40+ Essential Potato Recipes We Can Always Rely On

updated Sep 17, 2020
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Potatoes, in all their many varieties, are the real workhorses of the vegetable world. These humble spuds are cheap and their versatility is unmatched. There’s almost nothing potatoes can’t do: Roast, mash, bake, or grill them, and you can be sure you’ve got a side dish the whole table will enjoy. But don’t stop there, because potatoes also have what it takes to stand on their own as dinner in the form of a comforting pot of soup, casserole, tray of nachos, taco filling, and so much more.

Ready for some inspiration to cook up those potatoes that have been hanging out in your kitchen? We’re sharing more than 40 of our best potato recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

Roasted Potato Recipes

You can never go wrong with roasted potatoes as a side dish. Those crisp, caramelized edges are impossibly delicious and totally irresistible. Plus, they go with almost everything. And after getting the basics down, you’ll barely need to glance at the recipe.

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Garlic Butter Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are pretty great, but these garlic butter roasted potatoes are even better.
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Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth sweet potatoes are like no other sweet potatoes you've ever tasted.
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Crash Hot Potatoes
Crash hot potatoes are like a cross between a fluffy baked potato and a greasy, golden french fry. You get all the creamy, buttery goodness of a baked tater, packaged in a super-crispy, crackly shell that’s glistening with oil and sparkling with salt.
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Rosemary Roasted Potatoes
It's hard to beat the classic combination of roasted potatoes and woody rosemary.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes
In the hierarchy of all the ways to cook a sweet potato, you simply cannot beat perfectly roasted cubes with well-browned, caramelized edges that crackle when you bite through the surface into the creamy center.
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Parmesan Pesto Roasted Potatoes
This is a pasta-lover’s potato: rich in garlicky, herby flavor and packed with cheese, with all the crispy goodness of the best roasted potatoes.
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Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes
Make these Parmesan-coated sweet potatoes once and you will never go back to plain roasted sweet potatoes again.
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Crispy Salt & Vinegar Fingerling Potatoes
Inspired by salt and vinegar chips, these soft-in-the-center, crispy-on-the-outside potato are packed with flavor.
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Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Thick rounds of sweet potato are seasoned, smashed, and roasted, creating crispy-edged medallions with creamy, tender centers.
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Mashed Potato Recipes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple for many, but I urge you not to reserve them for the holiday alone. This indulgent side deserves a spot on your dinner table all throughout the year.

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Classic Mashed Potatoes
When what you're craving is the comfort of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes, this is foolproof method delivers.
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Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Cream cheese upgrades classic mashed potatoes into the creamiest, dreamiest side.
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
When time is ticking, your Instant Pot is the answer creamy, tender mashed potatoes any night of the week.
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
The slow cooker is quite possibly the easiest way to make mashed potatoes. Plus it keeps them warm until your ready to serve.
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Sour Cream Smashed Potatoes with Fried Shallots
Inspired by potato stuffed pierogi, these sour cream and onion mashed potatoes deserve a spot at your table.
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes
For a creamier, more flavorful result the potatoes are simmered in a bath of nutty brown butter and milk, then mashed and mixed with a drizzle of maple syrup.
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Quick Potato Recipes

The catch with a lot of potato recipes is that while they might be incredibly easy to make, they come with a long cook time. This lineup, on the other hand, includes some of the quickest-cooking potato recipes we know, including sides, soups, and one-pot dinners.

