Learn how to store potatoes so they stay fresh longers and 20 potato recipes to use them in.
When I was writing the list for these seasonal produce recipes, my little Irish heart skipped a beat when I got to the potato recipes. I knew I would absolutely love writing about one of my favorite root vegetables and it would be quite a task to pick the best recipes made from potatoes since I think just about any type of potato recipe sounds good. The nerd in me is going back to The Lord Of The Rings where Gollum says to Samwise, “What's Tators, Master?” and Sam explains you can boil 'em, mash 'em or stick 'em in a stew. That's pretty much my feelings on potatoes. They taste good in everything and everyone likes them.
Potatoes are a huge part of winter culture in some parts of the world. The pioneers would dig huge holes to bury them in for the winter because they would sustain them for a good portion of it, providing the calories and energy needed to hunt. If you happen to find potatoes on sale this time of year, make sure you pick up a bunch. They are easy to store for long periods. Here are some tips on How to Store Potatoes as well as some of the most Outstanding Potato Recipes I could find.
How to Store Potatoes
Potatoes are best stored right around 55 degrees. This will make them last about 6-8 solid weeks. You do not want to store whole potatoes in the refrigerator. This is because the coolness of the refrigerator will cause the sugars in the potato to become more starchy and it will dramatically alter the taste and texture.
For best storage conditions, take them out of the bag they come in and do not wash them. Most potatoes were washed when harvested and well dried. Washing them again will cause them to rot faster. Place potatoes in a bin of some sort that allows air to circulate. Find a cool place in your home to store them, preferably where it is not light or humid.
If you are planning on storing cut potatoes in the fridge overnight, here are some tips on How to Prevent Cut Potatoes from Discoloring.
20 Potato Recipes
During holiday baking, any stove burner or oven space you can free up makes things easier, so I love these Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes from Premeditated Leftovers.
One of my favorite ways to eat baked potatoes is if they are twice baked. Check out this recipe for Twice Baked Potatoes from Premeditated Leftovers. It's easier to do than you think.
If you love using your slow cooker as much as I do, use it for soups and make this Slow Cooker Corn Chowder from Saved By Grace. Did you know chowder basically just means “with potatoes”?
This Roasted Potato and Ham Casserole from Premeditated Leftovers is a great way to use up leftovers from the holiday season, but it's also a good quick meal for a weeknight.
If you love restaurant soup copycat recipes, you will love this Panera Bread Potato Soup from Ma Nouvelle Mode.
With all of the flavors of a jalapeno popper, this Jalapeno Popper Potato Salad from Premeditated Leftoversis sure to be a hit at any gathering.
Baked Cheesy Ranch Potatoes from Natasha's Kitchen sound like a great way to add an indulgent side dish to any meal.
If you are a fan of hash browns with breakfast, you will love this recipe for making the fastest, crispiest hash browns ever from Premeditated Leftovers!
Pierogies are a classic potato dish and this recipe for Homemade Pittsburgh Pierogies with Sour Cream from Blythe's Blog show you how easy they are to make.
Herb-Roasted Red Potato Wedges from Premeditated Leftovers are the perfect side to any main dish you could think of.
There usually isn't any leftover mashed potatoes here, but if you find yourself with some, make these Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles from Just a Taste.
These Fast and Easy Hasselback Potatoes shared by Alea on $5 Dinners are a different and delicious variation on baked potatoes that are super easy to make.
Do you and your kids love tater tots? Make them these Homemade Tator Tots from Damn Delicious and you may never buy them frozen again.
With potatoes, sweet potatoes, and kale, this Sweet Onion and Potato Medley Skillet from Premeditated Leftovers packs a lot of flavor and nutrients.
I have never seen anything quite like the BBQ Volcano Potato Recipe from Bacon, Butter, Cheese, and Garlic.
For another fun twist on potato salad, try this Cajun Ranch Potato Salad from Premeditated Leftovers.
This Bloomin' Baked Potato from The Gunny Sack looks absolutely amazing.
These Sauteed Potatoes with Italian Seasoning from Premeditated Leftovers are perfect for hot days when you don't want to turn on the oven.
There's nothing quite like recipes that bring back memories and I would love to try this recipe for Grandma's Cream Potatoes from Lulu the Baker.
These Chili Stuffed Baked Potatoes from Premeditated Leftovers are just delicious and a complete meal wrapped in a potato.
As much as I love potatoes, sometimes they can be a little on the heavy side. This recipe for Skinny Cheesy Potato Casserole from Recipe Runner is one I will definitely have to give a try.