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16.10.12

COOKING LARGE NEW POTATOES


 
Large new potatoes can be tricky to boil. They are more fragile than regular potatoes. Consequently they cook faster and fall apart rather quickly. Never salt the cooking water of new potatoes. Try to select similar sizes for even cooking. Always bring the water to full boil before adding the potatoes. Reduce the heat to medium and cover the pot. Depending on the size new potatoes can be ready from 5 to 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes of cooking time is the most you will ever need to cook new potatoes. Start to check on them after 5 minutes. Aim to undercook them, if the knife meets with a little resistance in the middle, remove from the heat, pour off the water, cover and let them soften up in the residual heat. Wait 15-20 minutes before peeling them. Sprinkle them with salt and pour melted butter on the top. Do not leave new potatoes soaking in water before or after cooking; the nutrients will seep out into the water and the cooked potatoes will soak up water and then they fall apart as you serve them.
 
large new potatoes
salt to taste
melted butter
 
• Select similar sized potatoes.
• Wash and scrub them if need to.
• Place a pot of water on the stove and bring it to full boil.
• Add the potatoes and bring it back to boil.
• Reduce heat for a slow steady simmer and cover the pot.
• Begin checking the potatoes after five minutes. Aim for slightly undercooking. Use a sharp knife, not a fork.
• When the knife meets with a little resistance in the middle, remove from heat.
• Pour off the water and cover the pot immediately.
• Wait 15-20 minutes and no peeking!
• Peel off the skin with a sharp pairing knife and place the potatoes in a warmed serving dish.
• Sprinkle with salt and pour melted butter on the top and serve.

2 comments:

  1. I think I'm too messy a cook to follow such precise instructions, this is why my young potatoes sometimes end up in pieces... Thanks for the tips.

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  2. Gosh Sissi, I used to do that too, I can't tell you how many times I cooked them apart. Then one day I sat next to the stove and timed and wrote down everything. I actually use the timer on my stove now, it's rather shrill and you can't ignore it. When it's almost ready I will set the timer for mere 1 minute intervals lest I forget about them. These can cook apart so fast!

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