Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday: 31 Ways to Cook Potatoes

Potatoes. One of the least expensive vegetables you can buy- easy to store- and has almost unlimited ways to cook them! I don't want to give you incredibly detailed instructions on step-by-step recipes. I just want to give you general directions, more to give you ideas when you think,

"Man! I just need to find a side-dish for tonight and I sure got a lot of potatoes...."or "What should I make for dinner tonight?"

So, persue this list when making dinner. We've got baked, broiled, fried and mixing ideas. I hope you find something whiel looking over it  that sounds like a tasty side dish for dinner.


  1. Baked french fries

*Slice clean potatoes into french-fry shaped pieces. Spread on lightly greased aluminum foil covered pan. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Deep fried french fries

* Slice clean potatoes into french-fry shaped pieces. Drop a few at a time into a medium sized saucepan, filled 2/3 full with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 5-8 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Battered deep fried french fries

* Slice clean potatoes into french-fry shaped pieces. Drop all pieces into a mixture of

-1 cup flour

-pinch salt

-1 cup milk

-3 beaten eggs

-2 tb melted butter/margarine

Drop batter-covered pieces of potato into a medium sized saucepan, filled with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 5-8 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Baked potatoes

*Cover a clean, whole potato in foil and bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes OR poke holes (using a fork) into a clean, whole potato and microwave for 5-8 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

  1. Baked sliced potatoes

*Thinly slice clean potatoes. Place on a lightly grease-sprayed foil-covered pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Twice baked potatoes

*Bake a potato as instructed in 4. Allow the baked potato to cool. Cut the potato in half, and use a spoon to scoop most of the white portion of the potato out and into a bowl. Cream and mash this white part of the potato, adding 1/8 cup of sour cream and salt/pepper to taste. Scoop this potato mixture back into the potato skin, sprinkle with diced green onions and cheese. Bake for 5-10 minutes at 350 or until hot.

  1. Baked shredded hash browns

*Using a cheese grater, shred clean potatoes completely. Place on a lightly grease-sprayed foil-covered pan, sprinkle with salt/pepper, and bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Baked diced hash browns

*Dice clean potatoes into very small, bite sized pieces.  Place on a lightly grease-sprayed foil-covered pan, sprinkle with salt/pepper, and bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Fried shredded hash browns

*Using a cheese grater, shred clean potatoes completely. Put the shreds  a medium sized, greased frying pan, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 3-5 minutes, then flip. Allow to fry a few minutes longer or until brown and crispy.

  1. Deep fried diced hash browns

*Dice clean potatoes into small, bite sized pieces. Sprinkle a few pieces at a time into a medium sized saucepan, filled with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 5-8 minutes or until crispy.

  1. Baked potato chips

*Thinly, THINKLY slice clean potatoes. Place on a lightly grease-sprayed foil-covered pan, sprinkle with olive oil, salt/pepper, and bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Deep fried potato chips

*Thinly, THINKLY slice clean potatoes. Put a few pieces at a time into a medium sized saucepan, filled with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 5-8 minutes or until crispy. Salt to taste.

  1. English chips (battered, deep fried potatoes)

*Cut up clean potatoes in uneven dices. Dip into a mix of:

-1 cup flour

-pinch salt

-1 cup milk

-3 beaten eggs

-2 tb melted butter/margarine

Drop batter-covered pieces of potato into a medium sized saucepan, filled with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 8-12 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Garlic butter oven-roasted diced potatoes

*Dice clean potatoes. Spread evenly on a foil-covered baking sheet. Brush with a mix of

-6 tb melted butter

-2 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-2 cloves minced garlic

and then sprinkle with dried parsley. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Garlic butter oven-roasted sliced potatoes

*Slice clean potatoes. Spread evenly on a foil-covered baking sheet. Brush with a mix of

-6 tb melted butter

-2 tsp salt

-1/2 tsp pepper

-2 cloves minced garlic

and then sprinkle with dried parsley. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Broiled diced potatoes

  2. Also known as the best, crispiest roasted potatoes EVER.

  1. Broiled sliced potatoes

*Follow steps from 16, but slice the potatoes.

