Southern Stewed Potatoes

Southern Stewed Potatoes
If you were raised in the South, you grew up eating stewed potatoes at least a couple of times a month, if not every week. Served with cornbread and blackeyed peas, stewed potatoes were a real treat from any proper old Southerner’s childhood. And, to our friends up North, no, this is not a kind of potato soup.

Prep time:20 mins
Cook time:35 mins
Total time:55 mins

6-8 large potatoes (peeled and cubed, about 1-inch cubes)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons bacon grease (optional)
1 pinch onion flakes
2 tablespoons flour
A ½ cup of water
½ cup milk
3 tablespoons butter

Peel and cube the potatoes, put in a medium pot and fill with water until it's about 2 inches above potatoes.
Bring to a boil (you want the potatoes cooked to they are just fork tender, not falling apart.
After the potatoes are done, keep them in the same water you cooked them in and reduce to a low heat.
Put the flour and half cup of water in a bowl and blend with a whisk until the flour is dissolved.
Stirring constantly, but carefully, add the dissolved flour and water into the pot with the potatoes and water. Allow a few minutes to cook on simmer so that it can thicken.
Add more flour if you want it thicker, or more water if you want it thinner.
Add milk, salt, pepper, onion flakes and butter or bacon grease (if desired - it's fine without the bacon grease). Season to taste.

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