Our Essential Potato Recipes

Mashed, baked, or roasted‚ potatoes are great pretty much every way

The potato is the ultimate multi-purpose versatile side dish (or a main dish; we're also prone to the occasional irrepressible mashed potato craving). A staple across the world, it is used in countless different ways. Far from just a filler, the potato can be an exciting, delicious ingredient. Try it in a potato salad flavored with curry powder, chives, parsley, or anything, really. Roasted potatoes are another simple, hearty side perfect for a winter meal. All you really need to do is cook the potatoes with salt and oil, but there is lots of potential to add flavors. But even if neither of those options appeal to you, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy this starchy staple.

Chamomile-Pickled New Potatoes with Beurre Blanc
Chamomile-Pickled New Potatoes with Beurre Blanc
Spruce up a standard potato side dish recipe with delicate floral flavors. Get the recipe for Chamomile-Pickled New Potatoes with Beurre Blanc »Chris Tonnesen
Crispy Smashed Za'atar Potatoes
Crispy Smashed Za'atar Potatoes
Boiled buttery Yukon gold potatoes are smashed and roasted crisp in this side dish. A finishing sprinkle of za'atar, a heady Middle Eastern mix of spices, seeds, and herbs, brings these potatoes to the next level. Get the recipe for Crispy Smashed Za'atar Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
David Kinch's Tater Tots
David Kinch's Tater Tots
Using a traditional French confit method in which the potatoes are slow-cooked in duck fat, chef David Kinch, of Michelin-starred Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos, CA, makes a particularly luxurious tot. Get the recipe for David Kinch's Tater Tots »Matt Taylor-Gross
Caramel-Glazed Potatoes (Brúnaðar Kartöflur)
Icelandic caramel glazed potatoes
A classic Christmastime side dish in Iceland, these butter-and-sugar-glazed potatoes are ubiquitous on many Icelandic holiday tables. Any small, waxy potato will do. Get the recipe for Caramel-Glazed Potatoes »Ingalls Photography
Tuk (Sindhi Twice-fried Potatoes)
Tuk (Sindhi Twice-fried Potatoes)
These crispy potato appetizers get a wonderfully tart flavor from amchur, or dried mango powder. Get the recipe for Tuk »Ariana Lindquist
Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese
Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese
Piquant kashkaval, a Balkan cows' or sheep's milk cheese, and mildly spicy shifa peppers add sharpness to these fried potatoes. Get the recipe for Fried Potatoes with Kashkaval Cheese »Neal Santos
Pesto Potato Salad
Pesto Potato Salad
Serve this simple and bright potato salad warm or cold alongside grilled or roasted meats and seafood. Get the recipe for Pesto Potato Salad »SAVEUR
Hot Fries
Homemade Hot Fries
These spicy, crunchy fries are our take on the classic packaged snack. Get the recipe for Hot Fries »Matt Taylor-Gross
Patatas Bravas
Patatas Bravas
In Spain, the stopgap to late-night dinners is bar snacks like patatas bravas, crisp potatoes blanketed in mayonnaise and a thick spicy tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Patatas Bravas »Ingalls Photography
Potatoes with Chestnuts and Clams
potatoes with chestnuts and clams
These stuffed potatoes, which tenderize first in foil packets then crisp up in cast iron atop the coals (or in the oven), are packed with a mix of roasted chestnuts, bacon, and juicy whole clams. Get the recipe for Potatoes with Chestnuts and Clams »Christina Holmes
Vinegar-Marinated Potatoes with Olives and Capers
Vinegar-Marinated Potatoes with Olives and Capers | Francis Mallmann
This flavor-packed hors d'oeuvres from Francis Mallmann is topped with an umami-rich relish of capers, anchovies, and kalamata olives. Get the recipe for Vinegar-Marinated Potatoes with Olives and Capers »Paul Sirisalee | Food Styling: Eugene Jho
Olive Oil Fried Potatoes with Over Easy Eggs (Huevos Estrellados)
Olive Oil Fried Potatoes with Over Easy Eggs (Huevos Estrellados)
The potatoes in this comforting Spanish dish should not be brown and crispy like French fries; they should be limp, creamy, and soft with only a slight crispness at the exterior. Get the recipe for Olive Oil Fried Potatoes with Over Easy Eggs (Huevos Estrellados) »Benjamin Kemper
Noodles and Gravy
Noodles and Gravy
This Iowa-style noodles dish is a carb-lovers paradise: Creamy mashed potatoes, tender hand-made noodles, warm brown gravy. Get the recipe for Noodles and Gravy »Matt Taylor-Gross
Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette
Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette
This simple potato and cheese omelette, from The Good Cook: Eggs & Cheese, was shared with us by Tim Mazurek to accompany his Back of the Bookshelf column. Accompanied with a glass of wine and a green salad, it makes a satisfying, affordable dinner. Get the recipe for Grated Potato and Cheese Omelette »Tim Mazurek
Tacos de Papa Hwy 99 (Potato Tacos)
Tacos de Papa Hwy 99 (Potato Tacos)
Inspired by the potato tacos at Loncheria Otro Rollo in Bakersfield, these Tacolicious versions are stuffed with fluffy mashed potatoes and pan-fried until crisp. The accompanying smoky ranchero sauce also would be great as an accompaniment for meat or fish or spooned over eggs. Get the recipe for Tacos de Papa »Romulo Yanes
