Granny Potatoes

A lady friend once asked me why she couldn’t make potatoes “like granny used to make”. I knew what she was talking about since people have been making these potatoes this way since they’ve had potatoes on hand. Many people in the American South remember this from their childhoods as one of those dishes that always appeared on the table. It’s true comfort food, and bespeaks of the poverty in our region. Simply peel and cut those lumpy red potatoes you see in the store into more or less bite-size pieces, boil them with water to cover by an inch until they’re just done. Add a smooth flour and water mixture (1:2T) and cook on a very low heat until quite thick. You can add bacon drippings or butter; not olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper.

2 Replies to “Granny Potatoes”

  1. Wow! I’d forgotten all about those potatoes! I specifically remember my mother fixing those when the preacher came for Sunday lunch one time. I couldn’t have been more than nine years old at the time. Thanks, Jesse!

  2. My mother made a white sauce and put cooked and cubed red potatoes in it. I bought some of those lumpy bumpy red potatoes last week to make them this week!

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