Looking for a little comfort food now that the weather is turning cooler? Potatoes are one of the classic comfort food, and the potato is an economical and nutrient dense food (meaning it provides a good nutritional return for the amount of calories it contains). Potatoes actually do contain more than 20% of the recommended daily value of the calming substance tryptophan (so they really ARE comfort food).
Potatoes are basically fat-free and one single potato contains about 1/3 of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium. Significant amounts of iron, magnesium, folic acid, and copper can be found in a potato, along with the essential trace elements manganese, chromium, selenium and molybdenum. Potatoes contain a small amount of high-quality vegetable protein, making them an inexpensive supplemental protein source, and one potato has about 19% of your daily desired amount of dietary fiber. All this nutrition costs only pennies per serving, and the potato is very versatile, so you can create a dish to suit any meal or any occasion with potatoes.
Area farm markets currently abound with organically grown potatoes. Pick up some nice gold potatoes and some scallions and try the following recipe. It’s quick, easy, delicious and looks impressive enough to serve to guests.
Creamy whipped potatoes with scallions
- 3# Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 2" cubes
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3 scallions, chopped
Put the potatoes and garlic in a pot with enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for twenty minutes or until tender. Drain.
With a blender, beat the potatoes and garlic until smooth, then add the half-and-half and butter and beat until fluffy. Stir in the scallions and serve!
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