Avocado Mashed Potatoes
Avocado Mash
Mashed potatoes go green with avocado and cilantro in this bright recipe. Get the recipe for Avocado Mashed Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
Crispy Smashed Za'atar Potatoes
Crispy Smashed Za'atar Potatoes
Boiled buttery Yukon gold potatoes are smashed and roasted crisp in this side dish. A finishing sprinkle of za'atar, a heady Middle Eastern mix of spices, seeds, and herbs, brings these potatoes to the next level. Get the recipe for Crispy Smashed Za'atar Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
Pesto Potato Salad
Pesto Potato Salad
Serve this simple and bright potato salad warm or cold alongside grilled or roasted meats and seafood. Get the recipe for Pesto Potato Salad »SAVEUR
Potato Chips
Potato Chips
This recipe makes a party-size batch of chips, perfect as a snack (with or without a dip) or as a side dish—not only with sandwiches but also on the plate with roasted or grilled meats (or game). If there are chips left over, cover them loosely with aluminum foil and store in a cool, dry place. Get the recipe for Potato Chips »Matt Taylor-Gross
Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad
Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad
Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don't absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise. Get the recipe for Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad »Marcus Nilsson
Ricotta and Egg Gnocchi with Olives, Capers, and Tomato Sauce
Ricotta and Egg Gnocchi with Olives, Capers, and Tomato Sauce
These soft gnocchi from Tuscany are the ultimate version of the kind most commonly served at Italian-American restaurants. The dish is amped up with briny chopped capers and green olives. Get the recipe for Ricotta and Egg Gnocchi with Olives, Capers, and Tomato Sauce »Con Poulos
Potatoes Roasted with Saffron
Potatoes Roasted with Saffron
The pleasantly bitter and floral flavor of saffron adds a complex taste to these otherwise ordinary roasted potatoes. Get the recipe for Potatoes Roasted with Saffron »Farideh Sadeghin
Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise
Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise
"This recipe came about when I had a fat bunch of chives threatening to wilt in my fridge. Our test kitchen director, Farideh Sadeghin, suggested I make chive oil, and then chive mayonnaise; I had some teeny-tiny fingerlings from the farmers market sitting on my counter, and a salad was born. —Marian Bull Get the recipe for Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise »Matt Taylor-Gross
Hashbrowns
Hashbrowns
Fluffy inside and golden outside, these pan-fried potatoes are a signature of the Omaha restaurant Piccolo Pete's. Get the recipe for Hashbrowns »Ariana Lindquist
Warm Red Potato Salad
Warm Red Potato Salad
Tender grilled red-skinned potatoes are doused in herb vinaigrette in this warm salad. Get the recipe for Warm Red Potato Salad »Laura Sant
Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)
Potato and Leek Soup (Sopa de Poro y Papa)
This creamy, rich soup potato soup accented with leeks is a favorite in Mexico City. In spring and summer it's usually chilled, like a vichyssoise, but it's also served hot, especially in the cooler months. Get the recipe for Potato and Leek Soup »James Oseland
Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon
Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon
The secret to this simple dish is to use the best quality bacon available. Delicious and straightforward, you can whip this dish together quickly while keeping the oven available for other jobs. Get the recipe for Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon »Vanessa Rees
Barbecue Potato Chips
Barbecue Potato Chips
Barbecue chips' smoky, tangy flavors are easy to create at home with a simple mixture that combines classic barbecue sauce spices such as chile powder, garlic powder, and onion powder, with the added kick of cayenne pepper. Get the recipe for Barbecue Potato Chips »Todd Coleman
Spudnuts
Spudnuts
SpudnutsTo ensure these potato-based donuts turn out pillowy and soft after frying, take care not to overwork the dough. Get the recipe for Spudnuts »Todd Coleman
Jude's Perfect Potato Salad
Jude's Perfect Potato Salad
A healthy dose of celery seeds and sharp Dijon mustard add a kick to this mashed potato and egg salad. Get the recipe for Jude's Perfect Potato Salad »James Oseland
French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette)
French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole (Tartiflette)
Reblochon, a soft washed-rind cheese from the French Alps, adds a luxurious creaminess and delicious pungency to this simple bacon and potato gratin. Get the recipe for French Bacon, Potato, and Reblochon Casserole »Ingalls Photography
Moroccan Potato Salad
Moroccan Potato Salad
Bright and aromatic with plenty of fresh parsley, this potato salad is definitive of Moroccan cuisine. Get the recipe for Moroccan Potato Salad »Helen Rosner
Pomme Purée
Pomme Puree
Passing cooked potatoes through the fine holes of a potato ricer ensures a silky consistency for this ultrarich side. Get the recipe for Pomme Purée »Ingalls Photography
Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)
Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)
