Game Day Snacks: Kick Off Football Season and National Chicken Month

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Celebrate the start of football season and National Chicken Month with some simple game day snacks.

Is there anything sweeter than the start of football season? What if we told you that not only are your favorite teams kicking off on the field, but that September is also National Chicken Month? Can you say “delicious game day snacks?”

Potatoes a delicious addition to your game day snacks spread, and they’re easy to prepare, so you can spend your day enjoying the big game, not on food preparation. Baking a potato in the oven takes around 45 minutes, but you can bake up a farm fresh PotatOH in just 4-7 minutes in the microwave to save yourself time for what’s really important here: FOOTBALL!

Potatoes and chicken go hand in wing, don’t they? From loaded tater skins to potato and chicken soft tacos, there are endless delicious ways to team up these all star foods on game day. We’ve rounded up some of the best game day finger foods for your next football get together. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

1. Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

A smoky, spicy twist on regular potato skins. Skip the oven and microwave your potatoes to make this dish even faster!
 
 
 
Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas

2. Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas

With just 5 ingredients, this easy game day snack is still a crowd-pleaser. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa for dipping. Image Source: Rachel Ray.
 
 
 
Grilled Rosemary Chicken

3. Grilled Chicken and Potato Skewers

Impress your guests with grilled kabobs that use rosemary stems instead of bamboo skewers. Image Source: Endless Simmer.
 
 
 
Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

4. Chili Lime Chicken Potato Tacos

Taco night on game day, anyone? Serve these tacos already made, or set out the ingredients separately to let your game day guests build their own.
 
 
 
Potato Croquettes

5. Chicken, Mushroom, and Potato Croquettes

Cut your cooking time in half by microwaving the potatoes instead of boiling them, then kick back and get ready to impress your guests with these croquettes. Image Source: Onion Rings and Things.
 
 
Potato Knish

6. Potato Knishes

A knish is a Jewish pastry stuffed with savory goodness. This version is packed with potatoes mashed with chicken stock. Image Source: All Recipes.
 
 
 
Chicken Curry Puffs

7. Chicken Curry Puffs

Think of these as cheater’s samosas. Instead of making the dough from scratch, these spicy curry puffs use pre-made puff pastry dough to save time and guess work. Your guests never need to know!
 
 
 
Sweet Potato Squares

8. Sweet Potato and Lemon Sausage

Use chicken sausage instead of pork to lighten up this recipe in honor of National Chicken Month. Image Source: My Recipes.

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by Daniel X. O’Niel on Flickr

Mother’s Day Recipes for Every Mom


Mother's Day Recipes

Mother’s Day is this Sunday! Are you having trouble coming up with a recipe that’s just right for your mom? We’ve got you covered!

Moms come in as many flavors as our potatoes do colors, and it can be tough coming up with recipe ideas for a momma with discerning taste. Whether your mom is a total foodie, prefers comfort food, or falls somewhere in between, we have recipe suggestions for you!

We also want your Mother’s Day brunch to be about hanging with mom, not about standing over the stove, so we’ve picked out recipes that you can prep in advance, so you’ll spend minimal time in the kitchen on Sunday.

1. Foodie Momma

Does your mom love cooking shows, subscribe to Gourmet magazine, and like recipes that involve creme fraiche? Impress her palate with something fancy, like this Potato and Boursin Fritata. You can make the potato mixture in advance, so on the day-of, you’ll just spread it into the skillet, pour on the eggs and cheese, and bake. No stove time required!

2. Healthy Momma

If your mom is trying to eat light, you can still treat her right! Toss together a bed of field greens and top them with our Light and Lively Fingerling Potato Salad. A light vinaigrette replaces the heavy mayo that’s in most potato salad recipes, and the potatoes are filling without adding too many calories! This salad keeps beautifully in the fridge; you can prepare it up to two days in advance.

3. Vegetarian Momma

More and more folks are going meatless, and if you’re not used to cooking a vegetarian meal, it might be tough coming up with something tasty for Mother’s Day that your mom can eat. Make an Asian-themed meal centered around some delicious Japanese potato croquettes! You can make the croquettes the day before and just pop them into the oven on Mother’s Day.

