Are Potatoes a Staple of Your Diet? How Do You Eat Them?

Baked Potatoe Loaded With Butter - This potatoe is ready to eat...freshly baked and loaded with lots of butter....ummmm....looks good!!
United States
June 27, 2007 2:56am CST
There are so many ways to prepare potaoes and in the USA; they are a staple of our diets... You can mash them....boil them...french fry them...bake them..make hashbrowns...or fry them...... I am specially like them baked with lots and lots of butter, salt and pepper... Or fried with a few onions..... and as french fries.....with light salt and ketchup... So are potatoes a staple in your diet??? If so, how do you eat them?? If not, what do you eat instead??? Why??
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
27 Jun 07
I do cook and serve potatoes a lot for my family to eat. I however do not eat potatoes because they are a starch. I am a diabetic so I avoid such foods as potatoes, peas, and breads because they are starches. I eat mostly non starchy vegetables because they won't raise my sugar level as much.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
My very sensible friend...I am sorry if this discussion was offensive to you...NAWWW, I am sure that you are fine with it... I respect that you are educated to the dietary changes that can reduce the risk of insulin therapy...I am diagnosed with hypo-glycemia and have the reverse problems that your diabetes can cause you.... I am not big on ice cream and sweets but bake frequently for everybody else...I am like you...why should they do without something they like because of me... Thanks for sharing with me...
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@KissThis (3006)
• United States
28 Jun 07
Of course this didn't offend me. Potatoes use to be a favorite food of mine before I learned that I was a diabetic. I have to admit that I do sneak a french fry every once in a while. Every good girl has to be bad every once in a while.
• United States
27 Jun 07
Absolutely love home fries! But, I haven't made them in ages. Mostly because I don't like frying things with a little kid in the house. Back in the day we'd peel the potatos and slice them really thin like potato chips (maybe 1/8 inch thick) and then fry in oil. Very delicious! And, perfect with any southern dish. Unlike potato chips, southern style home fries are very substantial. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
27 Jun 07
i love doing them like this too, mmmmm oh how i love them smothered in garlic butter blessed be
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• United States
27 Jun 07
Thanks for reminding me of home fries...I love them too! I always have a housefull of little ones...so I have a "no kids in the kitchen when I am cooking rule"...it seems to work for me...LOL I appreciate you sharing with me and you are most welcome for the trip down memory lane, my friend....
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
27 Jun 07
I can be quite a fussy eater, so remember that when you invite me over for supper LOL! Seriously tho' I can't bear the taste of boiled potatoes, ewww! I have to admit I prefer potatoes made into chips or jacket potatoes but I don't tend to have them very much. I don't eat that many potatoes to be honest.
• United States
27 Jun 07
My Dearest Wolfie, Whenever you want to come..sweetie, you can have whatever you want to eat...it would be my pleasure to cook anything you like...you can set the menu...just let me know impending arrival date.... Being raised in the country and now again living in the country...I am a sort of meat and potatoes person...although I enjoy many different types of cuisine.... We just become familiar with eating them in some form most days...it is an easy dish to cook because so many of us do so all of our lives here in the USA.. Thanks, my friend, and you have an open invitation to dine with my family....
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@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
27 Jun 07
Bless you my friend, thank you x
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
27 Jun 07
Potatoes is to westerners what rice is to asians. Rice is our staple, which we normally eat with a variety of dishes - vegetables, fish, meat or seafood, and soup sometimes. We do eat potatoes too as a dish, in all the ways you have described them in your diet. When we have western cuisine, where we eat steak, pork, lamb or chicken chops, fish and chips or grilled fish, coupled with salads and potatoes, where the potatoes come as hashbrown, fries or jacket potatoes. Interestingly, we also sometimes mash potatoes, then mix with some minced pork and onions, and shape them into potato patties to be fried. One popular pastry we eat that contains potatoes is curry puffs. This is like a shell-shaped pie, except that the inside is mainly cubes of potatoes and chicken, cooked with curry spices, then wrapped in pastry. The puffs are then either fried or baked.
• United States
27 Jun 07
I have a friend on here that told me about curry...I like it... I also love rice so on the days when I don't make potatoes then I frequently make a variation of rice dishes... I have eaten the potatoe pattie before...Mom always called them "potaoe cakes" but sounds like they were similar in ingredients.... We also have a similar dish where the chicken, potatoes, carrots, peas and spices are baked into a pir shell...we call them "pot pie"...not sure where the name came from....but I imagine that it is because it is all cooked in one pie pan....LOL Thanks, so much my friend for sharing with me...
