29 ways with potatoes

Mashed, roasted, grilled, fried, tossed in a salad—in these irresistible dishes, the potato isn't so humble

Grilled Potato Salad

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Grilled Potato Salad

In a lighter take on classic picnic fare, substitute olive oil for mayo. You'll gain Italian flair (and lose 1/2 the calories) with puttanesca-inspired ingredients.

Recipe: Grilled Potato Salad

Potato Salad with Artichokes and Asparagus

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Potato Salad with Artichokes and Asparagus

This creamy, zingy side dish celebrates the bounty of spring.

Recipe: Potato Salad with Artichokes and Asparagus

Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Buttermilk

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Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Buttermilk

Roasted garlic, tangy buttermilk, and chicken stock pack a lot of flavor into these low-fat mashed potatoes.

Recipe:  Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Buttermilk

Spiced Potato and Cauliflower Samosas

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Spiced Potato and Cauliflower Samosas

These spiced potato and cauliflower samosas with two chutneys appetizer is baked instead of fried, and made with purchased dough instead of homemade to save time.

Recipe: Spiced Potato and Cauliflower Samosas 

Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula

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Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula

The beauty of galettes is their no-fuss, free-form shape.

Recipe: Chorizo, Red Pepper, and Potato Galette with Arugula

Green Onion Mashed Potatoes

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Green Onion Mashed Potatoes

We’ve used two low-calorie tricks in here: broth instead of whipping cream, and neufchâtel cheese for rich creaminess with one-fourth the fat of butter.

Recipe: Green Onion Mashed Potatoes

New Potato and Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing

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New Potato and Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing

Using yogurt instead of mayo lightens up this chicken salad without sacrificing flavor.

Recipe: New Potato and Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing

Spinach, Leek, and Potato Soup

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Spinach, Leek, and Potato Soup

Good old vichyssoise, but with spinach and without cream―so it’s a beautiful electric green and kind to your waistline.

Recipe:  Spinach, Leek, and Potato Soup

Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes

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Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are good just about any way, but here they’re smoky, filled with crunchy bits of corn, and irresistible.

Recipe:  Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes

Best Latkes

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Best Latkes

These potato pancakes are a bit lighter than the traditional version and will wow guests at a Hanukkah party.

Recipe: Best Latkes

 

Tortilla Española

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Tortilla Española

This Spanish classic is typically a thin omelet filled with fried potatoes and onions. The recipe is easy to assemble, can be made ahead, warmed when ready, and is great for serving to guests as an appetizer or as part of a meal. It's great on its own, but a little garlicky aïoli is good, too.

Recipe: Tortilla Española

Makah Ozette Potatoes with Bacon Cream

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Makah Ozette Potatoes with Bacon Cream

The bacon cream melts to give the potatoes a rich, salty glaze.

Recipe: Makah Ozette Potatoes with Bacon Cream

Grilled Fingerlings with Dill

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Grilled Fingerlings with Dill

We grill these potatoes to add Western flair and sprinkle on dill for a dash of fresh herby flavor.

Recipe:  Grilled Fingerlings with Dill

Mashed Celery-root Potatoes

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Mashed Celery-root Potatoes

The clean, bracing flavor comes from celery root―the weird, hairy vegetable that baffles many a cook. Here, we just slice off the hairier end, peel and chop the rest of the root, and boil it with the potatoes.

Recipe:  Mashed Celery-root Potatoes

Cucumber Potato Salad

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Cucumber Potato Salad

We love tzatiki so much that it inspired us to create this fresh version of potato salad with lots of dill, red onion, and cucumber. This would be especially great served with grilled lamb.

Recipe:  Cucumber Potato Salad

Grilled Potato Rosemary Cake

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Grilled Potato Rosemary Cake

Using a skillet on the grill  browns potatoes on the bottom, while the hot air inside the covered grill cooks the top. You wind up with a lightly crisped, delicious side dish.

Recipe: Grilled Potato Rosemary Cake

 

Potato Salad Stacks

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Potato Salad Stacks

This reader-submitted recipe puts an elegant spin on the BBQ mainstay by grilling the potatoes and stacking the rest of the ingredients on top.

Recipe: Potato Salad Stacks

Meatball Shepherd's Pie

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Meatball Shepherd's Pie

Spooned around the pie, mashed potatoes offer casual comfort, but they can be piped for a more formal effect. To lighten up the dish, you can substitute ground turkey for the beef.

Recipe: Meatball Shepherd's Pie

Sage-infused Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips

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Sage-infused Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips

Sage adds an earthy flavor to these mashed potatoes, parsnips lend sweetness, and sour cream brings a bit of tang.

Recipe:  Sage-infused Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips

Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

Enjoy the Hanukkah favorite any time of year. Flavored with chives, parsley, rosemary, and thyme, these elegant latkes make a great starter course or brunch entrée.

Recipe: Herbed Yukon Gold Potato Latkes

Potato Chips

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Potato Chips

Making the ultimate snack food is surprisingly easy! Give it a whirl.

Recipe: Potato Chips

Spanish Potato Omelet

Spanish Potato Omelet

This omelet, almost solid with potatoes, is called tortilla outside Catalonia, Spain.

Recipe: Spanish Potato Omelet

Golden Olive Oil-Roasted Potatoes

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Golden Olive Oil-roasted Potatoes

Nothing more than good olive oil and crunchy sea salt turn super-simple potatoes into an irresistible side dish.

Recipe: Golden Olive Oil-roasted Potatoes

Browned Butter and Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes

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Browned Butter and Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes

Rich, brown butter infused with the flavor of hazelnuts makes a decadent but easy addition to mashed potatoes.

Recipe:  Browned Butter and Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes

Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme

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Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme

Tender potatoes and carrots need very little fussing over. Simply roast them and toss with thyme and butter for an easy side dish.

Recipe: Oven-Roasted Potatoes and Carrots with Thyme

Peas and Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Black Pepper

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Peas and Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Black Pepper

Right before serving, grind fresh pepper straight into the serving bowl—you want that spicy burst mingling with the sweet smell of melting butter.

Recipe: Peas and Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Black Pepper

Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes

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Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes

These little nuggets from The Garage restaurant, in Salt Lake City, are based on Mormon funeral potatoes, a crunchy, cheesy, creamy casserole dish that is served at just about any big function in that town. Rolled into balls and deep-fried, they are totally over the top.

Recipe: Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes

Spring Bounty Potato Salad

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Spring Bounty Potato Salad

Meet your new picnic staple: a potato salad classic enough to satisfy purists, but with onions, peas, and tarragon for fresh flavor and pretty hits of green.

Recipe: Spring Bounty Potato Salad

Celery Root and Potato Mash

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Celery Root and Potato Mash

Mashed potatoes are even better blended with celery root, which has a gentle but penetrating flavor. Don’t be deterred by the root’s hairy exterior; just trim it off with a knife. This recipe is adapted from one in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone (1997), by Deborah Madison.

Recipe: Celery Root and Potato Mash

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