Monday, March 3, 2014

Snow Potatoes

Snow event was minimal and we are all at work/school today. I did go out when the largest snowflakes were flying yesterday morning. It was beautiful. Our high was 8 F. Too bitter cold to enjoy the outside for long.

When it's that cold you might as well bake potatoes. Having the oven on for most of an hour warms the house and maybe baking potatoes is better than baking cookies? Here's a recipe with lots of ingredients that is worth the trouble. The Bon Appetit original is for twice baked potatoes that are dipped in spiced yogurt and sesame seeds. I've done it and it's delicious but it has many steps, many messy steps. I recommend this streamlined version in a pan. It was so good at last night's potluck I'm going to make it again this week.

Indian Spiced Potatoes with Yogurt Sesame Crust

Potatoes:
3 large Russet potatoes (each about 1#) scrubbed [I used 4 small and 1 medium]
4 oz. grated Monterey Jack cheese
2 T butter, melted
2 T chopped fresh cilantro
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 serrano chile, seeded, minced (half is good)
1 T sesame seeds

Yogurt spice paste:
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 t fresh ginger root, grated
2 t paprika
1 t salt
1 t ground coriander
½ t ground cumin
½ cup plain yogurt
4 t grapeseed or canola oil
2 t fresh lemon juice
Sesame seeds

1.      Bake potatoes. Let cool.
2.      Take off papery outer peels.
3.      Mash with next 6 ingredients (top section)
4.      Spread in square baking dish
5.      Make yogurt spice paste, spread on top of potatoes
6.      Oven 350
7.      Sprinkle with sesame seeds

8.      Bake 40 minutes until toasty, no longer wet

Link to metafilter choral group doing pop song interp.  http://www.metafilter.com/137080/Arguably-the-Coolest-High-School-Chorus-in-the-World

Post Oscar goodness. Read Glenn's feelings about all the Oscar best picture winners as he spends all day cooking. My favorite bit so far:
53: The Sound of Music
I played Captain Von Trapp in Seltzer School’s 1972 production of this musical, and Max Detweiler in Jefferson Township High School’s 1977 production of same. I love this movie. If you have a Sound of Music problem I feel bad for you, son. I’ve got 80-something Oscar problems but The Sound of Music ain’t one.

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