Stop everything you're doing. Quit doing work, watching TV, completing chores, surfing the Web or doing anything else that's sucking away your precious brain activity so you can focus entirely on these words: National Potato Day is Aug. 19.
That's right! Your all-time favorite food's nationally recognized holiday is just around the corner. Commence the mouthwatering and think of the possibilities. Scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, french fries, hash browns, shepherd's pie, baked potatoes, waffle fries, potato pancakes, potato salad, potato bread, potato soup, tater tots, hassleback potatoes, home fries, potato casserole, potato chips - you can do it all! More than that, you're encouraged to because these glorious spuds only get one special day per year, and it's meant to be a glorious, starchy celebration.
The king of the veggie kingdom
Sure, potatoes may be "officially" classified as a starch to some, but that doesn't stop them from being the leading vegetable crop in the United States, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. In fact, Americans' intense passion for potato foodstuffs drives us to consume 140 pounds of potatoes per person per year, according to the Northern Plain Potato Growers Association. By those numbers, the average American eats over 1/3 pound of potatoes every day. Anyone celebrating National Potato Day knows that average won't be the case come Aug. 19, however.
Kick off the day with roasted sweet potatoes
There's only one way to start the joyous holiday activities. Celebrate with the sweetest recipe around: honey-roasted sweet potatoes.
What you'll need
Preparation is quick and easy. All you need are:
- 2 pounds of sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper for taste
- First, peel and wash your sweet potatoes. Cut them into small square chunks and put them into a baking dish.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the honey and olive oil.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Drizzle the honey and olive oil over the sweet potatoes and mix until the chunks are finely coated.
- Sprinkle on a tiny portion of rosemary, salt and pepper for a little added flavor and put them in the oven for one hour or until the potatoes are tender.
And your sweet potato dish is complete! Sweet potatoes can be a healthy and delicious snack, and they're a perfect way to begin the holiday.
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