If you have a big crew of people to feed, you have to check out this awesome Twice Baked Potato Casserole recipe from Relative State. Growing up in a family of 6 children, and then later having her own 4 children in the 1940's my Grandmother learned the value of making food go a long way. She is not alone in her belief that potatoes are a gift to our pantries, as they are one of the most versatile foods on the market. They can be used in a variety of recipes and can be mashed, boiled, baked, pan fried, deep fried, ground up and made into flour, and in some cases even used in baking recipes like for baking bread. Their carbohydrate make up is satisfying to our tastebuds which often look for sweet food, and at the same time they have a micronutrient make up that one would not expect from the sometimes believed to be 'lowly' potato. They are high in Vitamin C and in fact even higher than an revered orange. Potatoes are also high in potassium and dietary fibre.
Potatoes have a high glycemic index, although this even varies considerably between varieties of potatoes. Glycemic Index refers to how much a food effects our blood sugar levels, and is an important factor to watch for diabetics particularly. There is current research suggesting that low glycemic foods can help with weight loss. If glycemic index is high in your mind, it will help if you eat potatoes with a high protein pairing to help decrease the glycemic load of the meal so your body can process it more easily.
Potatoes are considered a starchy tuber from the nightshade plants. They are grown underneath soil with a hefty stock of greenery shooting up through the soil that help to indicate when the delicious little nuggets are ready to harvest from the soil. If you are growing potatoes they need a a correct balance between macronutrients and micronutrients is essential to obtain the best results possible from potato crops. Although there are near a dozen important nutrients to consider when you are growing potatoes, potassium is the element most widely utilized by the potato crop. There is nothing that I remember more sweetly than being a young girl and visiting my grandmothers house when she was in the midst of potato harvest. She would get each of us a bucket, plunge of shovel into the soil and unearth an entire universe of round sweet treasures for us to 'share' in our turns of taking them from the soil and putting them into our buckets to be rinsed and cooked up for dinner. I always remember those itty bitty tiny ones were my favorite to find. It was like a treasure hunt to us kids! Growing your own potatoes can be easy and fun, and maybe you can even get your kids in on the digging action.
This potato recipe would be the perfect recipe to make for your family with potatoes you grow in your own garden! All you need are some medium potatoes, sour cream, butter, cheddar cheese and some bacon and onions to top them off. All you have to do is basically boil the potatoes and then bake them with all of the other creamy ingredients. What you are left with is a scrumptious meal or side dish that the whole family will absolutely love. This recipe would even be wonderful for breakfast with a side of eggs. You can even experiment with the type of cheese you use in the recipe as well. Now it is time for you to enjoy! Happy Cooking!