This post title has been inspired by a great post that I stumbled upon on the platters blog. I love the creativity of the idea so much that I’ve been able to play around with it in my own kitchen.
When I first saw the pic of platters on the blog I thought it was a joke. But then I noticed the title. I didn’t think it was a joke at first, but it grew on me. When I saw it in Italian I thought it was really cool that they’d actually thought of the idea.
A quick note to the platters blog readers: I am one! I have been meaning to say this since I found my way here: I’m going to continue supporting you guys. I love your work and I love your philosophy of making food. If you ever need a cook, I’d always love to assist.
I love this idea, I love that they tried to make something with meat and vegetables.. And I love that we can use our imaginations to make something from a combination of these ingredients. I dont care if it is meat, potatoes, or even lettuce, I love platters.
The main problem with making platters is that it can be so expensive. For example, here in the states, a bowl of potato salad costs about $18. That’s way too much to make for a single dish. If you are lucky enough to have the ingredients for a potato salad, you are better off purchasing a large bag of pre-soaked potatoes from a bulk food store.
The good news is that the cost of ingredients in platters is relatively low and you can use them as many times as you want. The bad news is that you are probably going to have to cook a lot of potato salad to really make it worth your while.
I was thinking that the fact that the word “potato” is a plural was a bit of a red flag. The idea of eating a single potato was so absurd that it was hard for me to imagine myself doing it. But with that in mind, if you have a bowl of potato salad, it’s probably best to start with less than half of a potato. You can use the rest as a garnish, but it only takes up a few bites.
Potato salad is so American that it’s easy to forget that the word in the singular form is the plural. I remember when I first arrived in Europe in the summer of 2007, I was so confused about the plural, I couldn’t remember whether it was “potsati” or “potato.
We’ve all had the experience of accidentally eating a potato that wasnt even a potato. It’s hard to see the point of it, because that doesn’t actually mean anything. The only thing it does is distract you from the good stuff. That’s a good thing.
It’s true. And, in fact, it’s the same for salad. In fact, it’s one of the most important ingredients in the world. It’s also one of the most misunderstood ingredients because it can be so easy to just throw it on a salad and forget about it.