10 Essential Potato Recipes Every Home Cook Should Know

10 Essential Potato Recipes Every Home Cook Should Know

Kelli Foster
Aug 1, 2018
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Potatoes, in all their many varieties, are the real workhorses of the vegetable world. They're delicious and budget-friendly, and that is exactly what makes them so amazing. Their versatility is unmatched, giving them a welcome place at the table any time of day.

From breakfast potatoes to classic potato salad, these are the 10 essential potato recipes we all should know.

1. Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin

This is everyone's favorite potato gratin, and the one I always make instead of scalloped potatoes. Sliced red potatoes are partnered with yellow squash and goat cheese for a perfect side dish.

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2. 3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes

This side dish is a keeper for simple weeknight dinners and holiday meals alike. It's a breeze to pull together and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The recipe makes a lot, but it's quite easy to scale down.

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3. Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

At the risk of being dramatic, you haven't lived until you've had these sweet potatoes. Make these buttery, melt in your mouth potatoes once, and you will keep coming back for more.

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4. How To Make the Best Classic Potato Salad

Everyone needs a really good classic potato salad recipe in their arsenal, and this is the one that delivers every time.

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5. Crispy Salt & Vinegar Potatoes

If salt and vinegar chips are your kryptonite, you need this crispy, tangy side dish in your life.

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6. Diner-Style Breakfast Potatoes

Just like the side you'd find piled next to a plate of eggs at your local diner, these breakfast potatoes are soft with the occasional crisp edge and studded with onions and bell pepper, and they have just a hint of spice.

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7. Fried Potatoes and Sausage Skillet

Partnered with sausage and sweet bell pepper, potatoes becomes the base of an easy skillet dinner. It's great as is, although you wouldn't regret topping it with a fried egg.

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8. Potato Salad with Lemon Tahini & Dill Dressing

For those who are ready to step away from classic potato salad, this version is just as comforting but comes with a fresh twist and punch of flavor.

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9. Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

This make-ahead casserole is the number-one reason I like to keep a bag of shredded potatoes in the freezer. Best of all, there's no need to thaw them. You can add them to the baking dish straight from the freezer.

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10. How To Make Mashed Potatoes for Just Two People

When it comes to potato side dishes, there is no question that creamy, buttery mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. This is a small-batch version, but it's easy to scale up.

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