Said to have been invented as a late-night antidote to alcohol at a New York restaurant called
Prick the skins of the potatoes and lightly rub with oil. Bake in a hot oven until tender and then allow to cool. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides with a melon scoop.
Fry the skins in oil until crisp, rub each half inside with
‘This root, no matter how you prepare it, is tasteless and floury. It cannot pass for an agreeable food; but it supplies a food sufficiently abundant and sufficiently healthy for men who ask only to sustain themselves … The potato is blamed and with reason, for its windiness; but what is a question of wind to the virile organs of the peasant and workers … an Egyptian fruit whose cultivation may possibly have some value in the colonies.’
L’Encyclopédieby Diderot, 1746.
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