Everyone loves potatoes whether they are mashed, fried, boiled, baked, whipped, scalloped, or stuffed and on August 19th, we celebrate these special spuds on National Potato Day. More than 45 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested in the U.S. each year and they are the most consumed type of vegetable.
Sometimes potatoes get a bad reputation though as some people think they are unhealthy. The truth is that potatoes are good for you. They contain high levels of important vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin C, and potassium.
Potatoes are also versatile with endless ways to prepare them. Besides side dishes, they can be used for soups, salads, appetizers, entrées, and even desserts. Check out these 26 Spud-tacular Spud Recipes, 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. Check out these 8 Delicious Potato Recipes and these Perfectly Comforting Potato Recipes Everyone at the Table Will Love! We have even more so enjoy these 20 vegan recipes that celebrate our favorite tuber: the humble potato.
1. Burrito Bowl Potato Skins
These Burrito Bowl Potato Skins are russet potatoes hollowed out and then baked so the skins get crispy and delicious. They’re stuffed with quinoa, black beans, vegetables, and guacamole — everything you’d find in a burrito bowl. These are the perfect appetizers for game day, movie night, or even dinner.
2. Indian Mashed Potatoes With Curried Gravy
With potatoes, a blend of Indian spices, and peas as a garnish, these Indian 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 that’s bold and flavorful. Serve this as a side with some naan flatbreads.
3. Garlic Scape Pesto Potato Crust Pizza
This creative single-serve Garlic Scape Pesto Potato Crust Pizza is easy, no-fuss, gluten-free, and saves you all the kneading and waiting time that comes with homemade dough. It’s smothered with a garlicky pesto and topped with squash blossoms. Serve with or without vegan cheese.
4. Chorizo-Spiced Potato Enchiladas
These Chorizo-Spiced Potato Enchiladas are really tasty! Potatoes are tossed in a blend of hot spices and wrapped up in a warm tortilla with black beans and fresh herbs. They’re topped with a simple and easy spicy sauce and a creamy vegan cheese sauce. This dish is easy to make and even more easy to eat.
5. Tandoor Aloo: Marinated Baby Potatoes
These Marinated Baby Potatoes are a savory delight! Crispy on the outside, buttery and tender on the inside, and spiced to perfection, what more could you want? Serve these with green chutney as a yummy snack, side dish, or appetizer.
6. Baked Samosa Flautas
These Baked Samosa Flautas is a fusion recipe that takes the tasty spiced potatoes of Indian cuisine and delivers it in the form of a flaky Latin-style taquito. That’s right, warm and zesty potatoes wrapped in a tortilla and then baked to crispy perfection. What an epic combination!
7. Skillet Potatoes With Chickpeas and Apples
If you love easy whole-foods meals, this one-pan Skillet Potatoes With Chickpeas and Apples is the dish for you. Cubed potatoes are fried with savory onion and served on a protein-packed bed of quinoa and chickpeas. Roasted apple slices bring a subtle sweetness to the dish. It takes just 20 minutes to make, so it’s a great weeknight choice.
8. Cheesy Purple Potato Tart
This rustic Cheesy Purple Potato Tart is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a weekend brunch, holiday meals, picnics, or just dinner. It features a nutty crust, a creamy and flavorful cashew cheese filling, and a gorgeous layer of purple potatoes. Enjoy a slice with a side of salad and you have an incredible and colorful meal.
9. Japanese Sweet Potato Tots
These Japanese Sweet Potato Tots aren’t the tots you remember from school lunches – no, these are way better. Made from Japanese sweet potatoes and regular ol’ white potatoes, then spiced up with fresh herbs and coated in panko, these tots are something special. They’re baked and then broiled to crispy perfection and served alongside a colorful, spicy and creamy tahini dip.
10. Achaari Aloo Gobi: Indian Pickled Potato and Cauliflower
Is there any wrong way to prepare potatoes? We don’t think so. Achaari Aloo Gobi is an Indian dish of potato and cauliflower roasted in pickling spices. The secret to this version of the dish is to keep the cauliflower crisp-tender, so you get a delightful contrast between soft and firm from the veggies, plus the freshness of all the herbs.
11. Quinoa Potato Cakes in a Rich Tomato Sauce
These delicious, gluten-free Quinoa Potato Cakes in a Rich Tomato Sauce are an amazing dish. Not only is the presentation beautiful, they are also healthy and taste great. Perfect for any occasion, the quinoa and potato work together to make a dish that’s hearty but not too filling.
12. Baked Mashed Potato Fries
You must 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 comes from within. So, season with your favorite spices, grab some vegan sour cream for dipping and dig in!
13. Potato Kofta in Butter ‘Chicken’ Sauce
Whether it’s a special dinner or a weeknight meal, this Potato Kofta in Butter “Chicken” Sauce is a winner. Soft, crispy potato kofta are served in a creamy sauce inspired by the Indian dish, butter chicken. The spiced sauce gets its rich, creamy teture from coconut milk. Not only is this dish easy to make but it’s super-affordable and filling.
14. Spicy Potato and Beans Burger
Made from potatoes, chickpeas, and mung beans, these Super-Spicy Potato and Beans Burgers are hearty and filling. They come with a creamy avocado cilantro lime sauce which is the perfect cooling contrast to their spicy flavor and crisp texture. Serve these on any bun of your choice or crumble them on top of a bed of greens.
15. Potatoes Oreganata Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole
The traditional Greek dish “potatoes oreganata” is cooked with lots of olive oil, chicken stock, lemon, and oregano. This Potatoes Oreganata Greek Hasselback Potato Casserole is a vegan version that can be shared with everyone. With other Mediterranean elements like olives and fresh herbs, this dish will be the hit of any potluck or dinner.
16. Baked Potato Falafel
These savory Baked Potato Falafel are a wonderful twist on the traditional kind. They’re baked, soft on the inside with a lightly crispy texture on the outside. And so very, very satisfying. These are great as an appetizer with a tangy tahini dip, stuffed in a veggie loaded sandwich, or tossed in a salad.
17. Baked Potato Pizzas
Combine two of your favorite foods with these Baked Potato Pizzas. Tender baked potatoes filled with tomato sauce, bubbling cheese, and savory vegan pepperoni. Doesn’t that sound incredible? The skins are left on and they’re topped with oregano for herby flavor.
18. Roasted Carrots and New Potatoes With Arugula Pesto
This dish of Roasted Carrots and New Potatoes With Arugula Pesto shows that while small in size, new potatoes pack more flavor than their fully grown counterparts. They are sweeter, smoother, and creamier. They’re also perfect in this dish. Serve alongside any entrée and watch these disappear.
19. Potato-Stuffed Whole Wheat Flatbreads
These Potato-Stuffed Whole Wheat Flatbreads, or parathas, are traditional dish enjoyed as a comfort food breakfast in Northern India. Potatoes are smashed, sprinkled with fresh spices, stuffed gently into delicious flatbreads, and lightly pan-fried. Mm … Fried potato bread. Enjoy these with a chutney or vegan yogurt dipping sauce.
20. Curried Potato and Peas Flatbread Wrap
These Curried Potato and Peas Flatbread Wraps are a spicy and filling meal that can be packed for lunch or served for dinner. The paratha, a doughy, wheat-based Indian flatbread used to make the wrap, is seasoned with pickling spices and stuffed with curried vegetables. Potatoes, peas, and pumpkin, combined with the bread, makes for a meal that won’t leave you hungry.
Potatoes are the perfect food that lets you use all types of flavor profiles and recipes. There’s simply no end to what you can do with potatoes. Happy National Potato Day!
Lead image source: Indian Mashed Potatoes With Curried Gravy