Green Potatoes (Shirley Nicholson, '43 Club)

Susan Feliciano


This recipe has quite a history behind it.
First, it came from a community cookbook called "Cooking Behind the Fence." Published by the '43 Club of Oak Ridge, TN, it is filled with recipes from the early residents of Oak Ridge, during World War II when it was known as the Manhattan Project. The city of Oak Ridge was a major player in ending that war.
Second, none of the early residents of Oak Ridge were from Oak Ridge - it was a brand new city, a "secret city" and many of the young wives who came to live there didn't even know where they were! But they brought their family's recipes with them from all over the country, sometimes all over the world. This recipe originated in Sweden, but there are also "Green Potato" dishes native to the Dutch and the Irish.
Hope you enjoy this one. I love spinach, and I love mashed potatoes, so this one is real winner with me. I was born and raised in Oak Ridge, and the cooks in this cookbook are the parents of all my school friends.


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25 Min
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  • 6 medium
  • 3/4 c
    light cream
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 lb
    butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp
    chopped chives
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp
    chopped dill leaves
  • 1 pkg
    frozen spinach

How to Make Green Potatoes (Shirley Nicholson, '43 Club)


  1. Peel, dice and cook potatoes until tender. Mash them with cream, butter, sugar, salt, and pepper. Beat until light and fluffy. Add chives, dill leaves (or 1 1/2 tsp dried dill), and spinach cooked according to package directions, seasoned to taste.
  2. Beat until mixture is blended. Taste for seasoning; add salt and pepper if needed. Place in a 1 1/2 quart greased casserole. Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  3. Notations from the cookbook on this recipe are:
    "Best made with real butter and cream if you can get it" (remember, this was during the war). "Experiment, use other greens, or use milk for cream, and oleo for butter."

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About Green Potatoes (Shirley Nicholson, '43 Club)

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: Swedish
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Healthy, Heirloom

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