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
You're welcomed, Tina. We do eat chicken pies too, although smaller versions of your pot pies. Inside the pastry, we have pieces of potatoes, chicken, onions, carrots and sometimes peas. My wife and I make them sometimes. We first cook the ingredients in a pan, then when the stuff cools, we roll the pastry and seal the cooled ingredients within the pastry in a pie tray. Normally we can make 16 pies per tray. Then we bake the pie in a conventional oven. Talking about this makes me hungry already for chicken pies!!
• United States
27 Jun 07
I love potatoes. We used to have them almost every night in some form but we have cut down on them because of the carbs. Now we only have them twice a week
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• United States
27 Jun 07
We eat them almost everyday anyways...in some form...that or rice so the carbs would be about the same...LOL I respect your will-power...not sure I could do 2 x's a week..... Thanks my dearest friend, talk soon....
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Well I eat my potatoes almost every day. I like them Country fried, French fries, scallops, mashed and hashbrowns.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
Yeah, we eat either potatoes or rice every day.... Thanks, Aprilgirl...
@Anniedup (3652)
• Richards Bay, South Africa
27 Jun 07
I like them in every way possible thanks! Fried, mashed, french fried, baked with dripping butter or sour cream, boiled in garlic butter. Potato salads, cold, or hot in Casserole's, cottage pie, and a sputnik - mashed then wrapped around a vienna sausage and fried till brown.
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• United States
27 Jun 07
I have never had a sputnik, but I bet that I would like it... Oh, I also forgot all about potatoe salad...thanks for ading them too, my friend... Are sputniks difficult to make?? Appreciate the help, Annie
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
27 Jun 07
i love mashing them with a fried onion and garlic. I put the onion and garlic through a blender after i have fried them then mash them with the potatoes. I will also often add a large dollop of youghert too blessed be
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• United States
27 Jun 07
I really like them almost any way that you can make them.... Have you ever tried them mashed with sour cream, bacon bits, butter, then cover hem with cheese and bake them in 325 degree oven just until the cheese melts...OMG, they are devine.... Thanks for sharing with me...I also love garlic...LOL
@clocks123 (1228)
• United States
27 Jun 07
i like to peel potatoes and cut them into cubes boil them in water until soft then in a bowl olive oil salt pepper basil and i love baked potatoes i leave the skin on wash it well little margarine and salt pepper also i like to fry them with the skin on them cut into slices for fried potatoes until they are very soft then i top with catsup. i use mash potato powder mix with chicken broth as the liquid
@clocks123 (1228)
• United States
27 Jun 07
i made a mistake in my above recipe here is the correct recipe peel potatoes boil them into cubes until soft put in bowl with olive oil salt pepper garlic salt and parsley the basil is wrong above correction made!
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• United States
27 Jun 07
Clocks, first, let me take this opportunity to WELCOME you to myLot, it is a great community to seek advice, share experiences, make new friends, and some money....I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do... I love fried potatoes...but do not like catsup on them...but many other members of my family eats them like that.... I do not like the instant potatoes...but my daughter uses them sometimes...she likes them... I appreciate you sharing with me....
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Ahhhh pototoes. The american food. HAHAHA! I love to wash then cut up Red taters leavbing the skin on. Boil them till tender. Drain and rinse. Add a splash of milk, lots of butter, some garlic powder or maybe crushed fresh garlic then mash them up. This is my favorite way to eat taters. I also like slicing them frying them in olive oil with some garlic cloves, fresh onions, afew different spices then add some sausage or some type of meat to them also as one whole meal in one pan. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
• United States
27 Jun 07
My Granny used to add quite a bit of butter to the water that the potatoes were boiling in...salt and pepper to taste and served still in small chunks and extra butter...ummm I love them like that... Never have fried my potates in ollive oil though...how does that make it taste different than vegetable oil?? I do love the fresh garlic and onions in there too...sometimes I add bell peppers for color and taste (red, green , and yellow; it makes it pretty...LOL)... I also like to take boiled potatoes and when they are tender, I add corned beef to the pan...serve on a plate when thoroughtly warmed with lots of butter...UMMMMM Thanks, Bob....
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
27 Jun 07
The olive oil doesnt make them taste diffetrent I just use it as other oils aren't really good for the heart. HAHAHA!!
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
29 Jun 07
I love baked Potatoes to I also enjoy them boiled and mashed, but I now do more baked Potato and new Potatoes boiled in their Skin and also with Butter on Baked Potato I will put Butter and Cheese on
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• United States
30 Jun 07
Yes, there are times when a baked potatoe with lots of butter and cheese is a cmplete meal....LOL Thanks, Gabs...
