And Maine’s Most Beloved Potato Dish Is…..
Today, August 19th, is the annual National Potato Day. It's a day that we celebrate what may be the most popular vegetable on the planet.
Potatos have always been there for us in our time of need. They're affordable and it seems like anyway you cook 'em they go a long way. They're currently handed out to families in food pantries nationwide and during Americans time of need when the country was fighting World Wars and going through a depression they were handed out in the streets to those that needed them as well.
Besides being one of Maine's most well-known and produced products they're grown in every state in the country too. But of course as we're fully aware, Maine potatos are the best! When we hear that a friend or relative is heading north into Aroostook County one of our first thoughts is to have them bring back a bag or two of goodness.
So how do we like them here in Maine? Mashed, baked, fried, roasted, in a soup, in a salad, or as part of one of the many casseroles that one could come up with? Nope.
According to the folks at Zippia.com who did a little research on the topic, Maine's favorite potato dish is not really a dish at all.
We like potato chips.
Regular, baked, kettle or crammed into a can, we dig them. Cheddar, whole grain, vinegar, nacho cheese, barbecue, salted or unsalted, bring 'em on, we'll eat them.
So stuff a bag of of potato chips into your lunch bag along with that peanut butter and jelly sandwich because you're not alone. Evidently everyone else in Maine is doing the same.