Without doubt the potato is the most eaten vegetable in the world. Do not believe it? In one year alone each person eats an average of 242 pounds of potato. This is not a surprise considering that this vegetable is such a plentiful and versatile food. The potato, first discovered by the Spanish conquistadors in the Andes of Peru, can grow at a higher altitude and in colder climate than any other crop except barley. In fact, it is said to produce more food per acre than any other northern food crop. Due to the wide variety of potatoes available, and the fact that they could be cooked in so many different ways, this vegetable became one of the most important food sources on the continent. Because most people perceive potatoes to consist of potato chips and fries; they are missing on a real delicacy. There are thousands of main entrÃ©e recipes using potatoes.
One of those recipes is the â€œCheese & Potato Layer Bake.â€ This is a quick dish to prepare, and it can be left to cook in the oven without needing any more attention. This dish serves four. It contains 766 calories, 44g of protein, 60g of carbohydrates, 14g of sugar, 40g of fat and 23g of saturated fats. The ingredients include:.
2lb unpeeled waxy potatoes cut into wedges.
2 tbsp butter.
1 red onion, halved and sliced.
2 garlic cloves, crushed.
2 tbsp flour.
2 Â½ cups milk.
14 oz canned artichoke hearts in brine, drained and halved.
5 Â½ oz frozen mixed vegetables, thawed.
1 Â¼ cups graded Swiss cheese.
1 Â¼ cups grated sharp cheese.
Â½ cup crumbled Gorgonzola.
Â¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
8 oz bean curd, sliced.
2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme.
Salt and pepper .
First, cook the potato wedges in a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Then drain completely. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook over a low heat, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes. Then stir the flour into the pan and cook, stirring constantly, for about one minute.