Tuesday, November 23, 2010

192. Bacon-tied Potatoes with Onion, Easy (G)

Story: An aging man lived alone and his only son was in prison. Unfortunately, the old man didn't know anyone who would help him turn over the soil in his potato garden. The man wrote to his son about his problem, and received this reply, "For HEAVENS SAKE, Dad, don't dig in that garden, that's where I buried the GUNS!"

At 4 a.m. the next morning, a dozen policemen showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn't find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next.

His son's reply was: "Just plant your potatoes, Dad."

I love this joke about one of my favorite vegetables - the potato ... a food which satisfies, is versatile and less expensive per pound than most other vegetables.

Growing up, we had three choices for potatoes - red, a thin-skinned white and russet. The first two were usually boiled and the third was baked or fried. Today, most consumers are able to buy and enjoy red and russet potatoes along with yellow, or Yukon Gold, and sometimes blue and purple potatoes.

Potatoes are wonderful in soups and stews, salads, main dishes and side dishes. They are  also great baked, fried and boiled. Potatoes often show up at breakfast, lunch and dinner and have even be included as a dessert ingredient when I do the cooking!

The recipe for bacon-tied, onion potatoes probably started out as camper-food but, it turns out just as well baked in a traditional oven. This is an easy meal to prepare on a night when you are just too tired to do much cooking.

Bacon-tied Potatoes with Onion

1 medium sweet onion, sliced
2 large red potatoes, halved lengthwise
4 strips of bacon

Divide onions on the bottom half of each potato. Replace the top of each potato and wind each potato with two bacon strips. Secure with toothpicks. Place potatoes in a loaf pan or baking pan and tent loosely with foil. Bake, at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Continue baking until potato is tender and bacon is crispy. Remove toothpicks before serving. To serve, coarsely mash or cut up potato with a fork and add butter or margarine to taste. Serves 2

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