4. Meat and Potatoes Momma

Cooking for a mom who likes more hearty fare, but want to add a bit of flair? She will love our Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole. You can assemble the casserole a day ahead, then just cook it up in the microwave when it’s almost brunch time. This is a super quick recipe that takes just 20 minutes in the microwave!

5. Traditional Momma

If your mom likes to keep it simple, surprise her with a good ol’ Chicken and Potato Pot Pie! Get all of the chopping done the day before, and this recipe will come together in less than half an hour on Sunday.

Cinco de Mayo Recipes: Celebrate Potato Style!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita

Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo shindig? Potatoes are a big part of Mexican cuisine, and they pair beautifully with traditional Mexican spices. We’ve rounded up some our favorite festive recipes to help you celebrate right!

The fifth of May is the anniversary of the Mexican army defeating the French in 1862, and it’s actually not a big holiday in Mexico. Here in the U.S., though, we love to celebrate with Mexican-themed fare, and of course plenty of frosty margaritas.

But sometimes we can overdo it on Cinco de Mayo, so balance out those margaritas with a good-for-you spread of healthy potato recipes! Check out our healthy Cinco de Mayo menu, along with a bonus recipe for our tangy (totally not healthy) margarita!

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Appetizers

Kick things off with some tasty crowd-pleasing starters! If you’re not doing a sit-down shindig, you can just serve these appetizers as finger foods, so your guests will have something festive and healthy to munch on between cocktails.

Potato Tacos

The Main Event

Cinco de Mayo is on a Sunday this year, which means you can celebrate with a yummy brunch. We’ve got a few main course options for you, so whether you go brunchy or for more standard fare, we’ve got you covered!

Cinco de Mayo Margarita

Margaritas are not what we’d call health food, but it’s a holiday, so indulge a little! We’ll never tell.

Makes: 8 margaritas

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces tequila
  • 8 ounces of triple sec
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup simple syrup (optional)
  • Ice

Directions

Pour all of the ingredients into the blender, adding enough ice so the liquid is just covering it. Blend until smooth, and serve immediately.

Image Credit: Remixed Creative Commons photo by Lee Edwin Coursey

Big Game Grub: 4 Easy Recipes for Super Bowl Party Appetizers

It’s been a long season with many surprises and great moments. Here in Colorado, we said goodbye to Tim Tebow and welcomed Peyton Manning to the Denver Broncos, and boy did he impress in his first season, taking us all the way to the playoffs and making us dream of the Super Bowl! Too bad those pesky Baltimore Ravens just had to get in the way.

Anyway, Super Bowl XLVII is just 4 days away, and if you’re throwing a party and inviting friends over, that means it’s time to start planning ideas for appetizers and snacks for Game Day. Just like last year, you can always count on us to share recipes recipes for the Big Game that are full of flavor and easy to make. Whether you go with finger food, tacos, a casserole or good ol’ mashed taters, these 4 recipes are sure to score a touchdown with your guests. Enjoy!

Potato Dippers with Sauces

Grilled Potato Dippers with a Trio of Sauces

These ain’t any regular old potato wedges. What truly makes these special are three dipping sauces packed with so much flavor, taking just one bite is like being sacked with deliciousness. All three sauces: red pepper basil, caramelized onion and chive, and avocado cilantro use fat-free Greek yogurt and can be chilled in the fridge for up to 24 hours before the game.

Potato Tacos

Chili Lime Potato Tacos

These chili lime potato tacos will be a big hit with all of your guests! You can make them with chicken and salsa verde, turkey and red chili, keep them vegetarian with soy chorizo and veggies, or even make them gluten free! The chili and lime flavors taste truly authentic and with all four recipes at less than 250 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, you won’t blitz your guests with calories.

Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole

Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole

This is a fun Mexican-style recipe that’s easy to make and a proven crowd pleaser. It’s also a time-saver, since you can make it in your microwave. Along with tomatoes, potatoes, beef and cheese, you can use corn tortillas or flavored corn chips. Best of all, just like with a taco, you can add your favorite toppings like hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream or plain yogurt, green onion or salsa.

Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

You’ve never seen mashed potatoes quite like these. With so many flavors including monterey jack cheese, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and fresh cilantro, you’ll never look at mashed potatoes the same way after taking your first bite. For guests that have love mashed potatoes but think they’ve seen it all, this will be a welcome spicy surprise.
 
Are you making other potato appetizers and snacks for the Big Game? Let us know in the comments!

 

Tailgating with Potatoes: Fall Football Party Snacks

Tailgating

Whether your team is pro, college or the local high school, if you’re a serious football fan and you’re going to the big game, you’ll probably spend a few pre- and post-game hours whooping it up in the parking lot. Yup. We’re talking tailgate parties.

Each year, between 20 and 50 million Americans pull up a lawn chair and join the fun. And that number is on the rise. But perhaps even more surprising: we recently learned that 30% of these serious fans never even take a seat in the stadium. They’re there for the camaraderie. And, of course, the amazing cooking. We know we never leave hungry.

As a salute to tailgaters everywhere, here are three great potato recipes to work into your rotation. Whether you’re a total rookie or the local all-star in the fender fare game, there’s something here for you, and many more great ideas in the recipe section of our website. Go Team!

Baked Potato Bar

If you plan to grill, smoke or otherwise prepare your main dish right outside the stadium, serving a make-ahead side dish can help ensure you actually have time to enjoy the party, too. A baked potato bar is great idea that puts the prep work ahead of game day.

Pre-game prep: plan out your toppings. Chili with sour cream, green onions, hot sauce, tomatoes, cheese. Go more upscale with caviar and crème fraiche (try that with new potatoes!). Or cheese, broccoli and bacon.  The idea is to let your guests customize their spud.

On the day of, either make a batch of PotatOHs right in the microwave and store them, wrapped in foil, in a small cooler (obviously, not with ice!).  Or, if you’re going to be grilling anyway, you can put foil wrapped potatoes over the coals, where they take about 30-45 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Another great pre-prep idea, buffalo chicken potato skins are a perfect blend of two game food favorites. Make this dish the day before, and put you potatoes into a disposable foil pan. Then, you can cook them before the game and pack them to go. Or, better yet, cook them on the grill in the pan. Bring extra buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing and celery sticks.

Cookout Potatoes

This recipe for grill top au gratins is also a prepare the day before, cook when you get there idea. This would be great with Italian sausage, flank steak or ham. It also transports very easily and you don’t have to worry about the ingredients spoiling in the car if there’s more game-day traffic than you imagined.

Fall Potluck Dinner Potato Recipes

Fall Potluck Dinner
Last Saturday was the first day of fall, so it makes sense that summer picnics are giving way to fall potlucks. We already have few invitations up on the fridge. And on Sunday afternoon, we went to a farm up the road, dish in hand, for the first potluck of the season.

One of the best parts of a potluck is getting to try lots of different things. Our neighbors are very good cooks and in addition to the classic comfort casseroles, there are often many inspired dishes to try. But we’re not just about eating other people’s stuff. We also love it when our recipe goes over well. It’s rewarding to bring home an empty platter or be asked to share the recipe!

So what makes a good potluck recipe? We think, as a general rule of thumb, that a good potluck dish should:

  • Be fast and easy to make, maybe even ahead of time
  • Be simple to take in the car
  • Require little or no fuss for your host at the part

Whatever you bring, make sure you think about how you’re going to get it there before you start cooking. Do you know what dish you’re going to cook it in? Do you have everything you need to transport it safely (hot pads, dish towels, stuff like that)? Bring the utensils you’ll need as well as any condiments, sauces or toppings. And lastly, put your name on the dish and write out what it is, how to reheat it and how to serve it. That will help your host.

Because we still have zucchini coming out of our ears, this time we made mashed potato veggie strata, but below are our three go-to recipes that are always sure to be crowd-pleasers.

Beef and Potato Tamale Casserole

Beef & Potato Tamale Casserole (Thumb)
This is a fun Mexican-style recipe that’s easy to make and a proven crowd pleaser. We usually make two of this, but we don’t double the recipe: we just assemble it in two separate dishes. We assemble the dish right before the party and then pop one into the microwave when we get there. Sometimes, we use flavored corn chips instead of corn tortillas. And we always bring a few garnishes like hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream or plain yogurt, diced onion or green onion, salsa; basically, anything you’d add to a taco would be great! Yum.

