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Few foods are more comforting than potatoes. The vegetable can be served with anything, from a weeknight roast chicken to a perfectly cooked steak for date night to a classic holiday turkey. Potatoes are most loved in their mashed form, but there are endless ways to make the spud. From twice-baked to potato gratin, the following recipes take potatoes to the next level.
If you're using your grill to make a steak, keep it going for these scalloped potatoes, which are one of the best-ever grilled side dishes. Mix your starch with mayonnaise, cheese, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper, add to foil packets with onions and grill for 15 minutes on both sides.
This autumnal dish is packed with flavor and color. Carrots and fingerling potatoes are seasoned with cumin and curry powder and given a burst of spice and tangy flavor with hot sauce and ketchup.
Potato salad is the perfect cold dish to have on hot days. Get the most out of the side by straying from the predictable combinations. This recipe mixes perfectly-cooked potatoes with pickled onions and scallions, and uses aioli instead of plain mayo to achieve the classic creamy consistency.
If you’re hosting a dinner party and want to impress your guests, try a potato tornado instead of standard roasted potatoes. The spiralized shape of the side dish makes it look intricate without requiring much work. Simply add a potato to a wood skewer and cut the potato while slowly turning it.
Sweet potato fries will usually run you a few extra dollars when dining at a restaurant, but at home, the dish is free of charge. To avoid the laborious process of frying food at home, add a little bit of oil and Old Bay seasoning to the sweet potatoes before throwing them in an air fryer.
Why have one potato when you can have layers of them? Scalloped potatoes are made by slicing the spuds and cooking them in a skillet with milk, creme fraiche and seasonings. Add the mixture to a baking dish and cook until golden brown.
The simple flavor of potatoes will always satisfy, but sometimes you need to kick it up a notch, especially if you need a bold side dish to complement a mild protein like chicken. This recipe recommends you dice the spud and mix it with cumin and green chilies.
Put fall’s bounty of vegetables to use by using them in an entire side dish. Sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are seasoned with ginger and roasted to perfection. The balance of sweet and smoky flavors will liven up any entree.
It’s no secret that mashed potatoes are one of the tastiest parts of any meal. It’s just a bonus that they’re easy to make and take less than an hour to cook. Take the dinner staple up a notch by mixing in brown butter and Parmesan cheese.
The savory starchiness of potatoes are complemented by the sweetness of prunes and leeks in this recipe for potatoes dauphinoise. The side dish pairs well with lean beef like sirloin steak.
If you like your sweet potatoes golden brown and crispy, roasting them in the oven is the most effective way to cook them. Before roasting, blanch the potatoes in a pot of boiling water to expedite the cooking process.
Any mashed potato has our heart throughout the year, but there’s something about the creamy sweetness of yams that hits the spot during fall. Mix the orange spud with coconut milk and chives for a rich, smooth bite.
It won’t matter if you make mashed potatoes from scratch or use the boxed stuff — the addition of bacon, melted cheese and chives gives this dish all the flavors it needs.
You’ll need just six ingredients to make this family recipe for Hungarian potatoes. The most important spice is the paprika, which is what sets Hungarian potatoes apart from regular ones. As far as texture, these potatoes can be prepared crispy or mushy — the choice is yours.
Served as a side or appetizer on menus at America’s best steakhouses, loaded potato soup is easy to replicate at home. Potatoes are cooked in a pot with milk, then blended into a creamy mixture and packed with bacon, sour cream and cheddar cheese. More than a side dish to steak, loaded potato soup is one of many easy dinner dishes to make for busy weeknights.
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