Potatoes are one of the most valuable of vegetables. They are easy to grow, and will grow just about anywhere as long as the soil is workable and the area gets plenty of rainfall.
Mash and season with butter and salt half a dozen boiled white potatoes, add a little grated onion and chopped parsley.
Sift together in a bowl 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoonful baking powder and a little salt.
Add a small quantity of milk to one egg if not enough liquid to mix into a soft dough.
Roll out like pie crust, handling as little as possible. Cut into small squares, fill with the potato mixture, turn opposite corners over and pinch together all around like small, three-cornered pies. Drop the small triangular pies into boiling, salted water a few minutes, or until they rise to top; then skim out and brown them in a pan containing a tablespoonful each of butter and lard.
Germans call these “Garden Birds.” Stale bread crumbs, browned in butter, may be sprinkled over these pies when served. Serve hot.
These are really pot pie or dumplings with potato filling.
All young housewives may not know “that there is more real food value in potatoes baked ‘in their jackets’ than is found in preparing this well-known tuber in any other way.” The secret of a good baked potato lies in having a hot oven, but not too hot.
Scrub good sized potatoes, or, for a change, they may be pared before baking, place in a hot oven, and bake about 45 minutes, when they should be a snowy, flaky mass inside the skins, palatable and wholesome. When fully baked they should fed soft to the touch when pressed.
Medium-sized potatoes, pared, cut in half lengthwise, and baked in a hot oven 25 to 40 minutes, until the outside of the potato is a light brown, make a pleasant change from boiled potatoes. When baked the proper length of time and served at once, the inside of potato should be light and flaky.
Serve rice or macaroni and omit potatoes from the bill of fare, especially in the spring of the year.
Potatoes should always be served as soon as baked, if possible. Potatoes may be baked in less than a half hour in a gas oven.