  1. Mashed potatoes

*Boil whole or sliced clean potatoes until soft (20-30 minutes) in salted water. Drain the potatoes and use a masher or two large forks to mash the potatoes.

Add (to taste):

-cream cheese

-condensed milk

-sour cream

-butter

-salt/pepper

A-freaking-mazing. Especially with the cream cheese and sour cream.

  1. Cheesy mashed potatoes

*Boil whole or sliced clean potatoes until soft (20-30 minutes) in salted water. Drain the potatoes and use a masher or two large forks to mash the potatoes.

Add (to taste):

-cream cheese

-condensed milk

-sour cream

-butter

-salt/pepper

Add grated cheddar cheese and 1 clove of chopped garlic and mix until melted.

  1. Potato latkes

* Using a cheese grater, grate clean potatoes and onions completely. (1 onion to 4 potatoes) Mix these into a batter of

-2 eggs

-2 tsp salt

-2-3 tbl flour

Pour into a frying pan with ¼ inch of vegetable oil in the bottom on medium-high heat. Allow to cook for 2-4 minutes or until crisp, flip, allow to cook for a few minutes longer. Dress with salt, syrup, jam, applesauce or anything that sounds delicious.

  1. Baked julienne potatoes

*Julienne clean potatoes. Spread on lightly greased aluminum foil covered pan. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Deep fried julienne potatoes

*Julienne clean potatoes. Drop a few at a time into a medium sized saucepan, filled 2/3 full with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 5-8 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Boiled potatoes

*Remove the skin from clean potatoes. Boil whole in salted water on medium high or until soft. Drain water and dress with butter, salt, pepper, and a dash of dried parsley.

  1. Baked potato wedges

*Cut clean potatoes into wedges. Spread on lightly greased aluminum foil covered pan. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Deep-fried potato wedges

*Cut clean potatoes into wedges. Drop a few at a time into a medium sized saucepan, filled 2/3 full with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 3-5 minutes or until crisp.

  1. Parmesan potato rounds

*Slice clean potatoes. Toss with olive oil. Spread on lightly greased aluminum foil covered pan.  Sprinkle a mixture of

-1/4 dried parmesan

-2 cloves minced garlic

-salt/pepper to taste

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until crisp. 5 minutes before pulling them from the oven, sprinkle liberally with fresh grated parmesan.

  1. Layered fried potato rounds

*Use a mandolin to thinly, almost paper thin, slice clean potatoes. Place in an olive-oil greased, medium sized frying pan on low heat in layers (follow the picture). Between each layer, brush with melted garlic butter (4 tb butter to 1 minced clove of garlic). You’ll want 4-5 layers of potato. Cover and allow to cook for 20-30 minutes. Using TWO spatulas, FLIP the entire potato stack, turn the heat to medium high, and allow to cook until the surface touching the pan is crisp. Slice like a pie for individual servings.

  1. Baked potato skins

*Peel a clean potato. Toss the peelings in a mixing bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic (to taste). Spread evenly over a foil-covered baking sheet and broil on high heat for 2-4 minutes or until crispy brown.

  1. Fried potato skins

*Peel a clean potato. Drop a few at a time into a medium sized saucepan, filled 2/3 full with vegetable oil, at medium-high heat. Allow to fry for 2-3 minutes or until crisp. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  1. Whole roasted potatoes

*Peel clean potatoes. Toss peeled potatoes in a bowl with melted butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place on a foil-covered baking sheet, sprinkle with parsley, and bake for 45-60 minutes or until the top and bottom of the potato are lightly browned.

  1. Potato balls

*Mix mashed potatoes with the yolk of an egg, and roll into balls. Flour or breadcrumb them, and then fry in vegetable oil on medium heat for 8-10 minutes, turning often. Add butter, salt, and pepper to taste.








1 comment:

  1. Would you please increase your font? Great ideas but too small to read. Thank you!

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