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7 December 2018: Baked Potatoes

December 7, 2018

Tags: Classical Southern Cooking, Classic Southern Cooking, Baked Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes, Baked Mashed Potatoes, Potatoes, Historical Southern Cooking

Old Fashioned Baked Potatoes: boiled and mashed potatoes mixed with butter, milk and salt, then spread in a casserole, topped with a sprinkling of black pepper, and baked until golden brown on the top.
When we nowadays hear “baked potato,” what automatically comes to mind is a fat russet potato baked whole in, as the old cooks would have put it, “its jacket,” until the outside is crispy and and the inside is fluffy and dry.

But before wood burning iron cookstoves and later, gas and electric ranges replaced the open hearth in the kitchen, that was called a “roasted potato,” which for us today usually means potatoes that are cut up, tossed with oil, and baked at a high temperature. (more…)