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Monday, November 2, 2009

Growing Potatoes


At long last, a couple of weeks ago, my potato plant finally fell over and died. (This is good because then you know that the potatoes are ready to eat!) I threw the plant into my compost pile, and starting digging around for potatoes... and there were 4! Not so bad from a random sprouting potato in the fridge, right? I'm pretty sure they're Yukon Gold potatoes, which I really like. Next year, I plan to do a bunch of different kinds, including purple and red potatoes.

Now, what to make with them?

My Favorite Spicy Breakfast Potatoes:

3-4 potatoes, well scrubbed and clean

2 tbsp olive oil

1/2 onion, sliced into small pieces

Spanish Paprika (this is key!)

Slice up the potatoes into either quartered slices, large dice, or whatever you like, as long as they are around the same size so that they cook evenly. Heat oil in a large frying pan, and once hot, add the onions. Then add potatoes. After a couple of minutes, turn potatoes so they brown on both sides. Add some water once they are brown, and sprinkle with paprika. Cook for around 20 minutes, adding water when necessary. You don't want it to burn, but you don't want it to be too soupy either. Cook until potatoes are soft when you poke them with a fork. Sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.

*You can also cook them with some peppers or garlic if you like.

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