New Potato Day: Eat and Plant Potatoes Today

2009_03_17-Potatoes.jpg2009_03_17-PotatoesThumbs.jpgDid you know that today is a big day for potatoes? Not only are they a featured part of most St. Patrick's Day menus, but this is also the day when potatoes are traditionally planted! Potatoes go into the ground earlier than most garden seeds, at least in the northern parts of the world. Those new potatoes, dug fresh from the ground in the spring, are so delicious! Here are five fresh ways to eat new potatoes, which are turning up at the markets soon. Here are a few good ways to eat fresh new potatoes. They are delicate and tender, so delicious! Each of these recipes takes a slightly different route to showing off that delicate potato taste.

New potatoes with...

• 1 Crème fraîche and chives - Classic, elegant combination. Doesn't that photo make your mouth water, too? At Sunset.

• 2 Saffron and parsley - A simple preparation of new potatoes, with one exotic ingredient for color and flavor. At Gourmet.

• 3 Ginger, cumin and sesame - Another exotic combination, these potatoes aren't just a side dish - they're dinner! At Martha Stewart.

• 4 Honey and basil - This is my favorite potato salad, with the fresh tang of yogurt, the sweetness of honey, and fresh sweet basil. Oh, and crunchy pink shallots too. Very colorful!

• 5 Thyme and carrots - This would be a great St. Patty's dish - simple carrots and potatoes, enlivened by fresh thyme. At Sunset.

Related: Sixteen Kinds of Potatoes

(Images: Maria Robledo for Sunset Magazine; John Kernick for Gourmet; Martha Stewart; Faith Durand; Annabelle Breakey for Sunset)

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