Indispensable, I'd say not for me. They're fine, but not my favorite food. Some ways I prepare them: Mashed with either merquén (roasted chile powder they have here) or garlic Potato salad with hard boiled eggs, green pepper, cilantro and mayo Boiled, sliced then sautéed with olive oil, butter, tarragon, rosemary, black pepper and salt until they are golden
I make corkscrew potatoes (cut in a ribbon and deep fried), roast potatoes and somtimes potato salad.
There are also a couple of delicious Turkish recipes but I'll need to feel better before I post them. Come to think of I probably did on TTR. Bixa should go and filch all the recipes I posted during my stint as a host.
I also love potatoes but perhaps I avoid them more than I should. There is some sort of stigma attached to "excessive" potato consumption compared to all of the other vegetables, but who is to say what "excessive" is? I don't see anybody criticizing the Asians for eating too much rice, for example.
Cottage fries, tortilla Española, proper French Fries: we love potatoes. Cream of Potato Soup; French Potato Salad with a mustard vinaigrette, sometimes with cooked, fresh green beans. Salade Niçoise with new potato salad as an important part.
But, they're not indispensable. I could live on bread, pasta, and to a lessser degree, rice, for my carbo intake. However, I'd miss potatoes.
Now boiling potatoes to be smashed for lunch, with parsley and butter, s&p. The main course is some sliced pork loin with mushrooms in gravy, made a month ago and frozen. I am reheating the latter in the nuclear furnace.
A few years ago I was on a strict diet and someone told me that I should avoid potatoes, because they don't give back enough in terms of fiber and nutrition to offset their calories. I guess I took that to heart. Someone disabuse me of this notion, please!
Like many people, I keep my potatoes under the sink. Since I probably don't eat them regularly enough, I had my seasonal surprise the other day when I went looking for some and encountered a forest of menacing sprouts reaching for me, some of them already 10 cm high.
Any ideas for keeping your potatoes under control as spring begins to arrive?
Have to disagree with the refrigeration of potatoes Baz. Refrigeration causes the potatoes to develop a sweet taste and to turn brown when fried. Better to buy in smaller quantities as you suggested. Or just brake off the sprouts or plant them.