Monday, November 7, 2011

Ode to the Spud

Ode to the spud, don't you just love potatoes tasty healthy rich in vitamin C no fat and a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Poor things they have had a bad reputation and often omitted in diets but its how they are prepared that increased calories. I recently made hasselback potatoes and I learnt from Angie of Angies recipes that they are known as “accordion potatoes”,  and were named after the Hasselbacken Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden that first introduced them in the 1700s. Angie featured an amazing recipe with a gorgonzola sauce. I served mine with pork chops in a mushroom gravy. Easy to make and lovely and crispy on the outside soft in the middle hubby also loved them and he is from a family of rice eaters . Someone from the chow and chatter facebook page even adapted the potatoes she was cooking that day to make them after I posted a picture and loved them as well.

  • any desired amount of potatoes
  • sea salt to taste 
  • pepper to taste 
  • Italian herbs about a tablespoon
  • olive oil
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic 
  1. slice the potatoes using a spoon handle be careful not to cut through them, I did this with a couple :-)
  2. coat with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and herbs
  3. bake at 400 for about an hour 

I was just reading a fascinating article today about how the potato changed the world heres the link:

and a wonderful clip about the Potato museum 

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  1. There is nothing more delicious than a spud :) Early in my blogging days, I did an 'Ode to a Tuber' series, the first of which was the beautiful hasselback potato.

    We love our spuds!

  2. I love the way you cut the potatoes. Looks so cool and I bet it does double duty with letting the oil and herbs seep in!

  3. Yum! Love the look of that potato!

  4. Luv this Potato Spud.Luks deliciously sliced and done with herbs.Can fee the taste of it Dear.Wowww!.Luv it

  5. This is my husband favorite food on earth :)

  6. I am a very big fan of spuds. They are so delicious, healthy and versatile.

    Your Hasselback potatoes look amazing!



  7. You can do so much with w the humble potato...but I love how you blended music and food here. My two fav combos.

  8. Love potatoes too, these look delicious does the cutting make them more crisp. I'm thinking the kids would love these too and the story behind them (their grandmother is Swedish).

  9. so a spoon handle is really sharp enough to cut through raw potatoes? i never would have guessed that. these look super fancy, yet are so simple. i can't wait to try making them. i LOVE roasted potatoes!

  10. Grateful that you added the video on the potato museum..they grow in the desert too?!

    Thanks for the comment on my blog, I really needed to hear that!

    Make it a great day ;)

  11. I'm posting Ina Garten's recipe for those fanned potatoes next week. We loved them!
    Loving you Facebook photos!
    Big hug to you, Rebecca!

  12. So cute your potato spud...never done this way and will definitely give this a try.
    Hope you are having a nice week Rebecca :-)

  13. MMMM,..What a terrefic dinner! Indeed, those potatoes of Angie are winners!

    A ovely meal best enjoyed with loved ones!

  14. Beautiful potatoes,Rebecca!Nice side dish for the holidays!

  15. There is nothing as basic and as wonderful as a spud. It has saved many a population from starvation and graces all tables - looks grand. Tastes grander.

  16. Yum! I bet those would be really great with sweet potatoes as well :)

  17. i love potatoes too! there are so many things you can do with them! love this!

  18. Susan oh thats neat :-) Krish oh yeah sure did
    Yummychunklet :-)
    my kitchen flavors thanks
    mothers secret recipes :-)
    sangeeta your hubby has good taste
    shirley :-)
    Rosa so agree
    Adrian :-) thanks
    Lauren oh its your heritage then how cool
    kristi opps maybe I am not a good writer didnt cut with spoon just used to hold spud
    sandi loved that clip learnt so much and i meant it
    Barbara great to know u
    Juliana you too
    Sophie huge fan of Angies blog
    erica oh great idea
    claudia amazing history
    victoria wow what a great idea
    teresa ;-0

  19. Spuds really get a bad rep but they are so delicious and can definitely be part of a balanced diet. I love them accordian-style!

  20. I LOVE Angie! She was one of the first bloggers I began to read when blogging myself. Fell in love with her Pistachio Bacon cookies (yum).

    I'm so glad to learn more about these potatoes. I had not seen them until this past year and have been intrigued seeing them often on Foodgawker. Glad to have the 'scoop'!

  21. :-)) Thanks, Rebecca for the shout-out! I love yours even more with porkchop and mushroom gravy! Thanks again,

  22. I have to tell you potatoes are part of our heritage; a day without the potatoes makes my husband very sad. Great post Rebecca.

  23. my comfort food ~ potatoes.... baked, boil, mash or even fried... nom nom nom :D

  24. Oh I love, love love potatoes, and this looks delicious! I can't believe I never knew you could bake potatoes this way. WIll be making these soon for sure!

  25. Joanne so agree
    boulder locavore :-) Angie rocks
    Angie no thanks for being awesome
    Rita so happy you enjoyed it
    Lisa :-)
    EA you will love em

  26. My parents frequently made barbecued potatoes like this. They were wrapped in foil with slivers of onion interspersed between the potato slices. It's been years since I have had them this way. I know what I'm making with my next batch of potatoes!

  27. What a lovely meal all round! I do adore potatoes and agree they have gotten a bad rep due to high calorie and heavy oil preparations but they are an amazing addition to any meal! In fact sometimes my main meal :) Yours are beautiful and very tasty...

  28. When I first read 'accordion potatoes' I thought to myself, 'Hasselback potatoes' - guess it should be just the opposite huh? I've made them, I love them!



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