If you think we just celebrated National Potato Day in the summer, you’re right. You know a food is really popular when we get to celebrate their “national day” several times each year and it turns out that October 27th is also National Potato Day.
Popular may be an understatement since more than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year. Potatoes are actually the most consumed vegetable in the U.S. but they are also beloved all over the world and even in space when potato plants were taken aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1995.
Some people think that potatoes aren’t healthy but that is simply not true. They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin C and potassium. Potatoes are also highly sustainable, needing less land and water than other crops.
Potatoes are also versatile with endless ways to prepare them. They can be mashed, baked, boiled, whipped, fried or scalloped. Check out 10 Things You Can Do with Potatoes, How to Use 10 Different Kinds of Potatoes to Make Simple Meals, and 10 Global Ways to Cook with Potatoes. Potatoes can be used for appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, sides, snacks and even desserts. Look at these 8 Delicious Potato Recipes and these Perfectly Comforting Potato Recipes Everyone at the Table Will Love! Last summer, we celebrated National Potato Day with 26 Summer Spud-tacular Recipes and now it’s time to do it again but with recipes that will comfort you all fall and winter long. Get ready to feast your eyes and taste buds on these 10 top tater vegan recipes.
1. Black Bean Potato Pupusas
A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish consisting of a thick corn tortilla filled with a blend of meat, cheese, and beans. However, these Black Bean Potato Pupusas are totally vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free! Filled with vegan “beef” crumbles, black beans, and potatoes, these are just as good as any pupusa you can find at a street cart, if not better.
2. Potato Gnocchi
This Potato Gnocchi dish is so filling and not that hard to make at all. Serve it with your favorite pasta sauces like marinara, pesto or even a vegan alfredo. The sky is the limit with these pillow-soft and totally comforting dumplings of joy.
3. Super Simple Potato Curry
It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare this Super Simple Potato Curry and in 20 minutes you get to eat it. It’s made with potatoes, tomatoes, coconut milk, and green peas, plus all the warm, fragrant Indian spices that will make your mouth water. Make double the servings if you have more than two or three people because everyone will go back for seconds.
4. Skordalia (Greek Mashed Potatoes)
Skordalia is one of the most traditional dishes in all of Greece. It’s often described as Greek garlic mashed potatoes, but traditional skordalia is much more than that! Creamy, “buttery” potato goodness with the pop of mashed raw garlic folded in – it’s indescribable, really. This Skordalia is so simple to make with a just few everyday ingredients and remarkably delicious. If you haven’t already, this one is a must-try!
5. Baked Shoestring Fries With Garlic and Thyme
Everyone loves fries and these Baked Shoestring Fries are no exception. They’re made with a spiralizer and then baked in the oven to a crispy perfection. They’re full of garlic and thyme flavor, so condiments are strictly optional!
6. Tex-Mex Twice Baked Potato Skins
These Tex-Mex Twice Baked Potato Skins are the perfect small bite for your next get-together, or even a simple light lunch. The crispy skins are filled with corn, black beans, tomatoes, and guacamole plus lots of spicy taco seasoning. They’re packed with flavor and so easy to make – everyone will be begging you for the recipe!
7. Thai Yellow Curry With Seitan and Potatoes
If you’ve never made homemade curry paste before, you need to start today! It’s so much more flavorful than store-bought curry paste, and you can customize it with your favorite spices. Then use it in this Thai Yellow Curry with Seitan and Potatoes. The curry paste blankets chunks of tender seitan and potatoes in a creamy coconut milk sauce. Yum!
8. Potluck Potato Salad
This easy and delicious Potato Salad is sure to be a hit at your next potluck or picnic, but you certainly don’t need to wait until then to make it! Potatoes with lots of veggies and tofu are dressed with vegan mayo and lots of herbs and spices for maximum flavor with minimal effort.
9. Scalloped Potatoes With Seitan Bacon
These Scalloped Potatoes with Seitan Bacon are a beloved comfort food made vegan! Soft, bubbling baked potatoes in a cheesy coconut cream sauce topped with crispy seitan bacon … what could be better?
10. Simple Mashed Potato Waffles
Hold on to your hats because these Simple Mashed Potato Waffles are going to blow your mind! They’re moist and crispy on the outside, warm and deliciously creamy on the inside. Serve them with salsa, vegan cream cheese, and caramelized onions. The end result will remind you of a beautiful medley of mashed potatoes, rösti, and hash browns – three all-time favorite potato creations all rolled into one vegan-friendly recipe!
It’s no wonder everyone loves potatoes. These recipes are all so incredibly delicious, we’re willing to celebrate National Potato Day as many times each year as possible.
Lead image source: Tex-Mex Twice Baked Potato Skins