Russian salad from Ellie Krieger

2 med red/waxy potatoes, well scrubbed (about 12 ounces total)
2 med carrots, peeled and cut crosswise in half (about 7 ounces total)
2 med beets, scrubbed well (about 10 ½ ounces; see headnote)
1 cup canned white beans, such as navy or cannellini, drained and rinsed
½ cup sauerkraut, drained
⅓ cup diced dill pickles
½ cup chopped red onion
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 ½ tablespoons distilled white vinegar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons fresh dill sprigs, for garnish

Place the potatoes and carrots in a deep saucepan and the beets in a separate deep saucepan. Add cold water to cover each by about an inch and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the vegetables can be pierced with a skewer or paring knife. (They are best cooked until slightly underdone since they will continue to cook as they cool.) Remove the carrots with a slotted spoon after about 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and beets once they are done, about 25 minutes for the potatoes and 45 minutes for the beets. Refrigerate until cool.

Use your fingers and/or a paring knife to remove the peel from the beets, then cut the vegetable into ½ -inch dice. Peel and dice the potatoes the same way. Dice the carrots. Combine the potatoes and carrots, plus the beans, sauerkraut, pickles, onion, oil, vinegar and salt in a large bowl and toss to incorporate. Gently fold in the beets.

To serve, garnish each portion with dill sprigs.

Mashed Potato Salad With Scallions and Herbs from Melissa Clark

  • 2 pound red potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more lemon juice for serving
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, more pen
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • Dash or two of hot sauce
  • cup extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise, sour cream or crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp Dijon or whole-grain mustard
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions (white and green parts)
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped basil or dill
  1. Cook the potatoes in a pot of well-salted water until they are very tender but not mushy, 15 to 22 minutes. Drain well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, rosemary, salt, pepper and hot sauce. When the salt is dissolved, whisk in the olive oil, mayonnaise and mustard.
  3. Add potatoes to the bowl and mix them very well, until well coated with dressing. Then use the spoon to mash about a quarter of them. You want 1-inch (or so) chunks of potatoes coated in some mashed potatoes. Add scallions and parsley and toss well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice, hot sauce and olive oil, if needed. Scatter chopped basil or dill over dressed potatoes. Serve warm or at room temperature, but not cold.

Veggie Pot Pie from 12tomatoes.com

  • 1 sheet frozen, store-bought puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup potato, diced
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard seed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. Bring a large pot of cold, salted water to boil and cook potatoes for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside..
  3. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and saute carrots and onion until tender. 8-10 minutes.
  4. During the last 1-2 minutes of cooking, add drained potatoes and garlic and cook until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper, thyme and oregano.
  5. Transfer vegetables to a separate bowl.
  6. Melt butter in the Dutch oven and stir in flour to create a roux. Whisk continuously to remove lumps and cook for 2 minutes to cook flour.
  7. Once smooth, whisk in vegetable broth and heavy cream and cook for 5-10 minutes, or until mixture thickens.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and ground mustard seed.
  9. Return vegetables to Dutch oven and stir to make sure everything is evenly coated.
  10. Take thawed puff pastry sheet, unfold it and gently press it into a large baking dish, making sure it comes up at least a little on all sides.
  11. Pour vegetables into puff pastry crust, place baking dish in oven and cook for 20 minutes, or until set and bubbly.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Pizzoccheri Gratin from Jonathon Sawyer

original-201212-r-pizzoccheri-gratin.jpgIn Northern Italy, pizzoccheri are short, flat buckwheat noodles cooked with cabbage and potatoes and layered with cheese.You may need to use fresh lasagna sheets cut into noodles (buckwheat noodles can be hard to find) and bake them in a gratin dish with a crispy bread crumb topping.

Step 1 Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small skillet, melt 6 tablespoons of the butter with the sage, poppy seeds and caraway seeds and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until nutty and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Step 2  Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potato and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potato to a bowl. Add the pasta to the pot and cook, stirring, until al dente, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pasta to a colander. Add the cabbage to the pot and cook until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain the cabbage and shake out the excess water. Pour off the water and return the cabbage to the pot, along with the pasta and potato. Add the browned butter, season with salt and pepper and toss well. Stir in 1 cup of the Fontina and half of the Parmigiano and transfer the mixture to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

Step 3  In the small skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the bread crumbs and parsley and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden and toasted, 3 minutes. Stir in the remaining Fontina and Parmigiano and sprinkle over the pasta. Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown on top. Serve hot.  Serves : 8

Make Ahead

The unbaked gratin can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking.

Poached Cod in Tomato Broth from martha

  • 3 cups veggie or fish broth
  • 1/2 medium red onion, very thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise, divided
  • 8 ounces fingerling potatoes, sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 3 sprigs basil, plus fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 skinless cod fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 4 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, plus 4 lemon wedges, for serving
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  1. Bring broth, onion, 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, potatoes, basil sprigs, red-pepper flakes, and 2 teaspoons salt to a boil in a large, deep, straight-sided skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Season cod with salt and pepper, add to broth mixture, and cover. Simmer until fish is opaque throughout and just cooked through, about 7 minutes.

