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Veggie of the Month: Potatoes!

This month, we are highlighting another common winter vegetable: POTATOES!  Mashed, fried, roasted, pureed, or even baked into a sweet treat - potatoes come in many different varieties and are extremely versatile in how they can be prepared. And somehow, they always come out tasting delicious!

Savory or Sweet?

When we think about potatoes, we tend to put them in two large buckets: white potatoes and sweet potatoes. Though they have the same name and a pretty similar consistency, they are actually only loosely related! Both are a type root vegetable called a tube root, but they originate from completely different vegetable families. White potatoes come from the nightshade family, and sweet potatoes come from the morning glory family

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And although both are high in starch and have a similar amount of carbohydrates, they differ in their specific nutritional value. Sweet potatoes tend to be slightly higher in fiber, but white potatoes take the lead on protein. Though many say sweet potatoes may have the edge in terms of nutritional content,  both are great sources of vitamins and protein. And, most importantly, both taste delicious!

Fun Facts!

1. Potatoes consist mostly of water - often up to 80% of its content!

2. Potatoes are the second most consumed food in the world (after milk), and the fourth most produced staple (after wheat, corn, and rice). In fact, over a billion people around the world eat at least one potato every day!

3. Both white and sweet potatoes originated in Central and South America. The practice of growing and eating potatoes spread as Europeans began to cross the ocean and discover the crops of indigenous peoples. Now, potatoes are a staple crop for many countries all around the world!

Red Rabbit Potatoes!

As you all know, we love BOTH types of potatoes in the Red Rabbit kitchen. With white potatoes, we love cooking up our popular Home Fries with the Cheddar Omelette. As for sweet potatoes, we make Sweet Potato Wedges, which are essentially fresher (and more flavorful!) french fries, and Diced Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary, a vegetable side that smells and tastes like fall! We even use sweet potatoes for a sweet and savory snack, our famous Sweet Potato Waffles.

Home Fries

Because our home fries are particularly popular, one of our amazing chefs put together a home kitchen-friendly recipe so you can try and cook them at home! This is a super simple, yet super tasty recipe.

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:
2 large russet potatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 bell peppers, diced
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup mild chili powder
¼ cup paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic, minced

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Toss potatoes with oil, salt, and pepper. Spread evenly on a sheet tray. Toss peppers, onions, and garlic together with oil, salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and tender. 
  3. Mix together in a bowl with chili powder and paprika. Taste and adjust seasoning.
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