Thursday, November 17, 2011
Fried 'Tater Peels
Thanksgiving is just right around the corner. I would think it's safe to say that most families include mashed potatoes in their holiday menu. So, today I want to share a quick tip with you that will not only save you some waste, but will provide a tasty snack. Incidentally, when I was a teenager I used to hate when my mom would refer to something as tasty. Mirror, Mirror on the wall - I am my mother after all. LOL! Anyhoo...
Before you peel all those lovely taters, wash 'em. Most of the nutrients in the potato lie in the skin. So, don't send those nutrient packed little buggers to the trash, fry them up! Heat your oil, fat or lard and then drop your dried off potato peels into the hot oil in batches. You'll know they're done when they shrink up and turn golden brown. Remember to always stay close when you're frying something. You don't wan't this to happen. Drain on paper towels or brown paper. As you pull each batch from the oil, sprinkle with sea salt or your favorite seasoning. You could get very creative here. Think Lowry's, curry, cajun, ranch packets... You'll only be limited by your imagination (or your pantry). I happen to love them seasoned simply with the sea salt. Call me a purist if you must. :0)
Incidentally, if you don't want to fry your potato peels right away, I'm confident that you can keep them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge for a day or so. Just be sure to dry them first. Remember, oil and water don't mix.
If frying isn't your thing you could toss the peels in a little oil and roast them. This will take longer than frying them, though.
Anyway you choose to make them - just make them. You'll be glad you didn't send your 'tater peels to the trash heap!
I'm linking up at This Chick Cooks, Real Food 101, Monday Mania, The Homestead Barn Hop, Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, Fat Tuesday, Traditional Tuesdays and Frugal Days - Sustainable Ways.