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Instant Pot "Baked" Potatoes
Forget the oven! Instant Pot "baked" potatoes cook in a fraction of the time and have the same crave-worthy tender, ultra-creamy center.
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5-Ingredient Baked Potato Soup
Spoiler: No baked potatoes are required for this soup. Just one freezer shortcut will get you from done to devoured in less than 30 minutes!
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Sweet Potato Curry
This quick Thai-inspired red curry is filled with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and baby spinach that's made creamy with coconut milk.
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3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes
Thick chunks of red potatoes are tossed with a generous dusting of garlic powder, then finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon before they hit the table. It's the answer for a quick side that pairs with anything.
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5-Ingredient Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup
If you’re looking for a hearty soup to fill out your meal plan, look no further than this sausage, sweet potato, and kale variety.
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Fried Potatoes and Sausage Skillet
With crumbled sausage and creamy potatoes at the helm, this skillet is rooted in hearty, wholesome comfort and balanced by a light, bright twist from a handful of fresh herbs and a generous squeeze of lemon.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Chowder
This vegan sweet potato chowder delivers everything you want in a warm fall soup.
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How To Bake a Potato in the Microwave
If you need dinner on the table with zero delays, then a microwaved baked potato is pretty much an ideal solution. Here's the best way to do it.
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3-Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes
Not only do these potatoes have the ultra-crispy, crackly edges you love, but they also have a little added tang and go with everything.
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Easy, Creamy Instant Pot Potato Soup
A duo of milk and cream cheese give this Instant Pot potato soup an irresistible thick and creamy texture, while bacon adds a gentle smoky aroma.
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Vegetable Breakfast Hash
This wholesome hash is a great way to start the morning with a dose of veggies, though it's truly a welcome meal any time of day.
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Easy Grilled Sweet Potatoes
This is the quickest sweet potato side I know. And after just 10 minutes on the grill they’ll be sweet and tender with a hint of smokiness from the flames.
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Vegetarian Potato Main Dish Recipes

Let’s not forget that potatoes are capable of being more than just a side dish to your meal. Whether you stuff them or turn them into patties, potatoes — particularly sweet potatoes — have big potential to be the main attraction.

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5-Ingredient Enchilada Casserole
With a smart grocery list in hand, you can make easy enchiladas with just five ingredients and no tortilla rolling required.
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Sweet Potato-Chickpea Patties with Sriracha-Yogurt Dip
Rather than start with mashed, cooked sweet potato, this recipe saves time by using a box grater.
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Vegetarian Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
A tiny can of chipotles in adobo are the secret to packing these stuffed potatoes with tons of big flavor.
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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos
If you’re looking for a taco recipe that appeals to almost everyone, this is it.
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Potato Nachos with Pinto Beans and Spinach
The beauty of these wholesome potato nachos is that you can add as many or as few toppings as you like.
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Roasted Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwiches
Sweet potato sandwiches are just the ticket to upgrading your lunch game. And the best part is that most of the components can all be prepped in advance.
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Roasted Cauliflower Bowl with Lentils & Sweet Potato Hummus
As a replacement for chickpeas, the natural sweetness of sweet potato melds perfectly with nutty tahini to produce a really knockout "hummus".
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Summer Baked Potatoes with Ricotta, Blistered Tomatoes & Pesto
Baked potatoes get a summertime twist thanks to creamy ricotta, juicy tomatoes, and vibrant basil pesto.
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Sweet Potato Fajitas
These fajitas have roasted sweet potatoes seasoned with cumin and smoked paprika. Stuff them into tortillas and drizzle with a tangy crema.
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Smoky Sweet Potato & Black Bean Casserole
This hearty vegetarian casserole uses both smoked mozzarella cheese and smoky paprika to liven up sweet potatoes and black beans.
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Sweet Potatoes with Chickpea Tomato Sauce
Both the potatoes and warm-spiced chickpea filling can be prepped in advance, so you just have a few minutes of reheating when dinnertime rolls around.
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Fancy Potato Recipes

Add some butter or cream (and take some inspiration from the French) and potatoes can become a totally impressive side.

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Dauphinoise Potatoes
A classic French side dish made with slices potatoes, heavy cream, and Gruyère cheese.
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Fondant Potatoes
An easy, impressive recipe for restaurant-quality fondant potatoes made with just five staple ingredients.
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Chantilly Potatoes
French-style Chantilly potatoes are the ultimate fast and fancy side dish. The addition of whipped cream makes them extra light and fluffy.
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Lyonnaise Potatoes Recipe
Thinly-sliced potatoes are cooked until tender, with buttery, crisp edges, then tossed with rich strands of caramelized onions.
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French-Inspired Potato Salad
An easy recipe for a mayo-free potato salad that's light and tangy thanks to Dijon mustard and fresh herbs.
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Pommes Persillade
Crispy diced potatoes tossed in melted butter, garlic, and parsley is the ultimate side dish.
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