Holiday Tips with Potato Dishes
Pasko na naman! So it’s been the year when the term “positive” became really bad, and the reason our guests will be limited to immediate family or friends. But Christmas is celebrated precisely because of the hope it brings, the kind of hope that goes well into the New Year. So here are some tips for some joy on the table and goodwill to all guests, with a little help from U.S. potatoes:
Dare to try something different.
The lockdown fueled some great kitchen experiments and experiences. For the holidays, why not try making a surprise potato dish? If you’ve never ventured beyond frying, might we suggest scalloped potatoes or potatoes au gratin? They’re both potato casseroles made with thinly sliced potatoes baked with heavy cream and/or milk. The difference is that potatoes au gratin also add cheese.
Use frozen fries for quick eats.
Got the in-laws arriving in minutes? Choose a different, unexpected frozen fry cut for your appetizers or side dishes like basket weaves, hash browns, curly fries or tater drums. They can be fried straight from the bag and quickly served.
Put up a mashed or baked potato bar.
Here’s a filling, fun and budget-friendly idea for your party. Bake some potatoes and prepare a mini-bar of toppings and fillings. You can try seasoned shredded pork (yes, lechon will do very nicely), shredded cheese or gooey cheese sauce, crispy bacon, tomato salsa, barbecue sauce, or sour cream and chives. Let your guests load up on their choice.