Potatoes are, indisputably, one of the noblest foods. Healthy, inexpensive, and filled with nutrients, potatoes are a key ingredient in all cuisines and can take many forms and seasonings. Mashed, baked, scalloped or boiled, potatoes pair well with sauces, are great side dishes for animal meats, and stand alone as filling vegetarian dishes.
With over 4.000 varieties of potato, the possibilities are endless. Read what we consider to be the 20 best potato recipes, covering a variety of flavors, textures, and methods of cooking.
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If you're preparing a big feast and all your stove burners and oven are busy, this simple and flavorful dish would be a great addition to your menu. Grab your slow cooker, prep for 15 minutes, and leave untouched for 5 to 7 hours.
Scalloped potatoes are usually confused with potatoes au gratin, and although both are thinly sliced, the difference is the use of cheese in au gratin while scalloped have heavy cream or milk. If you're not handy with a knife, try cubing them up instead. The cooking won't be affected and the result will be equally tasty.
02 of 20
Spice up your morning hash! Skillet made, these home fries are simple, quick, and suitable to be prepped ahead of time. Top with eggs, sausage, bacon, grated Parmesan cheese, greens, tofu, sour cream, or even serve them with steak or grilled chicken. Home fries can be a side to any meal or a vegetarian main by themselves that becomes vegan when you replace the butter with vegan margarine.
03 of 20
Although people use the terms roasting and baking interchangeably, the main difference is that when you roast, the food that you put in the oven is already solid, like potatoes, whereas baking gives solid structure to foods that aren't solid when put in the oven, like cake batter.
04 of 20
If you're not fond of peeling and slicing potatoes, this recipe is for you. Our casserole uses frozen hash browns and requires minimal prepping time. Mix the ingredients, toss in the oven, and bake for 35 minutes while you brew coffee, set the table, toss a salad, and scramble some eggs. Brunch is ready!
The hash is extra crispy, with a creamy texture inside. Add blanched cauliflower or broccoli before baking for a dose of healthy veggies, or cube some of your favorite ham for a kick of flavor.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
05 of 20
You don't need to go crazy making several dishes for a weeknight meal. These stuffed potatoes are great served with a green bean salad and don't need animal proteins on the side to make a filling dinner.
For a quicker version, microwave the potatoes instead of baking them and cut the cooking time by a third. Simply wash, scrub, and wrap your spuds in a damp paper towel. Microwave no more than 3 medium potatoes at a time for 12 minutes on high, check if they're soft, and microwave more if needed in 3-minute spans. Once the potatoes are cooked, follow the rest of our recipe.
06 of 20
This recipe uses a pinch of mustard and green onions for a tangy punch of flavor. Excellent to accompany mild-flavored meats like turkey or chicken breast, these scalloped potatoes pair well with sauteed greens (kale or spinach in olive oil and garlic).
For a quick lunch, serve leftover potatoes, a few slices of cold cuts, and a quick spinach and apple salad.
07 of 20
Mashed potatoes are an American staple and every household has its own version. Home chefs choose between milk, butter, and cream to make the potatoes silky, and the way the potatoes are cooked or mashed makes a whole lot of difference in the final texture.
Always use Russet potatoes. Start by cooking them in cold water, and never ever overmix your potatoes. The more you stir already mashed potatoes, the more starch they release, meaning you're on your way to making glue and not fluffy potatoes. Use a potato ricer for better results.
If you have vegan guests, use vegan margarine and vegan cream cheese to achieve a remarkably good texture.
08 of 20
Potatoes and cheese? Yes! This easy recipe uses one baking dish and one pot to create a creamy casserole that once in the oven requires minimal attention. Topped with soft buttered bread crumbs for extra crunch, our decadent side dish is a winner at brunch but can be a side dish for any meal. Think of grilled fish with a serving of creamy hash, or pair it with a smoky chipotle chicken salad for a rich dinner.
