Party Potatoes

I grew up in the northern part of the U.S. while my husband was reared in the south.….amazing we met considering the distance between us for 27 years. Despite growing up with a geographical separation of 800+ miles, it appears we had nearly identical tastes and experiences with food, books, television and music. We liked the same bands, most of the television shows we watched after school as well as books we read. Being bookworms, the both of us, our mothers fussed about "going outside on such a nice day".

On food we also have very similar tastes with the only divide being regional fare. Meaning, I grew up with rhubarb (think stewed rhubarb and pies), lima beans and Scrapple firmly incorporated in my diet. He with collard greens and hoe cakes.

Collard Greens and Hoe Cakes below

As adults, neither of us is budging or venturing into those foreign foods. (Although there was my suprise of bringing a strawberry rhubarb pie on a camping trip. That's didn't go over well)

Anyway, another foodie difference was the side dish of potatoes or rice. The starch delivery at my childhood dinner table was potatoes, served on a regular schedule. Mashed, baked, scalloped, you name it.

Doug had rice with the same regularity as I enjoyed potatoes. Now, we both like potatoes and rice but given the choice, I always choose potatoes and he chooses rice. Most of the time. So, since I have posted risottos before, allow me to introduce Party Potatoes. This is a recipe I snagged off Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking Series.

Please check out the post which inspired me to make this dish at Beth Fish Reads, just click HERE.

Party Potatoes
Serves 10 (so you know I cut the measurements down!)

· 8 large baking potatoes, peeled
· ¾ cup sour cream
· 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
· 1 teaspoon sugar
· ¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
· Milk
· 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
· ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
· 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
· ½ teaspoon dried dillweed
· 1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine the potatoes with enough water to cover in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil until tender but firm; drain. Peel the potatoes. Mash the potatoes in a bowl. Stir in the sour cream, salt, sugar, and pepper, adding milk as needed for a fluffy consistency.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cook the spinach using package directions; drain. Press the excess moisture from the spinach. I sauteed the chives, onions and spinach in butter. Combine the potatoes, spinach, butter, chives, green onions, and dill in a bowl and mix well. Spoon into a buttered 9 × 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Do you have a preference between potatoes and rice? Some people abstain from carbs but I don't think I could do without them. Bread in it.

Next up is photo trip of a small town near us. Actually, it's officially our address (Havana) but we don't live as close as you'd think. The pleasures of rural living...There are lots of antique shops there, local eateries and boasts a population of roughly 1,700 souls.

Wait till you see the local pizza joint! Until later..........

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Debra Eliotseats said...

Gotta love regional favorites. :)

Tina said...

Right?! And you know, I would still eat strawberry rhubarb pie....I suppose you have to grow up with some things .

~~louise~~ said...

I'm not sure I'm a meat & potato kinda gal because of my regional upbringing Tina. My family was big on risotto! I think I just LOVE potatoes and these sound fabulous with the spinach. I do believe I could party hearty on these!

I think it's so sweet that you and doug are soul mates. it may just be the carbs that keep you together, lol...

Thank you so much for sharing...

Tina said...

Louise, you may be on to something, haha! I really like risotto too.

caite said...

Sour could you go wrong!

Beth F said...

I'm so pleased you tried the recipe, giving it a fresh spin!

Ah, yes, I understand regional food wars. Fortunately, we are both adventurous eaters. But I still can't get my husband to love kasha as much a I do.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

The differences between regions when it comes to food is always interesting.

Cecelia said...

I knew there were regional favorites, but I never equated it to the starches we choose to eat! My mother is from upstate NY, and my dad from San Francisco, and I grew up in Seattle... I can't point to any one starch on the kitchen table (though I prefer rice! and then potatoes). How interesting! Those potatoes look delicious, too. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Galligar Chance said...

My mother loves potatoes - she'd have them at every meal. I may have to try these for her! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Col (Col Reads) said...

I will always be a potato girl. It's the one food I'm truly about -- badly cooked potatoes ruin a meal for me. Thanks for this great recipe!

Carole said...

I'm a potatoes girl - but lately have been eating quite a lot of pasta instead. Cheers

Anonymous said...

There are also ethnic variations. My family is mainly english/irish and we ate potatoes with every meal in some form or another with occasional pasta in the form of spagbol and rice always with Chicken ala king. When I was married my husband's family was German and their starch of choice was noodles (basically the broad egg noodles). I mean they are okay but they can't compete with potatoes :). The only time he ventured into potato land was for German Potato salad.

Tina said...

Hi all! I have been away from the computer but will be touching base at your sites today. Thank you for your very nice comments.

Katerina said...

I love, love potatoes and I am the meat and potato kind of person! They look absolutely delicious!

Debbie said...

I too, love potatoes! and parties!
I'm not sure what's up with my blog. I need to find the time to fix it...go back to another template at least. Yes, the sperm auction was very funny when they had it. Altho, I'm sure the cowboys took it very seriously. Cowboys do you know...take semen seriously. ahahahahaaa!! Have a good night!

Tina said...

Thanks, deb. I wasn't not sure why I couldn't comment at your place. Your post was quite entertaining!

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