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National “Tater” Day!

TODAY are celebrating National “Tater” day.  “Tater” is a colloquial term used to refer to a potato, a starchy root vegetable that is a dietary staple in many parts of the world. Potatoes are versatile, affordable, and can be prepared in a variety of ways, making them a popular ingredient in many dishes.

Potatoes come in many different varieties, each with its own unique characteristics and uses. Some common types of potatoes include Russet, red, and Yukon Gold. Russet potatoes are high in starch and are ideal for baking and frying, while red potatoes are lower in starch and hold their shape well when boiled or roasted. Yukon Gold potatoes have a buttery texture and are great for mashing or making potato salads.

Potatoes are also a good source of several important nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber. However, it’s important to note that potatoes are also high in carbohydrates, so they should be eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

In addition to their culinary uses, potatoes have also played an important role in history and culture. In the mid-19th century, the Irish Potato Famine resulted in the deaths of over a million people due to a widespread potato crop failure. This event had a significant impact on Irish culture and history and is still remembered today.

Overall, “tater” is simply a casual term used to refer to a potato, a versatile and important ingredient in many different types of cuisine.

Here’s a recipe for roasted potatoes that’s easy to make and delicious:

Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. of small potatoes, such as baby red or fingerling
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Wash and dry the potatoes. If they are larger, cut them into smaller pieces so that they cook evenly.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the olive oil, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add the potatoes to the bowl and toss to coat them in the herb mixture.
  5. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Roast the potatoes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
  7. Serve the garlic herb roasted potatoes hot as a side dish or snack.

This recipe is easy to customize to your tastes by using different herbs or spices. Enjoy it by itself or with your favorite dish.  Bon Appetit!