• Philippines
28 Jun 07
Potatoes are not our staple food here in the Philippines but we use them a lot in our diet. We usually include them in our dishes or create delicacies through them. I love potatoes so much and I always have a stock of potatoes in my ref.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
Yes, I admit that I have always loved the diversity of potaoes... Thanks for sharing with me...I appreciate it...
• Ireland
28 Jun 07
Thank you for the lovely welcome. I meant to say you also add butter along with the nutmeg, parsley and milk. Really are lovely.
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• United States
30 Jun 07
It was my pleasure to welcome you....I think that the older members should acknowledge our new members... That really does sound good...thanks
@sharon_ (1171)
• United States
28 Jun 07
A baked potato with lots of butter, pepper, garlic, and chopped up green onions.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
thanks for your response..
• United States
28 Jun 07
I was raised on a farm and we had lot of potatoes for supper. Not many for breakfast or lunch. We had potatoe salad, baked potatoe with lots of butter..later I learned to like gravy but as a youngster I only like butter or oleo..(this was not allowed when my Dad had the dairy cattle..lol..only butter""_) scalopped potatoes was my favoriate but we did not get french fries as this was something my mom would not make..but i do love french fries from Wendy's, Hot 'n Now and Mc Donald's--also Sonic and Rally's is the best (methinks) I do like hashbrowns when I eat in a restaurant for breakfast..with ketchup on them... but I married a women from the Philippines and her staple is white rice...the people in the Philippines are crazy for white rice..i still prefer potatoes..rich is ok..but when mom cooked it she put something with it..like her homemade chili or Chung King chop suey in a can...or rice pudding or something called Ambrosia..white rice, coconut, pineapple etc etc..it was very tasty..
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• United States
28 Jun 07
I also like rice and pasta as an alternative to potatoes for a day or so...but I was raised on a farm and now live on a farm....potatoes are an important part of most meals around here.. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me, my new friend...
• United States
28 Jun 07
I'm Irish, what else would I eat? I love home made potato cheese soup. In addition to all the ways you listed, my mom used to grate them and add them to pancakes, different but really good.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
Thanks Dragonstar..I also forgot abour the delicious potatoe soup that is a family favorite during the cold and rainy seasons... Never added potatoes to pancakes, I must admit... Thanks for sharing with me...
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
28 Jun 07
Potatoes are the one vegetable I love any way you can dish them up, they are so yummy no matter what, I am just not sure where they stand health wise, I have read so much, that they are good for you, they are not good for you, they are fattening they aren't fattening, I would like to think they are good because I would never think of giving them up simply because there are not any vegetable that I like enough to have as often as I can have potatoes...
• United States
28 Jun 07
I share that with you...I can't imagine giving them up either.... I also agree that there is a alot of controversies surrounding potatoes as with so many other things... Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me...
@laltu86 (1253)
• India
28 Jun 07
Potatoes are the commodity in our diet which is first of all the cheapest and can go with any kind of food , and second of all my favourite , i love mashed potato , baked and buttered , as a crust in a sandwitch , youi name it i eat it :)
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• United States
28 Jun 07
That is true...no matter what type of main coarse you are planning...potatoes go with anything...and they are economical to purchase and easily grown...and stored... Thanks so much for sharing with me....
@saintz87 (439)
• Singapore
28 Jun 07
Wow Potatoes, an absolute luxury cheap food for a source of CarBohydrates! Apparently I am living in Singapore, Asia and our staple food is rice, however in Singapore, you can find all nationality food from Pasta, Rice, Bread, Naan, Prata, Noodles. Whatever you want to eat, you can find it here as it is known as food paradise!
• United States
28 Jun 07
It is possible to find almost any type of food here at the supermarkets too....I live in the USA... I also like pasta and rice; frequently rotating these to provide a rounded balanced diet.... Thanks so much for sharing with me...
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
28 Jun 07
I have to admit that I am not much of a cook so I rely on my fiancee to cook most of my food for me. She makes a dish where she boils boneless pork ribs, fresh green beans, and potatoes all together with some seasoning. This is my favorite way to eat potatoes. I also enjoy potatoes fried with some onion in butter. Of course salt and pepper for seasoning. Mashed potatoes with some garlic or cheese added is also good.
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• United States
28 Jun 07
Oh, boiled with boneless pork ribs, fresh green beans and potatoes sounds so very delicious.... I appreciate the idea and will have to experiment with that recipe.... Thanks so much for sharing with me....