Thursday, May 21, 2015

Smothered Potatoes

Smothered Potatoes are the ultimate comfort food!  This was a staple in my house growing up.  My Mama made them all the time and even though I've been trying for years, I can't seem to make them as good as her's (maybe I'm not supposed to, right?).  But, they're still pretty good.


5 medium Idaho potatoes (they have the right starch content)
1 medium yellow onion
Salt, pepper, Cajun Seasoning to taste
Low sodium Chicken broth (or water)
Bacon grease (you can use oil, but bacon grease is magical)

Peel the potatoes and cut into small chunks.  Chop onion into similar sized pieces.

Heat about three Tablespoons of grease in a big pot (with a lid) over medium-high heat.  Once hot, add onions and potatoes.  Stir to coat in grease, then let cook to get a little color on the potatoes, stirring occasionally.  You just want them to brown a bit.

Then, season to taste with salt, pepper and Cajun seasoning.  Stir well.  Then, add about 1/4 cup chicken broth (or water but broth adds more flavor) stir and put the lid on tight.  Turn down to medium-low heat.  Let it steam for about 5 minutes.

Remove the lid.  Stir.  Then repeat the process.  Add a little more broth, stir and put the lid on.  Let steam.  Keep repeating this until the potatoes are tender and smothered down like this:

These potatoes are creamy, a little smoky from the bacon grease, savory from the chicken broth and just plain delicious!  My family absolutely loves them!  I can't seem to make enough.  It's a good thing this recipe is so easy.  The hardest part is peeling the potatoes.

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