Never mind, potatoes are not fast. And yet they come at different speeds. What slows them down is mostly their peel. Who wants to mess with that? Read below the results of my speed tests. investigation. For additional helpful information about potatoes, go to GOODNESS UNEARTHED.
“Potato salad, a piece of cake,” my mom recently said—emphatically. Yeah, right! It’s a 90-minute procedure. Of course, while I am boiling the golden Russets, there might be a 40-minute window to write a blog. But potato salad requires a good amount of foresight. Still, potatoes are my favorite vegetable.
Let’s look at the average potato speeds, four medium-sized specimens at a time, from start to finish.
- BAKED POTAOES: 65 min
- Wash the potatoes, wrap them in aluminum foil, bake them.
- Handling: 5 min; Cooking: 60 min
- STEAMED POTATOES: 64 min
- Like baked, only naked (no foil), 1 minute less handling
- FRENCH FRIES: 21 min
- Wash/scrub, peel, cut into sticks, deep fry in oil
- Handling: 16 min; Cooking: 5 min
- HASH BROWNS: 35 min
- Wash, peel, cut into small cubes/sticks, fry in low oil
- Handling: 14 min; Cooking: 15-20 min
- SALT POTATOES: 30 min
- Wash, peel, cut into 1-inch pieces (or wedges), cook in salt water.
- Handling: 15 min; Cooking: 15 min
- MASHED POTATOES: 33 min
- About the same as salt potatoes; add 3 min for mashing and mixing
- POTATO SOUP: 35 min
- About the same as salt potatoes; add 5 min for mashing & additional ingredients
- ROSEMARY/SPRING POTATOES: 40 min
- Wash/scrub, cut wedges, season and toss in oil/lemon, bake
- Handling: 10 min; Cooking: 30 min
- POTATO SALAD: 93 min
- Wash, steam, peel, slice, add ingredients, mix
- Handling: 18 min; Cooking: 60 min; Cool off: 15 min
- POTATOES AU GRATIN: 70 min
- Wash, peel, slice thinly, layer, add cheese sauce, bake in oven
- Handling: 25 min; cooking: 45 min
Among all the options, the rosemary potatoes are my most flavorful favorite. Potato salad is for special holidays, but in such a case, we always make a lot.
One friend of mine cooks potato salad like salt potatoes. She cooks small pieces of potato for ca. 15 minutes. Then she tosses out the water and adds vinegar and oil etc. This would be a method worth trying.
NOW, the buck does not stop here! You could make potato croquettes, Kartoffelpuffer or nests, Zwurler, Schneiderl, Grösti, scalloped potatoes, “tiki” (Indian fried and stuffed cutlets) or finally even potato dumplings. I haven’t tried making most of these, because I figured they’d flunk my minimum speed requirement. Still waiting for the day to write a potato a speeding ticket.
So, what is your fastest potato? Send me a recipe or suggestion to the comment box. Perhaps we can get some of these potatoes up to speed.