7 Quick and Easy Potato Sides to Serve with Dinner

7 Quick and Easy Potato Sides to Serve with Dinner

Sheela Prakash
May 3, 2017
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Whatever the main course that's on the menu tonight, a side of potatoes is almost always a good idea. My favorite way to enjoy them is simply roasted, but that can take upwards of an hour and I usually don't have that time to spare on busy weeknights. Luckily, there are plenty of potato recipes that are just as tasty and take a fraction of the time to cook up. Here are seven we love.

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1. How To Bake a Potato in the Microwave

It's hard to deny the pleasure of a simple baked potato alongside a main course, but baking them in the oven can involve more time than you may have. Luckily, cooking them in the microwave takes under 10 minutes.

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2. New Potatoes with Herbs and Anchovy Butter

Boiled potatoes may seem boring, but they are far from it when they are drenched in an anchovy butter and dressed with mixed fresh herbs. Suddenly they're an elegant side dish for any night of the week.

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3. Stovetop Rustic Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes don't need to only be special-occasion fare. This extra-garlicky recipe comes together all in one pot on the stovetop.

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4. Mixed New Potato Salad with Basil and Shallots

While this creamy, herb-flecked potato salad is quite fast to prepare at the end of a long day, it also holds up well in the fridge so you can even make it the night before.

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5. Grilled Potato, Onion, and Bacon Skewers

Parboiling the potatoes before sticking them on skewers ensures that they'll cook up quickly once tossed on the grill. While these skewers make for a great side dish, they're also substantial enough to move to the center of the plate. Parboil the potatoes the night before and you can save even more time.

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6. Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs

Lean on last night's leftover mashed potatoes to make cheesy potato puffs as quickly and easily as possible. Feel free to use any kind of cheese you have in the fridge, be it cheddar, Parmesan, or Gruyère.

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7. Grilled Packet Potatoes

Sealing individual portions of potatoes in foil packets not only makes for easy cleanup, but it also makes for quicker-cooking potatoes, as they both steam and roast inside the foil at the same time.

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