A new Hebrew cookbook, Potatoes, written by celebrity chef and food writer Israel
Aharoni and veteran food journalist and author of many cookbooks Nira Russo, was
published in time for the holiday and it contains more than 120 recipes, many
useful tips and general information about different kinds of potatoes, methods
of cooking and utensils.
This is not only a beautiful album with
spectacular photographs (by Nelli Sheffer), but unlike other cookbooks, is a
very useful one that you will keep handy in your kitchen.
The tips will
add flavor to your everyday cooking and the information about methods and
utensils will save you time and work.
The book is divided by cooking
methods – baking, frying, boiling, steaming and pies – but to quote the writers:
“Our main pride is the basic recipes made perfect. Our secrets to producing
velvety mashed potatoes, basic but excellent latkes
, our know-how of producing
the perfectly baked potato in a home oven, and once and for all: how to make a
From the book we chose recipes that suit both Lag Ba’omer
and Shavuot, and can be served as side dishes or main dishes with
salad.PERFECT MASHED POTATO
Add cheese to the mashed potato and discover
✔ 3 Tbsp. olive oil
✔ 2 zucchini, washed and cubed
✔ 1 chopped
✔ 4 or 5 red medium potatoes
✔ 11⁄2 cups water
✔ Salt & black pepper
✔ 30 gr. butter
✔ 2-3 triangles of “La vache qui rit” cheese (or
✔ 1⁄4 cup milk Heat oil in pan or wok, trim ends of zucchini and
Peel potatoes and cut into 1-cm. slices.
Add the potatoes
to the pan, and mix while cooking for 5 minutes. Place vegetables in a pot, add
water and cover. Lower heat and cook for 10 minutes.
Discard some of the cooking water.
Place back on the stove and turn heat up. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add half
of the butter. Press using a hand masher. The heat will dry the potatoes making
it more absorbent for additions. Spreading the mashed potato on a pan will
quicken the drying of the mashed potato.
When dry, add cheese and mix
Spread again, add milk, mix. Add butter, mix and taste. Add salt if
The secret: Adding “La vache qui rit” gives smoothness and
richness to the mashed potato.
The same idea can be applied to a simple
baked potato: Take a small piece off the end while still hot, insert 1 triangle
of cheese or more and mix with a fork.
More: Use Boursin, the French
cream cheese. Yes, it’s expensive, but one dollop of herb Boursin will upgrade
any mashed potato or soup. Did anybody mention calories? MASHED-POTATO STUFFED
A very pretty way of serving potatoes.
You simply bake young
long potatoes, remove both ends, dig out the inside, place them “standing,” and
fill them up with mashed potato. This makes for a very nice vegetarian main
✔ 6 medium size long potatoes
✔ 4 egg yolks
✔ 30 gr. butter
cup cream (or 1⁄4 cup sour cream and 1⁄4 cup cream)
✔ 1 tsp. sugar
✔ 1 tsp.
✔ Salt, pepper
✔ 2 Tbsp. ground Parmesan cheese or other hard cheese
Heat oven to 200º. Wash potatoes and bake on a grid over a baking sheet about an
hour. Cool. When cooled cut each potato in half in the middle and place with cut
side up. Empty the potato carefully.
Place in a bowl and mash with all
ingredients except cheese. Fill the potatoes.
Create a small scoop on
each potato using an icing nozzle or ice-cream scoop.
grated cheese and bake until golden brown. Serve immediately.POTATO
TILES WITH HERBS
✔ 1 kg. peeled “Desiree” (red) potatoes
✔ 1⁄4 cup olive oil
cloves garlic, chopped
✔ 5 leaves sage, chopped
✔ 2 Tbsp. thyme leaves
✔ 2 Tbsp.
rosemary leaves chopped finely
✔ Salt, black pepper
✔ 1⁄2 cup Parmesan cheese
ground Slice potatoes to 3 mm. thick rounds.
Cook in boiling salty water
Drain and wash with cold water. Drain all the
In a bowl, mix together oil, garlic, herbs salt and pepper. Pour
over potatoes and mix well. Make sure all the potatoes are coated with the oil
Place potatoes in an oven proof dish in lines, like
Sprinkle cheese over the potatoes and place in a pre-heated 200º
oven for half an hour, until potatoes are browned nicely. The best spuds
Besides a nice bonfire, one of the holiday traditions is open-fire baked potatoes.
It is advisable to pay attention to the potatoes. All kinds are good for open fire roasting, but baking potatoes are best. Look for the yellowish Marvel or the Vivaldi.
Choose mature potatoes with a smooth clean skin of similar medium size. Smell them to make sure they are not rotting.Wish to outdo everyone else’s potatoes this year? Here is how:
Scrub each potato well. Dry with a kitchen towel, place on a large aluminum foil square. Remove a slice from the top, and make deep cuts almost all the way through the potato. Rub cut side with oil and sprinkle salt. You may add any herb. Wrap potato with the foil.
Another delicious way is to slice potatoes almost all the way through, and spread with either mayonnaise or prepared tehina, wrap with aluminum foil and bake for half an hour.Tip:
String six to eight potatoes on 1⁄3- cm. metal wire. Wrap and bury in the ashes. Check after 25-30 minutes. The wire assures a thorough even baking and makes removing the potatoes from the fire much easier.