We could write an endless amount of love letters to the humble potato. The starchy vegetable is known for its versatility; it can be fried, baked, sautéed, mashed, and it can also be made into vegan cheeses, sauces, soups, and so much more. Potatoes have a bit of a bad reputation because of the common misconception that they are unhealthy. However, it all depends on what you’re doing with ’em! On their own, potatoes are rich in vitamin B6, a great source of plant-based protein, and are high in fiber. Not to mention that they’re one of the most comforting and filling foods you can have.
Today, October 27th, is a incredibly important day that must be celebrated and honored to our greatest ability. Yes, that’s right, it is National Potato Day. A day on which we should not only appreciate the tasty applications and health benefits of the starch but also recognize how far it has come. In 16th century Europe, people believed that potatoes were poisonous and steered clear of them for years. Now in 2017, they are one of the most popular foods worldwide. You go, potato.
So that you can celebrate to, we’ve carefully handpicked 15 of the most potato-packed recipes on the Food Monster App. We guarantee that they are all tater-filled and totally delicious.
This Creamy Potato Chowder is comforting, easy to make, and will keep you full! It incorporates red potatoes to create a rich base that’s made even more indulgent thanks to the addition of raw cashews and hemp seeds. If you are feeling a little cold, this chowder is the perfect potato-y way to warm right up.
Put a spin on the classic potato pancake by adding apple for bursts of sweetness! These Savory Apple and Potato Pancakes stay tightly together- no eggs necessary thanks to flax seeds. Serve them at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’re so good that you won’t mind eating them multiple meals in a row. In fact, after the first bite you might even realize that you’ll prefer that.
Enjoy your favorite breakfast potato the healthy way by baking these Hash Browns instead of frying them! The potato is mixed with carrots for added nutrition. Don’t worry, they are still just as satisfyingly crispy as the ones you normally fry in oil. Make a big batch and freeze the extras so that you can make every day your own personal potato celebration.
Yep, that’s right. In addition to mashing, baking, and frying the humble potato, you can make them into crispy Potato Chick’n Tenders are delicious, savory, and begging to be dipped in the sauce of your choice. They have a creamy mashed potato center that’s full of classic poultry spices, then coated in hash browns and baked to crispy, golden-brown perfection in the oven. The only problem with these tasty bites is deciding what dipping sauce you’re going to pair them with.
Potatoes can also be made into Sliceable Potato Cheese that is the perfect thing to put on your sandwiches, to serve with crackers, or just eat it on its own – it’s that tasty. The potatoes and carrots form the bulk of this cheese and they are blended smooth with a savory array of spices and then simmered with a bit of agar agar to give the cheese its firm texture.
These Oven-Baked Vegetable Samosas are perfect for cocktail parties, luncheons, and brunch. Stuffed with potatoes, cauliflowers, carrots, and green beans spiced with classic Indian spices, they are full of flavor, but not too spicy. These flaky samosas are perfect paired with all kinds of chutney.
With its velvety coconut sauce, this New Potato and Pea Curry makes a comforting recipe that’s light and warming at the same time. Plus, this is a great recipe to make at the beginning of the week and use as an easy lunch or a quick dinner down the line. The tender potatoes in this curry shine and provide the most scrumptious bite.
For those that don’t know, gnocchi is a type of pasta that is made from cooked potato instead of semolina flour. The beets in this Gnocchi in White Sauce With Sage recipe give your pasta a beautiful pink hue and the creamy hazelnut sauce puts this pasta over the top. The dish is topped off with balsamic vinegar, sage, and toasted hazelnuts for a truly impressive finish.
These Tex-Mex Twice Baked Potato Skins are the perfect small bite for your next get-together or even a simple light lunch. The baked potato skin is filled with a simple corn, pepper, and bean mixture that can be whipped up in mere minutes. They’re packed with flavor and so easy to make – everyone will be begging you for the recipe!
Papa a la Huancaina is a Peruvian appetizer of boiled yellow potatoes in a spicy, creamy cheese sauce called Huancaina sauce. Typically, the sauce is made with eggs, milk, peppers, oil, and spices. In this recipe, the pepper, herbs, and spices remain the same but the creaminess is achieved using sesame seeds instead of milk and the cheesy flavor comes from nutritional yeast. This is a simple but tasty dish that can be presented in an elegant manner if you slice the potatoes into thick disks and stack them up before pouring on the cheese sauce.
Feeling adventurous? These out-of-the-box Noodle Wrapped Potato Bundles make for a great, creative appetizer. The noodles create a super-crisp layer over molten-soft potatoes. If you are making these for a large party, wrap them up the night before and refrigerate them. The next day, fry or bake them just in time and you’ll have guests swooning over these.
How could we not talk about the iconic side dish, mashed potatoes? Typical mashed potato recipes contain nearly a stick of butter. This recipe for Potato and Celery Root Mash uses soy milk for creaminess along with heart-healthy olive oil. The celery root is just as starchy and fluffy as potatoes when it is mashed and boiled.
Though they never made it as big as bagels, knishes are a quintessential Eastern European and New York snack food that consists of fried or baked dough stuffed with whatever you like. In this recipe for New York Style Knishes, the dough is stuffed with a simple but incredibly satisfying “buttery” potato filling.
There is nothing better than fresh, homemade perogies. These warm potato-y pockets of happiness are given an extra dose of nutrition with cauliflower purée. We recommend that you serve these delicious, “buttery” Cauliflower Perogies with some homemade cashew cream. Bonus! You probably have all the ingredients you need already laying around your kitchen.
Forget fresh flowers! Treat the potato lover in your life with these Baked Potato Roses this holiday. Perfect crispy edges, well-baked potatoes with Italian seasoning — you can’t go wrong with this one.Plus, they pair nicely with pretty much any kind of dipping sauce. We truly can’t think of a more romantic gift.
From the bottom of our hearts, we wish you a wonderful National Potato Day! Let the celebrations commence.
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