We don’t know how it became a holiday, but February 8th is National Potato Lover’s Day — and what a wonderful day it is because we love potatoes. But we’re far from the only potato fans around here; the average American eats 140 pounds of potatoes per year. Who could blame them? Potatoes are great for making fries, mash, and casseroles as well as unconventional dishes like this Potato Pizza Crust, this Potato and Carrot Cheese, and the “cheese” sauce in this Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheesy Mac.
Check out what we did last year for National Potato Lover’s Day: Not Just a Side Dish: 20 Recipes Where Potatoes Take Center Stage. Then, get ready because this year we have 15 recipes that showcase how versatile these little tubers are.
1. Loaded Smashed Potatoes
Loaded baked potatoes are amazing, but just wait until you try these Loaded Smashed Potatoes. As the title suggests, this recipe calls on you to smash baby Red potatoes which are then drizzled with a bit of oil and baked in the oven. Once their warm on the inside and satisfyingly crispy on the edges, these smashed potatoes are topped with some melty cashew mozzarella, a dollop of zesty Chipotle cream, plenty of chives, and smokey tempeh bacon bits!
2. Potato Soup With Mushrooms, Kale, and Garlic
There’s nothing quite like a nice creamy soup — and this one really hits the spot! This yummy Potato Soup With Mushrooms, Kale, and Garlic is made from potatoes puréed with zucchini, celery, and creamy coconut milk and topped with garlicky sautéed vegetables that’ll leave you in a state of bliss. This soup also doesn’t require many ingredients, so it’s easy to whip up using what’s already in your pantry.
3. Baked Potato Roses
These Baked Potato Roses make for the perfect starter to impress your friends or to just munch on as a snack when you’re feeling fancy. Perfect crispy edges, well-baked potatoes with Italian seasoning — you can’t go wrong with this one. These pair nicely with any kind of dipping sauce.
4. Spiralized Potato Crust Pizza With Kale Pesto
This yummy Spiralized Potato Crust Pizza With Kale Pesto is made entirely from vegetables! How can that be, you ask? The crust is made with spiralized potatoes and baked until perfectly crispy. Then, it’s topped with this baby with kale pesto, basil, avocado, zucchini, and tomatoes. Feel free to make your own crust and top as desired. You can even experiment with sweet potatoes or other spiralized vegetables!
5. Cheesy Potato Casserole With Cream of Celery Soup
This combination of a hearty, Cheesy Potato Casserole With Cream of Celery Soup is a real winner. The soup is light, yet filling and satisfying and so easy to make. After you make the soup, the rest of this recipe is a snap — it’s all just a matter of combining everything in a dish and baking it in the oven until it’s crispy on top and completely warmed through. The casserole is made from hash browns, a bit of the cream of celery soup, dairy-free créme fraiche, melty cheese shreds, and crunchy, salty crackers for the topping.
6. New Potato Sabzi: Indian Potatoes in Spiced Gravy
Potato sabzi is a popular Indian dish that typically uses diced potatoes, spices, and a light sauce that is made without onions or garlic since these two ingredients are often not allowed during fasting. This New Potato Sabzi deviates somewhat from the original – the potatoes are left intact, it isn’t very saucy – the results are just as delicious! Seasoned with foxnuts, cumin seeds, fennel, green chilis, and red chili powder, this is a flavorful dish you are going can pair with bread for a filling dinner or serve as a side dish to guests.
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7. Baked Indonesian Chili Garlic Fries
These Baked Indonesian Chili Garlic Fries are probably the simplest, most delicious fries that will ever be made in your kitchen. They’re spicy, crispy, crunchy, and yet soft all on the inside! They’re tossed with sambal oelek, also known as Indonesian chili fries, for a unique flavor. Soaking the potatoes in water just before baking them unlocks the secret to the most perfect crispy fries ever.
8. Patates au Vin: French Potatoes and Mushrooms in Red Wine Sauce
This Patates au Vin is a meat-free spin on coq au vin, or chicken in wine, a classic French dish in which chicken is braised in a red wine sauce with mushrooms, bacon, onions, and garlic. In this version, spiced potatoes take the place of meat and paprika adds a smoky flavor to replace the bacon, so the dish remains flavorful and comforting. Serve this hearty stew with sliced baguette and rice.
9. Loaded Hash Browns
These Loaded Hash Browns combine two of the most beloved breakfast items: hash browns and waffles. First, potatoes are shredded and combined with diced red pepper and onion, green onions, shredded cheese, and plenty of seasoning. Then the savory mixture is loaded into a waffle iron and pressed into glorious waffle form. Top these with anything you want – we suggest vegan sour cream, salsa, bacon bits, and extra green onions. Yum!
10. Baked Potato Pizzas
Tender baked potatoes filled with tomato sauce, bubbling cheese, and savory pepperoni…is there anything better? These Baked Potato Pizzas have the delicious (and nutritious) potato skin left on and are topped with oregano. Hearty and delicious!
11. Indian Golden Mashed Potatoes With Curried Gravy
With potatoes, a blend of Indian spices, and peas as a garnish, these Indian Golden Mashed Potatoes With Curried Gravy are kind of like a deconstructed samosa. Red potatoes are mashed with onion, cumin, mustard seeds, coriander, and turmeric. Then, they’re topped with a curry-inspired gravy made from tomatoes, coconut milk, and even more spices. Serve this as a side to steamed vegetables and soft flatbread, like naan.
12. Cheesy Potato Ravioli With Nettle Pesto
These soft, chewy homemade Cheesy Potato Ravioli With Nettle Pesto are a must-make for any Italian food lover. Stuffed with herby, cheesy potato filling and then served with a nettle pesto, it’s perfect for any special occasion. The nettle pesto is versatile — it can be made with different herbs or into a thicker pesto, or you can add cashews, almonds, or any kind of seed. Serve with a few turns of black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and bread on the side.
13. Potato Sobrassada: Spanish ‘Sausage’ Spread
Sobrassada is a raw, cured sausage hailing from the Balearic Islands of Spain. Although it’s a sausage, it’s often served with crackers, as a spread. This entirely plant-based Potato Sobrassada is smoky, spicy, easy to make, and it’s budget-friendly! This spread keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can grab quick snacks throughout the week.
14. Creamy Scalloped Potatoes With Thyme
These Creamy Scalloped Potatoes With Thyme are simple, but they deliver. Homey and comforting, this dish is made by layering thinly sliced potatoes and onions, adding plenty of bechamél (non-dairy, in this case) and seasoning with mustard, salt, and thyme. The result is a warm, flavorful, and tender dish that goes perfectly with any main.
15. Baked Mashed Potato Fries
You have to try these Baked Mashed Potato Fries! They’re creamy and soft on the inside, yet crisp and crunchy on the outside. Yum. Plus, unlike regular fries, which can only be flavored on the outside, the flavor for these come from within. So season with your favorite spices, grab some vegan sour cream for dipping, and dig in!
For even more ideas on what to do with potatoes, check out our vegan potato recipes page!
Lead image source: Baked Potato Roses