Pan Potatoes


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Appears in

The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

  • About

Potatoes were ubiquitous on tables throughout Britain in the Downton era, and recipes for them were plentiful. Boiled and roasted were the most popular ways to prepare them, but potato straws, potato waffles, and crisp fried paper-thin slices were also common. During the war years, eating potatoes was encouraged because the British crop was abudant.

Wartime cookery books and Ministry of Food leaflets provided ideas on how to to use potatoes in nearly every way you can imagine. In May Byron’s The Great War Cook Book, published in 1915, potatoes are featured in nineteen recipes, not including the vegetable and potato chapters. There were even demonstrations on how to use potato flour in place of wheat flour in an attempt to get home cooks to reduce their use of the harder-to-grow grain.

This simple yet beautiful dish comes from Dorothy Allhusen’s A Book of Scents and Dishes, a striking collection of recipes from upper-class families published in the mid-1920s and sold to raise money for charity. The recipe creates a wonderfully modern potato dish that is a perfect accompaniment to roast meats and fish dishes.