Creamy Potato Salad

May 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Salads

This recipe makes a large bowl of Creamy Potato Salad, enough for a crowd. The extra step of tossing the potatoes with marinade and chilling allows them to soak up a lot of flavor!

Potato salad with egg and mayonnaise

Potato salad (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4 lbs medium sized potatoes
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup vinegar
1 Tablespoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 cup celery, sliced diagonally
1 large onion
1 medium sized green pepper, diced
1 small jar pimentos, chopped
½ cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
tomato wedges

  1. Cook potatoes whole in boiling water until tender, approximately 30 minutes. Drain, peel, and cut into cubes.
  2. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Pour oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and onion over and toss until potatoes are moistened
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours until marinade is absorbed.
  4. Add green pepper, celery, and pimento to potatoes.
  5. Combine mayonnaise and sour cream. Add to potatoes and toss gently to coat
  6. Chill and serve in lettuce lined bowl. Garnish with tomato wedges around edge.
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Know Your Ingredients — Sweet Potatoes

April 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Know Your Ingredients

Know Your Ingredients – Sweet Potatoes

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet po...

The softer, orange-fleshed variety of sweet potato, commonly referred to as a yam in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, almost twice the Vitamin A of carrots, more potassium than a banana, and is a good source of Vitamin B6 and Manganese? The sweet potato! Surprised?

The sweet potato is one of the healthiest foods in the Southern diet, achieving super food status for its powerful antioxidants and carotenoids that protect the body against cancer, heart disease and boosts the immune system.

One large sweet potato has approximately 162 calories, compared to 278 for a regular baked potato. It is naturally low in sodium and fat.

Of course, the problem is that most sweet potato recipes tend to drown them in butter and sugar. But this no longer needs to be true. Sweet potatoes are gaining attention of chefs and home cooks for their delicious flavors and outstanding nutrition.

How to Use Sweet Potatoes

Healthy Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baking or microwaving is one of the easiest ways to use sweet potatoes. Simply cook them the same way you would an Idaho potato. When it comes time to dress them, get a little creative. Instead of butter, try topping them with a sprinkle of cinnamon and top with a spoon full of pineapple tidbits. This is a healthy way to enjoy the flavors of sweet potato casserole, without the fat and sugar.

To Bake Sweet Potatoes:

Wrap each potato in foil and place in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour.  Remove from the oven and slit open. Stuff as desired.

To Microwave Sweet Potatoes:

Wash the outside of each potato and prick the skin in several places with a fork. This will allow the steam to escape without rupturing the skin. Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 8 minutes. Press the potato, it will yield easily when done. If it is still hard, microwave for 2 more minutes or until done. Cooking times vary with the size of the potato and the power of the microwave.

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