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6 Easy Potato Recipes

Updated on October 30, 2015

It is great to have potatoes in your kitchen all the time considering the number of delicious meals you can prepare for your family using it as a main ingredient, or to complement other things that you may plan on cooking. They are great for soups, sides, and even snacks, and makes every meal just as filling as any other meal that you usually have. With so many nutritional benefits and a delightful taste to boot, potatoes can make the simplest of meals more special than ever.

Here are a few easy potato recipes that you can prepare:

Cheesy Ham and Potato Soup

You will need:

  • 3 ½ cups of potatoes, diced and peeled
  • 1/3 cup of diced celery
  • 1/3 cup of finely chopped onions
  • A cup of chopped carrots
  • ½ cup of ham, diced and cooked
  • 3 ¼ cups of chicken broth
  • A tsp of pepper
  • 5 tbsp of butter
  • 5 tbsp of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Mix the potatoes, celery, ham, onion and chicken broth in a pot and bring to a boil. Adjust to medium heat and wait until potatoes are tender. Add some salt and pepper.

Using a separate pan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the flour and stir constantly until the mixture has thickened. Add the milk and continue to stir, making sure that no lumps are formed. Do this for around 4 to 5 minutes. Add the cheese until it has completely melted.

Combine the two mixtures and cook thoroughly. You can mash some of the potatoes for added thickness.

Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You will need:

  • 3 ½ lbs of russet potatoes, diced and peeled
  • 2 tbsp of kosher salt
  • 2 cups of half and half
  • 6 cloves of crushed garlic
  • 6 oz of grated parmesan

Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover it with water, add salt and cook over medium high heat. Once it has boiled, keep it at a rolling boil by reducing the heat. Cook this until the potatoes fall apart when you try poking them with a fork.

Using a separate saucepan, combine the half and half and garlic and cook over medium heat. Once it simmers, set it aside.

Remove the potatoes from the water and mash them. Add the garlic cream mixture and the parmesan, mixing it thoroughly until everything is equally distributed. Let it stand for 5 minutes to allow it to thicken before serving.

Potato Gratin

You will need:

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cups of shredded Gruyere

Butter a casserole dish or a skillet, then rub 1 garlic clove on its surface. If you are using a skillet, make sure that it is enamel-coated and cast-iron. Discard the garlic.

Using a separate saucepan, mix the milk, salt, cream and remaining pieces of garlic over medium high heat. Once the mixture boils, reduce the heat and let it simmer for around 5 minutes. Remove the garlic.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. While waiting, peel and rinse the potatoes and pat them dry. Cut them into 1/8 inch thick slices. Arrange the potatoes in a circular manner at the bottom of the dish, making sure that each one overlaps the next. Top this off with ¼ cup of the milk mixture, then add a few grinds of pepper, a sprinkle of salt, and ¾ cup of cheese. Top this off again with potatoes, followed by the milk mixture, pepper, salt and cheese. Keep repeating this process until you have ½ an inch left on top before the dish is filled. Pour what’s left of the milk mixture and top everything off with cheese. Place this dish on top of a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the cheese has turned brown, the casserole is bubbling, and the potatoes can be easily sliced through. This would probably take around 30 to 45 minutes. Let it cool for around 10 to 12 minutes before serving.

Potato Chive Pancake

You will need:

  • A 16 oz bag of hash brown potatoes
  • A tbsp of chopped fresh chives
  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Place potatoes between paper towels, making sure that you press them enough to remove any excess moisture. In a bowl, mix the potatoes with the chives and season with salt and pepper. Toss to properly combine all the ingredients.

Using a nonstick skillet, heat the oil over a medium fire. Add the potato mixture and press with a heatproof spatula until it forms one pancake. Cook for around 10 to 15 minutes, or until the underside has turned golden brown. Invert the pancake and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes until this side has turned golden brown as well. Slice the pancakes into wedges and serve.

Tangy Potato Salad with Scallions

You will need:

  • Coarse salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 4 lbs of waxy potatoes, scrubbed, cut into halves and sliced into ½ inch thick pieces
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • 4 thinly sliced scallions
  • ½ a cup of olive oil

Set a steamer basket over a large pot, which should be filled with salted water until just below the basket. Bring this to a boil, then place the potatoes in the basket while reducing the heat to medium. Cover this and let it steam for around 10 to 15 minutes, tossing it occasionally until the potatoes are crisp and tender.

Combine the scallions and vinegar in a large bowl and season the mixture with salt and pepper. Once the potatoes are cooked, add them to the vinegar mixture. Toss this to mix everything evenly. Let it cool, while still tossing occasionally. Once it has cooled, mix in the oil and season with salt and pepper.

Oven-Fried Potato Chips

You will need:

  • 4 Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8 inch thick slices
  • ¼ cup of butter, melted
  • Coarse salt

Preheat the oven to 500°F.

Pat the potato slices dry by pressing them between paper towels. Arrange them in buttered cookie sheets. You can also use non-stick cooking spray to grease the pans. Brush the potato slices with butter, then bake them for a good 15 to 20 minutes or until the edges of the potatoes have turned into golden brown. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Truly, potatoes are must-haves in every home. These are only six possible ways to cook potatoes, and there are a whole lot more for you to try. These recipes are easy enough to do and leave you with enough time to prepare everything else that will go with the meal, making these recipes truly worth it. Try looking for similar recipes or finding alternatives for some of the ingredients used in these recipes. Potatoes taste good with anything, so it is okay for you to experiment and tweak these recipes a little depending on your taste. Considering how you can maximize them for meals, sides, snacks, and a whole lot more, potatoes can definitely make your regular meals into home-cooked gourmet goodness. Who knows, these potato recipes just might be the thing for you to prove that you truly are a queen in the kitchen.

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      Geri Mileff 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      That's awesome, @Jane! Let us know how your dishes will turn out! :)

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      Jane 2 years ago

      I love potatoes! Definitely to try some of them...

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      Geri Mileff 2 years ago from Czech Republic

      @Deena Davison, thanks! These recipes made our mouths water, too! :)

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      Deena Davison 2 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Yummy .....