The Seasonal Ingredient

  • Bowl of assorted types of potatoes

     

    There are thousands of different potato varieties but not all are commercially available. Popular ones include Russet, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Desiree and Fingerling. Learn more about the versatile veggie!

    Fun Facts About Potatoes:

    1. The potato is about 80% water and 20% solids.
    2. An 8 ounce baked or boiled potato has only about 100 calories.
    3. Thomas Jefferson gets the credit for introducing “french fries” to America when he served them at a White House dinner.
    4. In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.
    5. The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.
    6. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest potato grown was 7 pounds 1 ounce by J. East (1953) and J. Busby (1982) of Great Britain.

Baked Chicken Potato Casserole

  • Baked Chicken Potato Casserole in glass casserole dish

    A Recipe to Make with the Kids!

    Ingredients (Makes 5 Servings)

    1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed
    4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
    4 slices bacon, diced
    1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 cup heavy cream

    Directions

    Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9” x 9” baking pan or casserole dish with oil. Spread half of the cubed potatoes in bottom of pan. Place the cubed chicken breasts evenly on top. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Sprinkle with half the bacon slices and 1/2 cup of the cheese. For the second layer, spread the remaining diced potatoes on top, followed by the remaining bacon, another 1/2 cup cheese and another 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover the pan and bake for another 30 minutes. In the last 10 minutes, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake until the cheese is slightly crusty. Enjoy!