Applesauce is the perfect foil for these savory, golden fried pancakes, a mix of starchy potatoes, flour, and eggs. Get the recipe for Potato Pancakes »Todd Coleman
Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters (Perkedel Kenteng)
Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters (Perkedel Kenteng)
To make these crisp-crusted fritters, mashed potatoes blended with pan-fried shallots and freshly grated nutmeg are dipped in beaten egg and fried. Get the recipe for Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters »Ingalls Photography
French Piped Potatoes (Pommes Duchesse)
French Piped Potatoes (Pommes Duchesse)
Elegant potatoes are brushed with an egg wash before baking for color and crunch. Get the recipe for French Piped Potatoes »Ingalls Photography
Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes
Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes
Thinly sliced potatoes and onions are baked in a rich cream sauce in this classic crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Scalloped Potatoes »Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes
Creme fraiche mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes. Get the recipe for Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor)
Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor)
Kroppkakor, hearty mashed potato dumplings stuffed with an allspice-laden filling of bacon and onion, are a specialty of Oland, an island off the southern coast of Sweden. Get the recipe for Swedish Potato Dumplings »Ingalls Photography
Irish Potato Bread
Irish Potato Bread
These squares of crispy potato flatbread are similar to potato farls, the fried potato bread that's a traditional part of the Northern Irish breakfast known as an Ulster Fry. Get the recipe for Irish Potato Bread »Farideh Sadeghin
Colcannon
Colcannon
Leave it to the potato-loving Irish to dream up colcannon, spuds mashed with finely chopped cabbage and enriched with lots of cream. There are as many versions of this classic dish as there are Irishmen: Some cooks add carrots or kale to the mix, others incorporate butter, bacon, and caramelized onions. Get the recipe for Colcannon »Penny De Los Santos
Boiled Potatoes With Dill (Kartupeli ar Dillēm)
Boiled Potatoes With Dill (Kartupeli ar Dillēm)
Use Yukon Golds or other waxy potatoes, such as red or new potatoes, for this simple, comforting side dish. Get the recipe for Boiled Potatoes With Dill »Landon Nordeman
Spicy Cabbage-and-Potato Curry (Bund Gobhi Aur Aloo Ki Subzi)
Spicy Cabbage-and-Potato Curry (Bund Gobhi Aur Aloo Ki Subzi)
This vibrant Indian curry comes from the Meghwal tribe of Gujarat's Thar Desert. Since there is little local agriculture—the closest vegetable market is in the capital city of Bhuj, 35 miles away—the cuisine is spare, but it is delicious in its simplicity. This tribal cabbage-and-potato curry is traditionally cooked over a wood fire, along with millet rotla, a flatbread, but the stovetop works just as well. Get the recipe for Spicy Cabbage-and-Potato Curry »James Roper
Sauteed Potatoes and Chiles (Papas con Rajas)
Sauteed Potatoes and Chiles (Papas con Rajas)
Smoky roasted poblano chiles add deep flavor to starchy potatoes in this side dish typical of central Mexico. Get the recipe for Sauteed Potatoes and Chiles »Penny De Los Santos
Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes)
Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes)
These flavorful mashed potatoes are spiced with mustard seeds, fresh curry leaves, turmeric, and ginger, and mixed with peas. Get the recipe for Aloo Masala »Ingalls Photography
Sage Mashed Potatoes
Sage Mashed Potatoes
Leaving the skins on your potatoes saves on prep time and gives a rustic feel to the finished dish. We love the technique of infusing the milk and butter with sage—start heating a saucepan of milk and sage when you set the water to boil to speed up this process. Get the recipe for Sage Mashed Potatoes »Todd Coleman
Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)
Potato and Squash Gratin (Gratin de Courge)
The Provençal version of this gratin calls for a French pumpkin called potiron, but a combination of acorn and butternut squash will make a good substitute. Get the recipe for Potato and Squash Gratin »Laura Sant
Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Thirty cloves of garlic go into this creamy side dish. Get the recipe for Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes »Romulo Yanes
Classic Gravy Fries (Poutine)
Classic Gravy Fries (Poutine)
An unabashedly savory collage of french-fried potatoes, beef gravy, and squeaky-fresh cheese curds, poutine is perhaps the ultimate late-night snack. Get the recipe for Classic Gravy Fries »Maxime Iattoni
Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Olive Oil
Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Olive Oil
Simple roasted baby potatoes with whole garlic cloves are the perfect foil for a zesty lemon and olive oil emulsion. Get the recipe for Roasted Potatoes with Lemon Olive Oil »Ingalls Photography
The World's Best French Fries
The World's Best French Fries
Perfectly fluffy inside, crisp and golden outside—these fries, from a skilled and glamorous home cook, might be the best we've ever had. Get the recipe for The World's Best French Fries »Matt Taylor-Gross