Sunday, November 11, 2012

Potato Peelings

Our next new food item is courtesy of the first mention of Mad-Eye Moody's paranoia about dark wizards and their potential creeping in his garbage cans:

"More likely there's a very shell-shocked cat wandering around somewhere, covered in potato peelings"(Goblet of Fire 160).

I haven't read the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (though I have heard it's excellent), but since learning about it, I have wanted to make a potato peel pie. I didn't know people made pies out of potato peels until hearing about Mary Ann Shaffer's novel, and now I get to make one! I'm using a recipe I found at Best Potato Recipes.

You Will Need:
2 cups raw, grated potato peels (with a little of the white to keep the crust tender)
Mashed potatoes
1/3 cup onion, grated
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbs flour

1. Mix together the potato peels, onion, egg, and flour. Grease a pie pan with butter.

2. Press the potato peel mixture into the greased pie pan, creating a crust.

3. Bake the crust at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
4. While the crust is cooking, make your mashed potatoes.
5. Add your mashed potatoes to the crust.

6. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees, and cook the pie for 10-15 more minutes, or until the peaks are starting to brown. 

This "pie" is quite dry, so I definitely recommend adding some gravy when you serve it! I like the idea of using potato peels to create a crust-- it might be a good choice for some kind of pot pie! Enjoy!