One Potato, Two Potato…

I recently returned to Northern NY to visit my parents.  They have been married for 62 years and let me tell you, my Dad has been eating well during those years.  My Mom, Frannie, can take recipes and make them perfection.  In fact, I don’t think she even uses recipes anymore.  Living on a farm for their entire married life, they had access to the best vegetables and meat.  And, boy, was it a meat and potatoes house.  One food my Dad has to have daily is potatoes.  My Mom could creatively cook them any which way giving them unique and wonderful flavors.  My favorite, though, was the simplest – Creamed New Potatoes.  I’m not saying it’s a “healthy” recipe, but it sure is tasty.

Creamed New Potatoes

15-20 new potatoes
1 onion, chopped

2 tbsps. Butter

2  cups half and half

Salt & Pepper


Scrape and wash new potatoes. Place in saucepan and cover with cold water and boil until tender. Pour off water immediately or potatoes will mush. While potatoes are boiling, sauté chopped onion in deep skillet until caramelized. Add cooked potatoes to onion and pour in half and half.  Bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring periodically.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Sauce will thicken, but if you want it gravy-like, then add a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken it.


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