Patty’s Potato Salad

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“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” –Longfellow

I LOVE THIS SALAD.  I don’t what the magical combination is in this salad but it’s a favorite.  I got this recipe from a sweet little lady named Patty, who lived next door to my friends, the Bernhisels, a long time ago.  She brought this wonderful potato salad to their annual neighborhood Christmas party every year and I just thought it was the best potato salad I’d ever tasted.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Idaho potatoes oiled, cooled, peeled and diced
  • 12 boiled eggs
  • 2 green peppers chopped
  • 1 bunch celery chopped fine
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 12 small radishes

Mix with Kraft Miracle Whip (use about 3/4ths of the jar).  Salt and pepper to taste.

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head garlic
  • 1 tbls olive oil
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 4 tbls butter, softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle garlic with olive oil, then wrap in aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Boil potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool and chop. Stir in butter, milk, salt and pepper. Remove the garlic from the oven, and cut in half. Squeeze the softened cloves into the potatoes. Blend into potatoes and continue “smashing” mixture until desired consistency is achieved. Note: Minced garlic purchased at the store may be substituted in this recipe, but the roasted garlic gives the potatoes that extra good flavor.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

This is another favorite mashed potato recipe of mine and it’s one you can make a day ahead of time.  From The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

5 lbs Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes

1 ½ sticks (3/4 cup) butter

1 8-oz pkg (softened) Philadelphia Cream Cheese

½ to ¾ cup Half & Half (optional)

½ to 1 tsp. Lawry’s seasoning salt

½ to 1 tsp. black pepper

Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 30-35 min­utes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost–but not totally–fall apart.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off the stove and add 1 1/2 sticks of butter, 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese and about 1/2 Cup of Half & Half. Mash, mash, mash! Next, add about 1/2 tsp. of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and 1/2 a tsp. of black pepper.

Stir well and place in a medium sized baking dish and to top it off with, you guessed it, butter! Throw a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place them in a 350° oven and heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through. (Note: When making this dish a day or two in advance, take it out of the fridge about 2-3 hours before serving time. Bake in a 350° oven for about 20-30 minutes or until warmed through.)

Creamy Ranch Potatoes

creamy ranch crockpot potatoes

I got this recipe from my friend Cheryl at a Christmas work party.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. small red potatoes, quartered
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 envelope buttermilk ranch dry salad dressing mix
1 can cream of potato soup

Place potatoes in a 3.5 quart crock-pot.  In a small bowl combine cream cheese and salad dressing mix. Stir in soup. Add potatoes.  Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours. Stir to blend before serving.

Perfect Potatoes Au Gratin

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks.

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Smear softened butter all over the bottom of a baking dish.

Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling. Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.

Au Gratin Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1 quart casserole dish.

Place potatoes into bottom of a heavily greased (buttered) casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.

Tip: Make extra cheese sauce and put extra cheese in the sauce. (at least an extra half cup, but to your taste).  Layer cheese sauce between layers of potatoes.  Make sure to grease the pan well or it’s hard to get off after baked.  Also, you might like to sprinkle bread crumbs on top for extra crispiness.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:     

  • 2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender.  Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients; mash until blended. Yield: 5 servings.

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary

 

TOTAL TIME:1 hr 5 min
Prep:20 min; Cook:45 min
YIELD:6 servings
LEVEL:Easy

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds assorted baby potatoes (such as red-skinned, white-skinned and Peruvian purple), rinsed and halved
  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 12 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.In a large bowl, toss together the potatoes, red onion, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread the potato mixture out evenly on a baking sheet and roast them until they are tender, crispy and browned (about 40 to 45 minutes).

Mashed Red Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds red potatoes, cut into chunks
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives or scallion greens, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan, cover the potatoes with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until fork-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain; return to pot.

  2. Add butter, milk, dash of salt and pepper to the potatoes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash potatoes until chunky. Mix in chives. Serve garnished with more chopped chives.

Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. –Martha Washington

 Recipe Source, click here
Makes 8 servings
 
· 3 lbs. russet potatoes (about 6 medium), peeled and cubed
· 1½ cups water
· 2 garlic cloves, peeled
· 1 bay leaf
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 3 tablespoons butter
· ½ cup warmed buttermilk
· 2 tablespoons fresh or freeze-dried chives
· Salt and pepper to taste
1. Place potatoes, water, garlic, bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon salt in slow-cooker.
2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4–6 hours, or until potatoes are tender.
3. Drain potatoes and discard the bay leaf and garlic cloves.
4. Using a potato masher or fork, mash the potatoes. Stir in the butter and buttermilk.
5. Stir in the chives and salt and pepper to taste. Serve.