15 June 2013

Weekend Cooking: Party Potatoes

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It's hard to believe, but this is the third Saturday in a row I've been either out of town or busy, busy. First I was in New York for BookExpo America, then I was in Ohio for my niece's high school graduation, and today we have a neighborhood graduation party followed by the village's annual strawberry festival. As a consequence of all that traveling and partying, I haven't been spending much time in the kitchen.

On the other hand, the celebration meals have me thinking about some of my favorite dishes to serve for informal gatherings. One of my go-to party cookbooks is the Toledo Museum of Art's Art Fare.

A couple of years ago, I shared a carrot recipe from Art Fare, which I hope you've tried. It's a dish that appears on my New Year's Eve menu every year, and even the vegetable haters seem to love it. The recipes in Art Fare come from museum supporters, including restaurant chefs, caterers, and home cooks. The foods reflect the diverse ethnic community of northern Ohio and southern Michigan, and each recipe was, as the cover copy says, triple tested to guarantee success.The cookbook, which won the Tabasco Community Cookbook Award in 2001, is available from the museum's gift shop.

Although my mom and I made a green bean recipe from Art Fare last weekend (and there wasn't even one bean left over!), I want to give you a different recipe because it's one of my standbys and it's always a big hit.

My friends often request that I make these potatoes when I ask, What can I bring? I love that the dish can be made the day before and then heated up when my guests arrive. If I'm taking this to a pot luck, I just wrap it up well, so it stays hot during transport.

Party Potatoes
Serves 10
  • 8 large baking potatoes, peeled
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • Milk
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • ½ teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 1½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Combine the potatoes with enough water to cover in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil until tender but firm; drain. Peel the potatoes. Mash the potatoes in a bowl. Stir in the sour cream, salt, sugar, and pepper, adding milk as needed for a fluffy consistency.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Cook the spinach using package directions; drain. Press the excess moisture from the spinach. Combine the potatoes, spinach, butter, chives, green onions, and dill in a bowl and mix well. Spoon into a buttered 9 × 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

Note: May prepare up to 1 day in advance and store, covered in the refrigerator. Reheat before serving.


caite 6/15/13, 6:30 AM  

that sounds yummy...and off to check out those carrots!

Tina 6/15/13, 7:18 AM  

Holy cow, that sounds good! I love carbs :-) This is, as you said, a good one to make earlier. I will certainly try this one and now I am off to check out your carrot recipe.

rhapsodyinbooks 6/15/13, 7:38 AM  

I might try this. Both Jim and his mom are total potato freaks. Usually I just ply them with latkes! (bought from the deli of course, not actually made by me) :--)

Sandy Nawrot 6/15/13, 7:44 AM  

Oooh I love potatoes! I might even pretend there is no spinach in this, if there is enough cheese in it!

Heather Webb 6/15/13, 7:51 AM  

I have a very similar recipe, actually, and it's always a hit. They're delicious left over, too!

Marg 6/15/13, 8:19 AM  

Whoops. My link is not actually to a review! It is to a recipe for lamb shanks.

These potatoes sound delish!

Paula 6/15/13, 9:15 AM  

Those potatoes sound delicious! The cookbook is beautiful and I always judge a book by it's cover...

(Diane) bookchickdi 6/15/13, 9:35 AM  

Ok, that cover is gorgeous and I'm pinning the Party Potatoes recipe. My family would love it. Enjoy the weekend.

bermudaonion 6/15/13, 9:49 AM  

I'm not much of a potato person but this recipe intrigues me because of the spinach and cheese, both of which I love!

Joy 6/15/13, 10:51 AM  

That sounds delicious and a great festive dish for parties!

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JoAnn 6/15/13, 11:42 AM  

The potatoes sound so good... and the spinach makes them healthy, right? ;-) Off to check out the carrots.

Unknown 6/15/13, 2:20 PM  

Ohhh...party potatoes sound AMAZING! I don't think I trust myself to make these and not eat the entire batch myself without even telling my family I've made them.

Beth Hoffman 6/15/13, 7:07 PM  

I love just about anything with spinach and this potato dish sounds wonderful!

Unknown 6/15/13, 8:11 PM  

Wow this sounds good!! I like most anything with a potato, add cheese and spinach..better

Andi 6/16/13, 8:36 AM  

Yum yum yum! Potatoes are such comfort food. I don't eat them often, but I love them!

Meghan 6/16/13, 10:27 AM  

These sound delicious! I love potatoes, cheese, and spinach, so this could hardly go wrong for me. I'll have to give it a try!

Margot 6/16/13, 3:04 PM  

I can't wait to try this potato dish! Combining potatoes and spinach is new to me but, as I read the recipe, it sounds delicious.

Heather 6/16/13, 4:26 PM  

quite the compliment when people remember your dish and ask for it again. I am usually asked to bring baking which I love to share.

Sue Jackson 6/16/13, 5:08 PM  

You got to go to BEA? Lucky you! Sounds like you've been busy but having lots of fun.

The potatoes sound delicious (though a bit too dairy-heavy for me, unfortunately).

Hope you enjoy the graduation party and strawberry festival - yum!


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Heather 6/19/13, 7:57 AM  

Oh YUM! I love potatoes and these sound awesome. I'm adding that to my file to try!

Julie P. 6/24/13, 6:24 PM  

Those potatoes sound delicious and I can see why there are never any left.

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