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An easy Potato Porridge recipe that needs simple ingredients, gets ready in a few minutes and is perfect for lunch or midweek dinner. Potatoes are a great substitute for african yams in many recipes and this luscious potato pottage is one of them. Interested? Learn how to prepare this easy potato recipe in a few steps, photos included.
Potato Porridge (Potato Pottage)
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That being said we haven’t eaten yams for a while. I usually don’t buy yams in bulk because if you don’t eat them up within a certain period of time, they go bad and since I am trying to live a low carb life , that simply means I don’t need to buy an entire box. I buy what my family needs.
But If I get it on sale which is rare, the frugal mama in me kicks in HAHA, so I may decide to buy in bulk and freeze. Anyway yesterday the kiddos were craving some yam porridge. I decided to run by the African Store and pick up some yams.
The yams were 2 (7in) yams for $16 hmmm I was like what?? ??? nahhh…. Since i had been toying with the idea of making yam porridge with potatoes, I decided to go ahead and give it a go. Need I say it turned out so delicoius I had to share.
What is the best potato for Potato Porridge (Pottage)
Unlike Mashed Potatoes, Potato Porridge is more forgiving with respect to the type of potatoes that would work perfectly. All potatoes are actually welcome to this recipe. I like to use Russet and Idaho Potatoes most of the time but I have also used Yukon gold and Red potataoes. I also have a delicious Kale sweet potato porridge you should check out.
Ingredients needed to make this delicious Potato Pottage
- Potato of choice. Russet, Idaho or Irish, Yukon, etc. Check this post for Sweet Potato Porridge.
- Crayfish Powder (can substitute with fish powder)
- Chicken Bouillon Powder
- Red Bell Pepper
- Green Bell Pepper (Optional)
- Palm oil (can be substituted with vegetable oil)
How to make Potato Porridge (Pottage)
*This is an overview with step by step photos, full recipe instructions can be found in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this page.
Pic 1-3; Add water to cubed potataoes, turn on heat, add chopped onions, pepper flakes, etc see recipe card for full details. Cook till tender.
Pic 4-6; Blend red bell peppers, heat up oil and sautee onions
Pic 7-9; Add blended bell pepper to sauteed onions cook, then add to cooked potatoes.A Yummy Yam Porridge Recipe substitute for when those African Yams turn to GOLD. Click To Tweet
Quick Recipe Notes and Tips
- The potatoes can easily get over cooked and become mushy still delicious but not what we are aiming for. Make sure to keep an eye on it while it cooks.
- Because of the waxy nature of some potatoes you may need more water than when you are making traditional yam pottage/porridge. If you notice its too thick, dont be afraid to add more liquid.
- You can substitute water for stock. If you decide to do that cut down on the boiuillon and salt.
Other Potato Recipes to try
- Mashed Potatoes; learn to make the best mashed Potatoes with tips
- Double fried French Fries; restaurant style french fries Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside.
- Sweet Potato Porridge; a delicious twist to traditional yam porridge
- Cottage Pie; The best thing that happened to meats and potatoes
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Potato Porridge Recipe ( Potato Pottage)
- 5 lbs potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
- 2 medium Red bell peppers coarsely blended
- 1/2 medium green bell pepper chopped
- 2 medium onions chopped and divided
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground crayfish or 2 cans of Tuna fish.
- 1/2 Tablespoon Pepper flakes
- 1/2 Tablespoon bouillon powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt more to taste
- 1/2 -3/4 cup palm oil
- Put the quartered potatoes in a clean pot.
- Add enough water to a level about 1 inch above the and potatoes in the pot.
- Add chopped onions, crayfish, bouillon, salt
- Cook till the potatoes are tender.
- While the potatoes are cooking, begin to prepare the sauce.
- Sauté 1/2 of chopped onions till transluscent and fragrant.
- Pour in the coarsely blended red bell peppers, add salt and cook till liquid evaporates and it's reduced in volume.
- Add the chopped green bell pepper if using, stir, then turn off heat.
- Pour sauce into pot of cooked potatoes, mix in to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust accoedingly. (don't worry if some of the potatoes are broken, while you mix that's what helps to thicken the sauce of the yummy porridge.)
- Allow to simmer for about a minute.
- Turn off heat. Serve warm
- It will be helpful if you start making the sauce as soon as you begin to cook the potataoes.
- You can add more oil up to 2 Tbsp if you’d like more oil