Last night I dug up some potatoes from our garden. It was fun lifting the potato fork out of the soil to reveal our harvest… ready for the picking. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the potatoes as soon as I saw them.
I wanted to make boiled potatoes. It’s not a fancy recipe but it’s a dish that brings back a bunch of memories for me. You see, I associate boiled potatoes with my Grandma.
I don’t recall ever having them anywhere else than at my Grandma’s house. It’s not the kind of food you’d see at a restaurant and because of it’s simplicity you probably wouldn’t serve it to guests.
It is, however, an easy and inexpensive side that goes well with just about any meat. Perfect for a hardworking Grandma who usually needed to feed a crowd and feed them quickly.
To make boiled potatoes you just scrub, quarter, and then boil them in slightly salted water.
When a fork easily pierces them you drain the water and serve.
As a kid I loved smashing the potatoes down with my fork making lots of fork marks. (Who am I kidding? I still find this fun!) Throw on a pat or two of butter and then smash again! Add a little salt and you’re ready to eat.
I remember having many meals at my Grandma’s house that included boiled potatoes. Potatoes my grandparents grew in their massive garden and then stored in the cellar.
I guess that’s why to this day boiled potatoes are one of my favorite ways to make potatoes.
Is there a food you don’t remember having anywhere else besides at your grandparent’s house? What is it?
You’ll find another memory from my Grandma’s kitchen here!