The recipe uses frozen potatoes for convenience and can be made a vegetarian dish by switching up the chicken broth for veggie broth.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
09 of 20
Roasted or boiled, like potatoes, rutabagas provide a slight sweetness to our recipe that pairs well with the silkiness of potatoes. Rutabagas are a sweet root vegetable from the cruciferous family that includes cabbage, broccoli, and bok choy, but are cheaper and really nutrient-dense, so you don't need a lot of them to get the benefits.
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With its easy preparation and just 30 minutes in the oven, this au gratin potatoes recipe only takes a little to get a lot of flavor. It uses Pecorino or Parmesan cheese along with sharp Cheddar.
Potatoes au gratin take their name from the shallow dish they're traditionally cooked in and can take many forms, from our classic version to gratin Dauphinoise.
Experiment with our recipe to find your own favorite combination of cheeses for a buttery, cheesy side dish. If you are looking for a vegan recipe, you'll love these vegan potatoes au gratin.
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You don't need to boil your potatoes for hours to achieve the perfect texture. If you're pressed for time and have a microwave at hand, follow our recipe and prepare this side dish in only 16 minutes.
For weeknight dinners, use this quick mash with a store-bought roasted chicken and a simple mixed green salad with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
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Bacon and potatoes are a great combination and because they're so hearty you don't need a big serving to satisfy your cravings. Prep in no time and bake for an hour while you take care of other dishes. You'll be amazed at the bold flavors that this dish provides with very simple ingredients.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Last-minute guests for brunch? With a few ingredients easily found in any supermarket, you can bake this dish in 1 hour with very little prepping. Your main ingredients are frozen hash browns, breakfast sausage, cream of mushroom soup, chives, and cheddar cheese. Bake and serve! Use the last 15 minutes of the hash browns' oven time to cook shirred eggs, and toast bread in the last 5.
This recipe is adaptable. If you don't have everything at hand, you can mix and match ingredients and still get a great side dish. Replace the cheddar for any cheese you have in the fridge or use full fat Greek-yogurt instead of cream.
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Mustard, paprika, and cheddar make a great combination of flavors to add to your potatoes. You need less than an hour to serve this dish, which you could prepare the night before, keep in the fridge, and bake when needed.
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Twice-baked potatoes are a good way of packing a lot of nutrition into a simple preparation. Add vegetables or different types of cheeses to create your favorite variation.
You can cater this recipe to dietary needs by replacing dairy for vegan substitutes, or by skipping the egg if there are any allergies present.
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Convenient to transport to outdoor lunches, potato salads are a great side dish to accompany burgers and hot dogs, but can also be a main dish for people who prefer to avoid animal meats. Pack some extra eggs on the side for the non-meat eaters, and add the dressing at the last minute to keep your veggies crunchy.
Cut the vegetables finely for a more elevated look or leave them in big chunks for a rustic appearance.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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Spend the 10 minutes it takes to prep this decadent dish and you can use the 4 hours it takes to cook in the slow cooker to make other dishes using your stove and oven. Make some skirt steak in the last 40 minutes before the potatoes are ready, and garlic Brussels sprouts when there are 20 minutes left.
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Simple and satisfying! Make the creamy sauce and use on any kind of potatoes. This recipe goes well with proteins that have a bold seasoning. The creaminess of the sauce helps tone done the heat and spices. If you won't have much time to cook later in the day, boil the potatoes beforehand and keep in the fridge. Heat in the microwave while you make the sauce and sit down for a tasty lunch in no time.
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Tangy and salty, this recipe is not your average potato salad, and it could be your new favorite once you've tried it. Sour cream, dill, and mustard do the trick for a luxurious dressing that tops red potatoes mixed with crunchy veggies.
Bring it to a picnic or potluck, or make it a brunch dish by skipping the eggs and serving it with southern-style deviled eggs. Grill some sausages and put them on top for a one-bowl lunch of healthy starches and good fats!
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This two-in-one dish gives you starches and vegetables in one creamy spoonful, so if you're pressed for time or want to keep the kitchen mess to a minimum, give it a try.