Wednesday, October 20, 2021

A New Way to Cook Potatoes

Potatoes are universally loved, whether eaten as French fries, mashed, or hashbrowns. America’s Test Kitchen, a popular cooking show, recently came up with a unique way of cooking potatoes that gives them an interesting flavor. They also created a recipe that uses the new cooking process.

A new dish

What America’s Test Kitchen did with potatoes was to braise them. This cooking method ensures that the potatoes are browned and savory on the outside while creamy and tender inside. During the first try, the team simmered the potatoes until tender and roasted them on a pan with oil on high heat.

However, this process resulted in potatoes having scorched undersides and washed out flavors. That is when the team realized that what they were doing was similar to”‘potstickers,” a popular Chinese dish. Potstickers are pan-fried jiaozi, also known as guotie or panstickers.

What America's Test Kitchen did with potatoes was to braise them. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)
What America’s Test Kitchen did with potatoes was to braise them. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Potstickers are browned in fat right from the beginning before they are simmered in water and are browned once more. The people behind the show took inspiration from this and created this new way. The dish is basically braised red potatoes with lemon and chives.

To make it, you need about 1 ½ lb of small red potatoes (halved and unpeeled), 2 cups of water, 3 tbsp of unsalted butter, 2 tbsp of minced chives, 1 tsp lemon juice, ¾ tsp salt, ¼ tsp pepper, 3 garlic cloves, and 3 sprigs of thyme.

First, cut the potatoes side down and arrange them in a single layer in a skillet. Add the water, garlic, salt, butter, and thyme. Bring it to a simmer at medium-high heat. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium, cover with a lid, and cook for about 15 minutes by which time the potatoes should be tender. Then, take off the lid and remove the garlic cloves from the skillet. Mince the garlic until it becomes a paste. Mix it with some pepper and lemon juice and keep it aside.

When the water in the pan evaporates and the butter starts sizzling, the potatoes should start to brown. Once they are spotty brown, turn off the heat. Add in the garlic paste and toss the dish thoroughly. The new dish is ready for you to consume. This recipe should serve about 4 to 6 people. Try it out and see how you like it. As a side benefit, eating potatoes comes with a host of benefits like better blood sugar control, improved digestion, and so on.


If you are interested in trying out the Chinese dish that inspired America’s Test Kitchen, follow this recipe for fried potstickers. First, make sure you have these ingredients ready — 1 lb of ground pork, 1 cup shredded green cabbage, 36 wonton wrappers, 3 ounces of diced shiitake mushrooms, 2 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp hoisin, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 2 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp Sriracha sauce, ¼ tsp white pepper, 2 garlic cloves, and 2 thinly sliced green onions.

 Potstickers with chili oil. (Image: Nakashi via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
Potstickers with hot chili oil. (Image: Nakashi via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Take a bowl and combine pork, mushrooms, cabbage, green onions, garlic, ginger, white pepper, hoisin, Sriracha, and sesame oil. Place the wrappers on the work area and fill the center with one spoon of the pork mixture. Rub the edges of the wrapper with water and fold it in the shape of a half-moon while punching the sides so as to seal the edges well.

Heat some oil in a skillet and add the potstickers until the bottom becomes golden brown. Drizzle some water and cover the skillet, letting the potstickers steam for about 3 minutes. Remove the lid and let the potstickers continue to cook until the bottom is crunchy and brown. Once done, you can serve them with soy sauce with a dash of sesame seed oil, or hot chili oil.

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Raven Montmorency
Raven Montmorency is a pen name used for a writer based in India. She has been writing with her main focus on Lifestyle and human rights issues around the world.

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