On a recent weeknight-tired of baked potatoes and frozen French fries-I went looking for a potato recipe that was a bit dressed up, but not difficult.
I found this recipe in the book Public School Domestic Science, published in 1898 by Canadian author and cook Adelaide Hoodless-also known as the founder of the international organization The Women’s Institute.
The wife of a furniture maker, Adelaide devoted herself to educational reform for women after her son died at the age of 18 months from drinking unpasteurized milk. Adelaide felt that if she’d been better educated, she could have prevented her son’s death. 95 years later, the WI has more than 208,000 members across the globe!
This recipe is so easy, it’s practically sinful. Here’s how you make Adelaide’s potato puffs:
• 6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and made into mashed potatoes
• Spices like chopped parsley, celery salt, or my old standby-Penzey’s Fox Point
• 2 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
After you’ve made the mashed potatoes, mix in whatever spices you like to add flavor (you can also add a bit of shredded cheese at this point, if you want).
Beat the egg whites and yolks separately. Stir the egg whites into the potatoes-this will bind them.
Shape them into balls or round patties on a greased cookie sheet. Brush the outsides with egg yolk.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the outsides just start to turn a little brown.
That’s it! You can serve these with some shredded cheese on top or a little butter or even a side of gravy. They make a great side dish. Enjoy!