Mashed, baked, or roasted, potatoes are good in almost preparation
Few crops are as useful as the potato. A staple across the Western world, it is used in countless different ways. Far from just a filler, the potato can be an exciting, delicious ingredient. From French fries and chips to roasted and mashed potatoes, we've rounded up our favorite potato recipes.
One of our favorite down-home side dishes of all time is creamy potato salad. The mix of tender—but never mushy—potatoes and mayonnaise is incredibly comforting. For a basic potato salad, go with mayo, mustard, celery, onion, and hard-boiled eggs. From there, you can vary the recipe a million ways. We've got versions flavored with curry powder, chives, parsley, and more.
Roasted potatoes are a 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. Try roasting potatoes with saffron or serving them with lemon olive oil. Roast chicken is another winter favorite—roast it on a bed of potatoes and the spuds will absorb all the delicious juices.
The opportunities for using potatoes are endless. Find these dishes and many more in our collection of 50 delicious potato recipes.
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 »
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.
If Plato had imagined hash browns, they’d have been rösti: fresh potatoes coarsely grated, pressed, and fried. In the dish’s native Switzerland, recipes include bacon, rosemary, caraway seeds, eggs, pasta, cheese, even coffee. These variations can be delicious, but we found the definitive version in Bern, at Restaurant Della Casa—golden, impeccable, ideal. Get the recipe for Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti) »
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 »
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 »
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 »