EAGLE, ID, October 8, 2007 - Au Gratin Potatoes is the most requested recipe this year among the 500+ recipes posted on the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) website, and has long been a favorite of the nearly 100,000 monthly visitors to www.idahopotato.com. According to the IPC, which has been tracking recipe requests from home and professional cooks visiting its website since 1997, Baked Mashed Potatoes and As Good as Mashed Potatoes (But Fat Free!) - traditional and savory variations of traditional mashed potato recipes - round-out the top three recipes for 2007, followed by directions for preparing the time-honored Baked Potato. Conversely, the least requested recipe, likely due to the high cost of ingredients, is for potato chips dressed with herbs, balsamic syrup and white truffle oil.
"When you consider the ease and versatility of Au Gratin Potatoes as a side dish that compliments just about any meat and poultry, it's easy to understand why this recipe takes top honors among visitors to our website," said IPC President/CEO, Frank Muir. "Our version of Au Gratin Potatoes is conventional but may be adapted to suit every taste with popular additions including broccoli, ham, garlic, and even Porcini mushrooms," explained Muir. "We hope this delicious casserole graces American tables for many years to come!"
The IPC's recipe for Au Gratin Potatoes is based on the traditional Gratin, which refers to a type of casserole from French cuisine that is covered with cheese or B?chamel sauce, topped with buttered breadcrumbs and either baked or broiled. Midwesterners commonly refer to the same dish as scalloped potatoes.
Delmonico's Restaurant claims to have introduced potatoes au gratin to American diners when it opened in New York City in 1827 as the first "fine dining" establishment in the United States. Famous patrons, many of whom likely enjoyed Au Gratin Potatoes, included: Jenny Lind, Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, "Diamond Jim" Brady, Lillian Russell, Charles Dickens, J.P. Morgan, and Napoleon III.
Au Gratin Potatoes - #1 Most Popular Recipe
Note: For a healthier version, try Enlightened Au Gratin Potatoes, see recipe below.
Enlightened Au Gratin Potatoes - NEW version of #1 Most Popular Recipe
As Good As Mashed Potatoes (But Fat Free!) - #2 Most Popular Recipe
Note: For a great potato salad, add chopped onion, celery, pickles, hard cooked eggs and some fat-free mayonnaise or sour cream to your leftovers.
Baked Mashed Potatoes - #3 Most Popular Recipe
Note: For a healthier version, try Enlightened Baked Mashed Potatoes, see recipe below.
Baked Mashed Potatoes - NEW version of #3 Most Popular Recipe
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous "Grown in Idaho®" seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho's ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.
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