I’ve been way too busy lately, and no time to think of my valentines.
I was thinking, if I could have a food valentine, it would definitely be potatoes. I know most people think of chocolate, strawberries, champagne- sweet stuff. But I think of potatoes.
I love the little fingerling ones as well as the mashed, scalloped, in salad, baked, fried, gratin, potatoe soup- any kind really. They are so nice to other foods- they are friendly with vegetables, meat and dairy. Except fruit- I don’t think fruit and potatoes are chummy at all.
And the other great thing about potatoes is that they come in all different colors. Red, yellow sweet potatoes, white, brown- I am sure that there are other kinds. They are multicultural.
Everyone loves potatoes- I am pretty sure every culture eats them- in Texas we eat them all kinds of ways- potatoe salad with barbeque, mashed with everything, and of course all types of fried ones in various shapes and sizes. In Greece we bake them…or fry them- here are one great way to make potatoes just like the Greeks.
Greek Fried Potatoes
White potatoes (however many that you want)
Vegetable Oil (for frying)
Olive Oil- the good stuff
A lemon- or two!
Cut the potatoes in a thin french fry way. Heat up your veggie oil and fry them up. You’ll know that they are ready when they are golden- yummm. Take out of the oil with a slotted spoon and pat with paper towels. Then put in a big bowl and drizzle with good olive oil, sea salt, oregano, and the juice of a lemon or two. If you really want to go Greek serve with Tzaziki (see below!)
The Greeks eat Tzaziki like it is ketchup. They eat it with bread, veggies, whatever- even potatoes.
1 tablespoon of crushed garlic. Depends on how much you like, you could use more
1/2 diced cucumber
3-4 Tablespoons of diced dill- you can use as much as you like!
2-3 Tablespoons of lemon juice (again, to taste)
2-3 Tablespoons of Good Olive Oil (again, to taste!)
4 cups of Greek Yogurt- full fat. If you can’t find it, use 1/2 plain yogurt mixed with 1/2 sour cream
Smear the garlic all around the bowl. Then put all ingredients in and mix. You can be lenient on everything and then add to taste- just note, as the tzaziki sits, it will get stronger!