Jan asked for a “healthier” shepherd’s pie for dinner on a weeknight. By “healthier” she meant no lamb or beef and no white potatoes. I decided to use ground turkey as my meat and—since I still wanted a Russet potato topping—I would make a fifty-fifty topping with sweet potatoes.
Category Archives: Potatoes
Adapted from a Mario Batali recipe
I am making a Spanish tapas dinner for this Sunday. Tortilla Española is a traditional Spanish tapas. In simple recipes, with only a few ingredients, technique can be all. It is important to precook the potatoes and onions before adding the eggs. With Jan’s dietary restrictions, I have reduced the amount of oil and eggs. This is a tapas that you may make ahead and serve cold.
When I make my Sunday meals, I usually make enough for one to three leftover meals. Sometimes this means just the same meal again. Other times I use whatever is left over as the basis for a new dish.
This is more of a California Fusion revamp of the original, rather than a traditional colcannon. Potatoes are the staple of the traditional Irish diet and colcannon was, most likely, mostly potatoes with a little bit of vegetable added in—usually cabbage. Jan is always pushing me to add more high fiber vegetables and to cut back on the simple starches—i.e. potatoes—so mine is now about a 50/50 ratio of potato to veg. I also doubt that chicken broth or garlic were readily available in a humble traditional Irish cottage.
I am making a Southern-ish buttermilk roast chicken, this kind of main dish calls for a sweet potato side. I could have done just a simple roast potato, but I decided spice up a mash. The question is, of course, what spices? Today, I chose ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg.
The kids are gone for the weekend, so Sunday dinner is just Jan, Eilene and myself. I decided to make a roasted chicken and I wanted to do something different than roasted sweet potatoes or a simple mash to go with it. I thought that a savory, crust-less, sweet potato pie would fit the bill as a starchy side dish.