The 8 Best Potatoes for RoastingSkills
“It’s not always easy to figure out which potatoes to use for what,” writes Deborah Madison in Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Some 25 years after the book was published, those words still ring true, especially when you consider the range of conventional and heirloom potato varieties available at supermarkets and farm stands. The best potatoes for roasting, baking, mashing, and frying aren’t always interchangeable.
3 Rules for Making the Absolute Best Mashed Potatoes
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Number two is a total game-changer.
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Mashed PotatoesSkills
For your best mashed potatoes yet.
Oct 19, 2023
We Tried 7 Ways of Storing Potatoes and the Winner Outlasted Them All For MonthsSkills
Here’s to the humble, dependable spud. It has to be one of the top kitchen staples of all time, loved for its versatility — giving us creamy mashes, comforting hashes, cheesy gratins, crisp fries, crunchy chips, fluffy bakes to load with butter and sour cream, and much more. We tend to take this kitchen stalwart for granted, stashing it in the pantry with little care and expecting it to be there at our beck and call. But that doesn’t always pan out.
Oct 16, 2023
Here’s a Foolproof Way to Prep Mashed Potatoes So They Reheat Perfectly SoftSkills
You really don't have to make mashed potatoes day-of for them to come out perfect.
Dec 9, 2022
This Is the Prettiest (and Easiest) Way to Serve Potato ChipsSkills
A simple and clever way to bring your appetizers to the next level!
Nov 23, 2022
This Tool Will Give You the Fluffiest Mashed Potatoes Ever, Hands DownSkills
For years I had heard that the way to get the fluffiest, lightest mashed potatoes did not involve a masher, a wooden spoon, or (shudder) a food processor. The magical tool was a food mill. Last year I finally acquired one and I can say that the stories are true; for the lightest, fluffiest potatoes, a food mill is the way to go. I am a big fan of this food mill made by OXO. It’s dishwasher-safe, which is a major bonus when you’re talking about mashed potatoes and other purées.
Nov 15, 2022
How to Store Raw and Cooked Sweet PotatoesSkills
Make them last with our handy storage tips.
Oct 20, 2022
Can You Eat Potato Eyes?Skills
And what exactly are potato eyes, anyway?
Oct 13, 2022
These Are the Only Potatoes to Use for Fluffy Mashed PotatoesSkills
I grew up thinking that mashed potatoes came from the dehydrated flakes in a box. When I finally made my own from scratch, the result was such a revelation that I haven’t looked back since. But transforming a potato into the delicious, comforting magic of mashed potatoes really starts at the grocery store. You need to pick the right potato so you end up with light, fluffy mashed potatoes. There are three basic categories of potatoes: starchy, waxy, and in-between.
Oct 8, 2022
We Tried 7 Methods for Making Crispy Oven FriesSkills
The winner was absolutely perfect.
Sep 28, 2022
This Is the Fastest Way to Peel a Bunch of Potatoes at OnceSkills
Save yourself a lot of hassle by using this easy trick.
Sep 28, 2022
How to Freeze Potatoes So They Last for MonthsSkills
They'll be good as new even weeks later!
Sep 15, 2022
4 Storage Tips to Keep Potatoes Fresh for MonthsSkills
Yes, really, for months.
Sep 13, 2022
How To Make Mashed Potatoes for Just Two PeopleSkills
If you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner for just two, you can easily whip up mashed potatoes without making a Thanksgiving-sized pot-full.
Aug 11, 2022
What Are White Sweet Potatoes And Why Aren’t They Orange?Skills
If you’ve ever cut into a sweet potato and the flesh was white, you’re in for a treat. The flesh of sweet potatoes come in different colored hues including orange, purple, yellow or white. The term white sweet potato is used to describe any variety of sweet potato that has white flesh. The two most common white-fleshed sweet potatoes are Boniato, also called batata, or Cuban sweet potato, and the Japanese sweet potato, also called the satsuma-imo.