Potatoes Florentine


This dish is really easy to make and looks beautiful when served. Like with the casserole, we prepare this dish in advance, pop the potatoes into a baking pan and cook them at the party. They only take 20 minutes in the oven, so we don’t feel like we’re hogging it. Don’t forget to bring a pretty serving platter. If there are a lot of other dishes at the party, you may want to cut these in half or in thirds so people can save room on their plate to try lots of other things.

Warm Honey Mustard Potato Salad with Green Beans

Warm Potato Salad (Thumb)
This is a fast and easy dish, but people usually appreciate the mouthwatering colors and unique flavors. Another thing we like about it is that you don’t have to serve it warm. We almost like it better at room temperature, which makes it a great choice for a potluck! Sometimes we add bacon crumbles or diced ham. Sometimes we add a bit of fresh tarragon. So don’t feel afraid to experiment a bit.

 

Fiesta! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With 3 Zesty Potato Recipes

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Potatoes were introduced in Mexico by Spaniards in the 16th century, and today they are the best amigos of other favorite Mexican foods, including chili peppers, beans, rice and tortillas. If you’re looking for quick and easy Mexican recipes that are big on flavor and easy on the calories, we’ve got you covered! Here are three potato recipes that will add color, spice and sabor to your Cinco de Mayo party!

 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Add spice to your Cinco de Mayo party with these smashers that mix potatoes with sweet peppers, cilantro, sour cream or greek yogurt, and a hint of chili powder. You can use any potatoes you like, and you can get creative with yellow and red potatoes, or Express Bake russets, sweets or fingerling Jubileez. They’re easy to make (smash the potatoes together for added fun!), low on calories (only 50), and big on flavor.

 

Baked Potato Nachos

Baked Potato Nachos

With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious spud-infused nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories. Eat them just like that, or add salsa, guacamole and sour cream for extra flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Just be careful when you put them out — your guests may not let them last longer than it takes to dance “La Macarena!”

 

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos Thumbnail

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos

Enjoy great Mexican taste with fewer calories. Make them with chicken, vegetarian, and even gluten free! It’s easy to adapt the basic recipe to your liking with the variations on our recipe page.The chili and lime flavors taste truly authentic and with all four recipes at less than 250 calories and 7 grams of fat per serving, they’re perfect for a low-calorie diet.

 

Touchdown! Potato Recipes for the Big Game

Having friends and family over for the big game on Sunday and need some ideas for appetizers and snacks? We’ve got you covered. These delicious potato recipes are full of flavor and will keep your guests happy without blitzing them with calories. Put these in the game and go for the big win!

Cheesy Potato Skins

We often take the ultra-low-fat potato and fry it into nutritional oblivion, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A low-fat makeover of everyone’s favorite football party spud snack, these cheesy potato skins keep things light and are full of flavor, thanks to healthy portions of paprika and parmessan cheese. Add some cayenne pepper and these skins will pack a little kick that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Great as an appetizer or side.

 

Baked Potato Nachos

With black beans, green chiles tomatoes, olives, onions and shredded cheese, these colorful and delicious spud-infused nachos pack a lot of flavor without the extra calories. Eat them just like that, or add salsa, guacamole and sour cream for extra flavor. Either way, you can’t go wrong! Just be careful when you put them out — your guests might rush before you’re ready and you’ll have to give offenders a 5-yard penalty.

 

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

This twist on buffalo chicken wings lets you get your spicy on without the extra fat and calories. Start with potatoes and replace the fried wings with shredded chicken breast. Top them off with fresh tomatoes and onions. Filled with protein, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, B6, folate, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium, and a good source of thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, zinc, and copper.

 

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

Cook Express Bake PotatOHs in the microwave and top them off with sharp cheddar and broccoli for a quick and easy crowd-pleasing favorite. Add a bit of salt for extra taste, and some cayenne pepper for a little kick. Serve them up with a mixed green salad with chive dressing and make it a meal!