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Monday, April 16, 2012

Cheesy New Potatoes

Cheesy New Potatoes

Saturday, Phillip decided to dig up new potatoes in our lower garden to see if they were ready.  He had planted in late January and knew there was a good chance there would be potatoes on the vines.  Normally he planted the potatoes closer to February 14 and gathered potatoes for the first time for Mother's Day weekend.  This was our family tradition for his Mother.  She would prepare Cheesy New Potatoes for her family for Mother's Day.  As long as the potatoes were available in the garden, Phillip would take his Mother potatoes.  Her favorite way to eat them was boiled.  Once they were done, she would remove a few from the boiler and place them in a bowl.  She would mash them with her fork and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Phillip's Mom liked to tease him about his garden and told him that he might not be able to grow other things but could certainly grow potatoes!  How I wish she could see the beautiful garden and fruit orchard that he has now!

For our Sunday lunch, we had chicken tenders, Cheesy New Potatoes, white peas, fried corn bread, and Pecan Sandies for dessert.  I told our grandson, Eli, that a Baptist preacher would love our Sunday lunch.  I explained that Baptist preachers like fried chicken and used to families invited the preacher to come home and have lunch with them.  

Cheesy New Potatoes

New potatoes, fresh from the garden
(can be bought at the grocery store, too)
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. corn oil
2 Tbsp. self-rising flour
shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Place potatoes in a boiler and cover with water.  Add a tsp. of salt and 2 Tbsp. corn oil.  Boil over medium heat until done, about 40 min.  Pour a cup of water into a bowl, add 2 Tbsp. of 
self-rising flour and stir with a whisk.  Once incorporated, pour into the boiler of potatoes and water.  Stir often while it thickens over medium heat.  Pour the potatoes into a casserole dish.  Cover with a layer of shredded sharp cheddar cheese.  Place in the oven and allow the cheese to melt, about 5 min. 

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