Jul 22, 2022
Sixteen Kinds of PotatoesSkills
Potatoes fall into three basic categories: starchy, waxy, and those in between (which are referred to as all-purpose). The trick is knowing which potato works best in which circumstance. Consider this a user’s guide to the humble spud. We break down which potato is best for baking, boiling, roasting, and more.It’s a good idea to inspect your potatoes before you buy them.
Jul 21, 2022
This Hack Will Keep Your Lean Meats from Sticking to Your Grill This SummerSkills
And you most likely already have what you need in your pantry.
Jul 12, 2022
Bobby Flay's Simple Trick for Superior Potato SaladSkills
Amp up the flavor!
May 28, 2022
Helpful Tip: Bake Up Some Sweet Potatoes!Skills
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a quick but filling and nutritious meal on a busy day. One thing I’ve learned to do is to tuck a few sweet potatoes into the oven whenever I’m baking something. That way, I have a head start on a delicious, nutritious meal, ready to go whenever I’m hungry but pressed for time. Read on for several suggestions for how to use a baked sweet potato.
May 12, 2022
Add This to the Water When Making Mashed Potatoes for the Creamiest Spuds EverSkills
This simple trick will seriously improve your mashed potatoes.
May 3, 2022
This Is the Secret to Getting the Fluffiest Baked Potato EverSkills
You won't even need a knife to make it happen.
Jan 24, 2022
We Tried 5 Methods for Baking Sweet Potatoes and the Winner Was So SimpleSkills
Perfect baked sweet potatoes await you.
Jan 23, 2022
This Simple Trick Will Help You Achieve Baked Potato PerfectionSkills
One step might surprise you.
Nov 10, 2021
How to Rescue Ruined Mashed PotatoesSkills
Whether your mashed potatoes are watery, lumpy, over-salted, or gluey, we'll show you how to fix them and make them delicious.
Nov 7, 2021
The Best Way to Meal-Prep Sweet Potato CubesSkills
Here's how to cook sweet potatoes so they hold their shape in salads and grain bowls instead of turning to mush.
Nov 7, 2021
John Legend’s Secret to Super-Crispy Roasted PotatoesSkills
Listen for the sizzle.
Sep 20, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Mashed Potatoes and Found a Clear Winner
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We looked at texture, taste, ease, and time to find the method mostly likely to lead to success.
Jun 21, 2021
This Super Simple Trick Has Me Peeling Potatoes Faster Than EverSkills
This tip has almost 50,000 likes on TikTok.
Feb 17, 2021
The Best Potatoes for Potato SaladSkills
Just remember waxy is better than starchy!
Jun 16, 2020
A Former Line Cook’s Advice for Avoiding Gummy Mashed PotatoesSkills
They should be stick-to-your-ribs tasty, not stick-to-your-mouth gluey.
Jan 9, 2020
8 Brilliant Cooking Methods for Bacon, Potatoes, Eggs, and More from 2019
Best of 2019
Eight times our test kitchen went to the mat and came back with a clear winner.
Dec 24, 2019
Making Fluffy Mashed Potatoes? Don’t Peel Before Boiling.Skills
Peeling is actually easier afterward: We'll show you how.
Nov 20, 2019
The Old-School Secret to My Grandma’s Thanksgiving Mashed PotatoesSkills
It’s the sort of cooking tip that is sometimes frowned upon amid today’s predominant fresh-is-best philosophy.
Nov 20, 2019
We Tried 6 Methods for Baking a Potato and Found a Clear Winner
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We compared the time, texture, and taste of each method.
Oct 23, 2019
6 Tips for Cooking *Much* Better PotatoesSkills
If your potato game is lagging, we can help.
Oct 17, 2019
Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes Every Time with Tyler Florence’s Super-Smart Tip
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Oct 11, 2019
How to Make Mashed Potatoes Even More Craveable
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Want to make your mashed potatoes really pop? Try a hint of nutmeg.
