Bring on the potatoes!

Taste and Savor's Chef Nancy Waldeck shares yummy AND healthy potato-inspired recipes on 'Atlanta & Company'.

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Straight from Chef Nancy:

September is not only the time we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, but a month that’s all about celebrating one of everyone’s favorite foods – the potato!

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Taste and Savor's Nancy Waldeck shares healthy potato recipes on 'Atlanta and Company'

FIVE FUN POTATO FACTS

  1. In the United States, far and away our most popular vegetable is the potato, followed by the tomato. (USDA measured consumption by the pound, and potatoes are heavier than kale and lettuce.) Followed by onions, carrots and broccoli.
  2. The potato is about 80% water and 20% solids
  3. The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.
  4. The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.
  5. There are over 400 sweet potato varieties grown from Africa to Asia and almost every country in between. Here in the United States, North Carolina holds the top spot as the grower of the most sweet potatoes.

Potato Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette!

1 ½ Lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes, cut in 1” pieces

1 Lb Purple Potatoes, cut in 1” pieces

1 Lb Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut in 1” pieces

2 TB Olive Oil

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

Bibb OR Butter Lettuce

Parmesan Cheese, grated

2 TB Oregano, chopped

Lemon Vinaigrette

Step One

Preheat oven to 400F. Toss potatoes in oil, season with salt and pepper. Spread evenly on sheet pan and cover with foil. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove foil and roast 15 minutes more or until tender. Toss with lemon vinaigrette.

Step Two

Make lettuce bed for each portion. Place some potato salad on lettuce and sprinkle with cheese and oregano.

Lemon Jar Vinaigrette

¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

1/3 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 TB Minced Shallots

1 TB Dijon Mustard

1 TB Chopped Parsley

1 tsp Honey

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake well.

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Twice Baked Potatoes – Sweet Potato Style!

2 Large Sweet Potatoes

1 TB Unsalted Butter

2 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 TB Garam Masala

1 tsp Turmeric

½ tsp Fine Sea Salt

½ tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

¼ Cup Coconut Milk

8 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Pecans, roasted

Step One

Preheat oven to 400F. Prick skins of potatoes several times. Roast until soft for about 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, cut the top third of potatoes off and scoop out flesh into a bowl. Make sure to keep skins intact for stuffing.

Step Two

In a small sauté pan melt, butter and oil together. Mix in spices, salt and pepper and cook until fragrant, then add milk. Pour warm mixture over potatoes and mash thoroughly.

Step Three

Reduce oven to 350F. Spoon potato mixture into empty potato skins. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until thoroughly warm, or about 30minutes. Garnish with nuts.

Potatoes with Wine? Of Course!

These easy recipes call for a wine that’s just as easy to enjoy. A Torrontes from Argentina is a white you may not have enjoyed before – buts it's a great one to try with a veggie dinner. Lots of peach and melon flavors, a fun change from a white like Pinot Grigio!