  2. Remove and discard basil sprigs. Add sugar snaps, remaining 1/2 cup tomatoes, and lemon juice to skillet, gently stirring to combine; cook just until warmed through. Divide fish, vegetables, and broth among 4 bowls. Garnish with basil leaves, drizzle with oil, and serve with lemon wedges for squeezing.

 

cooking potatoes

When boiled or parboiled potatoes are required I now substitute microwaving for boiling.
Potatoes are not peeled just scrubbed and dried then processed as required.
For roast potatoes around 5 minutes, allow to cool, after which skin should peel off early. Cut to size, place in an oiled dish, and roast as usual. Reslt is the best I have ever had.
For smashed potatoes 6-8 minutes then placed on a board and flattened using a folded tea towel. Season, oil, and roast as usual.
Mashed potatoes take around 8 minutes then left to cool and skin peeled off. Once peeled they are re-heated in the microwave for 1-2 minues after which I mash them in my mixer with butter, milk, salt, and pepper.
Times wll vary according to microwave, those work for me and there is no risk of scalding
Best Regards
Tom Mc Rae
Brisbane Australia

Cauliflower Curry Samosas

SAMOSA DOUGH:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • canola oil (for frying)
CAULIFLOWER FILLING :
  • 1 medium Yukon gold potato (peeled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups small cauliflower florets (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup roasted, salted cashews (roughly chopped)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
MINT YOGURT SAUCE :
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mint (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the Samosa Dough: In a large bowl sift together the flour and salt. Add the oil and gently rub into the flour mixture until flaky dough starts to form and the oil is completely coated in the flour mixture. Begin adding the water and mix to combine until a stiff dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes until the dough is shiny and elastic but not wet and sticky.
  • Cover with plastic and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls. Roll each ball of dough out into a 6-inch circle then cut in half. Brush the straight edge with water, fold it in half, and align the two straight sides so they overlap to form a cone shape. Pinch the edges together to make a tight seal. Place some of the filling inside each cone, leaving the top edge clean. Moisten the inside top rim of the cone and press the edges together to make another tight seal. Place the samosas on a tray until ready to fry. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  • In a large Dutch oven, heat the frying oil to 360ºF. Line a plate or baking sheet with paper towels. Place the samosas in the Dutch oven and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
  • For the Cauliflower Filling: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, boil the potatoes until just tender, about 10-12 minutes. When cooled, cut the potatoes into a small dice and set aside.
  • Preheat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the cauliflower and curry. Allow to cook until softened and lightly golden, about 5-6 minutes. Add the potato and cayenne and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the golden raisins and coconut milk, stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add the cashews, season with salt and pepper, and remove from the heat. Allow to cool to room temperature before filling.
  • For the Mint Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl add the yogurt and mint and whisk to combine. Add the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and serve with samosas.
  • Tips: 1. Make the samosa filling and dough the day before to reduce prep time. Bring the dough to room temperature before assembling the samosas. Dough will keep in the fridge for 1 week.
  • 2. To toast the curry powder, place in a dry pan over medium-low heat until aromatic, about 2-3 minutes.

Zuppa Toscana

1 1/4 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 large onion, diced
5 (13.75 ounce) cans veggie  broth

  1. Cook the sausage and red pepper flakes in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until crumbly, browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2.  Stir in the onions and garlic; cook until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the broth into the Dutch oven with the bacon and onion mixture; bring to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes, and boil until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the heavy cream and the cooked sausage; heat through. Mix the spinach into the soup just before serving.

Baked garlic parmesan potoato wedges

  • 3-4 large russet potatoes cut into wedges
  • 4 tbsp obaked-parmesan-potato-wedges-5live oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • ½ c shreddded parm
  • OPTIONAL: FRESH PARSLEY (OR CILANTRO), RANCH OR BLUE CHEESE DRESSING FOR DIPPING
  1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 375. LIGHTLY GREASE A LARGE BAKING SHEET AND SET ASIDE.
  2. PLACE POTATO WEDGES IN A LARGE BOWL. DRIZZLE WITH OLIVE OIL AND TOSS TO COAT. IN A SMALL BOWL WHISK TOGETHER SALT, GARLIC POWDER, AND ITALIAN SEASONING. SPRINKLE POTATO WEDGES WITH THE SHREDDED CHEESE, TOSSING TO COAT, THEN SPRINKLE WITH THE SEASONING MIXTURE.
  3. PLACE POTATO WEDGES ON PREPARED BAKING SHEET IN A SINGLE LAYER WITH SKIN-SIDES-DOWN. BAKE FOR 25-35 MINUTES UNTIL POTATOES ARE FORK-TENDER AND