Sep 9, 2019
Weeknight Comfort: Making Mashed Potatoes a MealSkills
Can mashed potatoes really qualify as a meal by themselves? If you mix in enough other ingredients, we think they certainly can! Mashed potatoes are really just like polenta, rice, or any other starchy side, and they make the perfect foil for just about anything we have in the fridge. Here are a few of our favorites extras!We realized mashed potatoes could be a meal unto themselves when we got hungry while making a batch of Twice Baked Potatoes.
May 2, 2019
7 Sweet Potato Casserole Toppings That Aren’t MarshmallowsSkills
There are plenty of legitimate reasons you might want to skip the traditional sweet potato casserole topping of caramelized, gooey marshmallows. Maybe you’re welcoming a vegan or vegetarian to the table, or you want to eat less sugar during the holidays, or maybe you’re one of those folks who just doesn’t like marshmallows! Luckily, sweet potato casserole doesn’t hinge on a marshmallow topping.
Nov 20, 2018
The Simple Trick for Making the Best Sweet Potato CasseroleSkills
Every year my family’s Thanksgiving spread absolutely needs to include a creamy, marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole. It’s essential. I’ve made a lot of variations of this iconic dish, and over the years I’ve learned that what makes it so great isn’t the topping — it’s the way you treat the potatoes. This is the easy, but important trick you need to know.
Nov 20, 2018
6 Tips for Making Better Roasted Sweet PotatoesSkills
Many of us are eating sweet potatoes throughout the year — baked, turned into noodles, or just boiled and mashed — but I’m declaring November the official start of roasted sweet potato season. When you roast sweet potatoes, their flesh becomes sweeter, burnished by the hot oven, and the flesh tenderizes into the most delicious bites ever.
Nov 17, 2018
4 Ingenious Ways You Should Be Using Instant Potato FlakesSkills
Instant potato flakes aren’t exactly high on most lists of pantry essentials. You may keep them around in chilly months as a quick and easy shortcut to creamy mashed potatoes, but they’re probably more likely collecting dust on supermarket shelves. What you might not know, though, is that these little flakes — made most often from either russet potatoes or Yukon Golds that have been cooked, mashed, and dehydrated — can work their magic in a surprising amount of dishes.
Sep 23, 2018
What’s the Difference Between Scalloped and Au Gratin Potatoes?Skills
They're both comforting baked potatoes casseroles, but they're not one and the same.
Sep 14, 2018
You Can Add This Vegetable to Basically Any Baked GoodSkills
If you’re looking to incorporate more veggies into your diet, you may be focusing on how you can add them to dinner. But if you’ve got a sweet tooth, may I suggest working them into dessert, too? I know this isn’t a new concept. Our uber-popular double chocolate zucchini bread packs in the nutrients, but tastes just like a decadent chocolate loaf cake. We’ve stuffed grated beets into chocolate beet cupcakes, and of course eaten our fair share of classic carrot cake.
Sep 8, 2018
The One Thing You Should Be Doing for Even Better Tater TotsSkills
After a (much-too-long) hiatus, I’ve reintroduced tater tots to my meal plan. And you know what? I think they taste even more amazing now than they did when I was a kid. All I had to do was change the way I cooked them. To cook a batch of irresistibly delicious tater tots, you’re going to need more time on the clock than what’s instructed on the bag.
Jul 17, 2018
5 Ways to Make Your Fries at Home Taste Like Your Favorite Fast Food JointSkills
You don’t have to hit the drive-thru to get your fill of hot and crispy fries. All you need to do is try one (or more!) of these five tricks to make your next batch of at-home fries taste just like your favorite fast food joint. Part of what makes McDonald’s and Wendy’s fries so dang amazing is that they are super generous with the salt shaker. If salty fries are your thing, these fast food fries are top of the class.
