A TUBER THAT TRAVELS: POTATO RECIPES FROM EVERY CORNER OF EUROPE FOR THE DELIGHT OF THE LITTLE ONES!
Baked, pan-fried, mashed, you can do everything with potatoes. But there is no such thing as the best kind of potato, because there are more than 5,000 types worldwide. OK, let’s not be know-it-alls! The important thing to know is that there is a kind of potato for every single recipe and preference. It’s impossible not to find one your child likes!
The waxy-types are particularly suitable for baked dishes, potato salads and stews, while floury-type that fall apart more easily are best for croquettes, soup, mashed or pureed. At your nearest Lidl, you can find many different kinds of potatoes.
Potato recipes: a European love affair
Although potatoes are native to South America, they are the undisputed queens of European cuisine. There are many potato recipes: in Germany, we have a potato salad for every season: prepared on the barbecue in summer or as a traditional Christmas dish. Sometimes with mayonnaise and cucumbers, sometimes Swabian-style with onions and vinaigrette. In Poland, the potatoes are even the filling of the national dish: the famous pierogi. In Spain, you can taste them on every corner, in a tasty baked tortilla with potatoes and eggs. But usually children just prefer good old mashed or pureed potatoes.
Homemade potato puree
Making pureed potatoes at home is not difficult. With floury potatoes success is guaranteed! Simply peel a kilogram of potatoes and cut them into pieces. Depending on the size, cook for 15 minutes in salted water, drain and press through a potato ricer. Heat a cup of milk and add it to the potatoes along with 40 grams of butter, salt and a little nutmeg.
A colourful type? Of course! Children love these things! Here's how: it’s easy to add colour to the basic recipe for puree. Replace 300 g of potatoes with peas and mash them well together. There it is: green puree. If you use 300 g pumpkin instead, the puree is orange and takes on a definitely sweet note. Cauliflower and celery don’t change its colour but... the flavour! So, which puree did you decide to prepare today? You can certainly find all the ingredients at LIDL.
The taste of holidays
It's not just the Germans who love potatoes. They are loved in Spain as well, in addition to the famous tortilla, here is another very simple recipe: Papas Arrugadas, which practically means wrinkled potatoes. A specialty of the Canary Islands. Proceed like this:
1 kilogram of small waxy-type potatoes, carefully rub clean and cook in a pot with 150 g of salt. Cover with water and boil for about 20 minutes, avoid overcooking them. Drain the water but leave the pot on the stove. Now let the potatoes shrivel up moving the pan a couple of times to move the potatoes around. This forms a wrinkled crust of salt. Usually accompanied with mojo verde, a green sauce made from peppers, coriander, garlic, vinegar and olive oil.
Potato soup - comfort food par excellence
Sometimes you need something to nourish the spirit which is good and hot. Why not potato soup?
- 1 kg floury-type potatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 bunch soup vegetables (carrots, leeks, celery, cauliflower, parsley)
- 20 g butter
- Salt, pepper, KANIA vegetable broth, nutmeg
- Optional: 100 ml cream, 100 g cream cheese, possibly herbs
Peel the potatoes and cut into a large dice, clean and dice the onion, clean the soup vegetables and cut it into small pieces. Melt butter in the pot and sauté the onions. Add the soup vegetables and continue to sauté. After five minutes, add the potatoes, sprinkle with salt and cover with water. Cook for 10-15 minutes depending on the size. Blend vegetables with a blender. Be careful not to work too long with the mixer, otherwise the soup can become gluey. Salumeo wurstel from Lidl, for example, a smoked pork chop or a piece of bacon can be added to the soup.