolls, oiled-side down. Bake until just firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. Uncover, brush with the 2 tablespoons melted butter and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar. Continue baking, uncovered, until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese is melted, about 20 more minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes before serving.
Another make-ahead option: Parbake, covered, for 30 minutes, then let cool and refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature, brush with the butter and bake, uncovered, 40 minutes, sprinkling with ½ cup cheddar during the last 15 minutes.
Browned butter mash
5 pounds red potatoes, chopped into equal size pieces, 1/3 cup milk (more as needed), ½ cup sour cream or heavy cream, 1½ tsp salt, ¾ tsp pepper, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 1½ tsp onion powder (or just used onion paste)
2-3 tbsp dried parsley, (found in super shops), 1/3 cup Parmesan, grated (found in super shops), 1 to 5 tsp horseradish sauce (taste it! It's available at Unimart; optional)
¾ cup (1½ sticks) butter
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Scrub the potatoes clean and chop them. The smaller they are, the faster they will boil. I do mine in about 1-2 inch pieces. Add the potatoes to the pot and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 20-35 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes.
When they are fork-tender, drain the water and return the potatoes to the pot, or to a large bowl. Add the milk, cream, salt, pepper, minced garlic, onion powder, parsley, and Parmesan. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or with a hand mixer. Add some horseradish sauce and mix it in. Taste it to see if you want more. (optional)
Add the butter to a pot or pan. Turn the heat to medium. Cook, stirring every 1-2 minutes with a wooden spoon. After a couple minutes, the butter will start to foam. Keep watching it. Eventually the butter will turn brown and you will see tiny brown specks. The smell will turn nutty. You might not be able to see the colour under the foam very well, which is part of the reason you need to stir. Once browned, it is done. Pour it into a bowl to stop the cooking process.
At this point you can either add all the butter to the potatoes and mix it in, or let people spoon it over each serving. I prefer the latter. Because how often do you get to drizzle butter.