Feb 9, 2018
Jamie Oliver Has a Smart Tip for Perfect Roast PotatoesSkills
Roasting potatoes doesn’t seem like something that would require a degree from culinary school. Usually it’s a simple process of cleaning the spuds, dicing them, tossing them with oil and herbs, and then roasting them until they reach crispy perfection, right? Right. That’s what I thought too until I saw Jamie Oliver make his version, and I won’t lie — I learned more than a few tricks! Want to see how he makes the most magical roast potatoes?
Nov 15, 2017
These Hot Honey Sweet Potatoes Will Win FriendsgivingSkills
If you’re celebrating Friendsgiving this weekend and were tasked with bringing a side dish, I’ve got just the thing for you: hot honey sweet potatoes. Roasted with butter and brown sugar and then drizzled with a spicy jalapeño-infused honey, these are not your Aunt Rita’s sweet potatoes — and that’s exactly the point. Friendsgiving is a more relaxed version of Thanksgiving.
Nov 15, 2017
How To Peel and Chop Sweet Potatoes: 3 WaysSkills
Here's everything you need to know about preparing sweet potatoes.
Oct 24, 2017
It’s Totally Weird for Summer, but I’m Obsessed with Sweet Potatoes Right NowSkills
Summer is synonymous with cold salads, Popsicles, and grilled food. It’s the time of year when you’re supposed to say goodbye to your oven (unless you’re making pie), and opt for simple, fresh meals. It’s the time for weekly trips to the farmers market, tons of seasonal vegetables and fruits, and lazy beach days. It should be all about lazy cooking. So why, all of a sudden, am I obsessed with roasted sweet potatoes?
Jun 24, 2017
Why You Should Make a Batch of Sweet Potatoes at the Beginning of the WeekSkills
Along with hard-boiled eggs and a pot of beans, the one thing I always make at the beginning of the week is a big batch of baked sweet potatoes. Of all the prepped foods that make the week a little easier, this vibrant orange root vegetable is the MVP. It is a blank canvas full of potential for a simple side dish that’s ready to be eaten as is; a quick fix to bulk up salads, grain bowls, and eggs; or, with a simple upgrade, it can be a meal in itself.
Jan 18, 2017
Recipe Roulette: How You Should Top Your Baked PotatoSkills
Don’t you love the smell of a baked potato right out of the oven? Nowadays, you can go beyond just salt and butter and stuff one with an abundance of ingredients. You can try hummus, pulled pork, apples, and even sauerkraut. Read more: How To Bake a Potato: Three Easy Methods With our recipe roulette, the possibilities for how to stuff your baked potato are endless. All you have to do is hit pause whenever you like on the video and let the universe decide your ingredients.
Dec 5, 2016
5 Reasons to Always Roast Extra Sweet PotatoesSkills
Are you roasting sweet potatoes to go with dinner? Before you get started, there’s one more thing you need to do: Add one or two extra to the baking sheet! It takes almost no extra work, but pays big dividends later. Here are five reasons to always roast extra sweet potatoes. When it comes to roasting sweet potatoes, you have a choice to make: Do you want to cut up the potatoes? You’ve got four options. Whole, with the skin on. Cut into wedges (skin on or off).
Oct 25, 2016
5 Ways to Make a Meal Out of Frozen Hash BrownsSkills
Of all the ingredients in all the world, potatoes happen to be my favorite. Fried, mashed, and nestled under a roasting chicken, I love them no matter the preparation. I even love them frozen. And that’s because, when it comes to making a quick, filling snack, there’s no better item to have on hand than shredded hash browns. Frozen hash browns have chameleon-like properties. When fried or baked, they add a surprising pop of crunch to an otherwise texture-less dish.
Feb 19, 2016
5 Ways to Make Mashed Potatoes More than a Side DishSkills
Piled high, topped with a pat of butter or savory gravy, mashed potatoes are hard to resist. But this Thanksgiving essential has the power to go way beyond just a comforting side dish — we’ve got five ways to prove it. The key to making any of these dishes shine, of course, is making a really great batch of mashed potatoes.
Nov 19, 2015