Saturday, July 19, 2014

Potatoes and Onions with Peppers

Onions are popular and a versatile vegetables in the world. They can be eaten in a number of ways raw, sauteed, baked, grilled, stuffed, pickled or fried. 

It’s hard to know exactly when onions first popped up on the culinary scene; most historians agree that they have been domesticated and cultivated for at least 6000 years, may be longer. They were likely a prehistoric dietary staple for our ancestors. Onions are mentioned on ancient Babylonian tablets in recipe form dating all the way back to 1700-1600 BC. They’ve been used throughout history for a variety of purposes, primarily in cooking. Part of the onion’s popularity throughout the centuries is its versatility; it can be grown in a wide variety of climates and soils.

Ancient Egyptians believed onions symbolized eternity. Onions were used to feed the workers constructing the pyramids; they also appear on pyramid paintings. In Pompeii, remains of an onion basket were discovered in a brothel apparently, back then they were thought to encourage “carnal desire.” Nowadays they seem to have the opposite effect.

It never fails, when you slice a raw onion, your eyes will tear up. I have heard all kinds of things to stop the tears, nothing seems to work.

Do you have any tips on combating onion tears. I sure would love to hear your tips. Please leave a comments below.
Research Source: Tori Avey 

These potatoes and onions with peppers couldn’t be any easier. A delicious side dish.

Potato and Onions with Peppers
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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 small onion, chopped
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Heat the oil and melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and potatoes, stirring. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder and stir. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally,
Add bell pepper and crushed red pepper and stir to combine. Continue to cook about 5 to 8 minutes. Taste and season as needed. Serve and enjoy!


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