Many Ways To Cook Potatoes

Cooking Potatoes
Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods around. Not only are they easily part of almost any meal imaginable — breakfast, lunch or dinner — in any culture across the planet, but they can also be cooked in a variety of ways, too. We’ve put together a list of the most popular ways to cook potatoes, their advantages and disadvantages, and potato recipes for each.
 

Frying Potatoes

Frying is one of the easiest and most common ways to make potatoes. You can deep-fry, pan-fry, stir-fry, sauté or shallow-fry potatoes for a quick and easy meal. However, frying is not the healthiest method — cooking with oil adds fat and calories to the foods you prepare. One way to lighten up a fried meal is to use olive oil, which typically has less fat and calories than vegetable oil.

Recipes

French Fried Potatoes

Quick & Easy Home Fries

Southern Style Fried Okra
 

Grilling Potatoes

There’s nothing quite like the taste of a potato that’s been cooked on a grill, and it’s no wonder they are a favorite food at summertime BBQ parties. You can scallop potatoes or cut up some wedges and throw ’em on a grill, wrap them up in foil and make a baked potato outdoors, or wrap them up with some sauce in foil to get deliciously marinated potatoes. Grilling isn’t one of the quickest ways to make potatoes, but the smokey and toasted flavors of grilled spuds can be worth the wait.

Recipes

BBQ Potatoes

Grilled Pesto Potato Salad

Grilled Spud Dogs
 

Baking and Roasting Potatoes

Baking and oven-roasting is another favorite and time-tested way to make potatoes, and chances are if you’re looking for a potato recipe, it’ll call for heating an oven. You can make potato casseroles, wrap up potatoes in foil for baking, add potatoes to marinate as part of a meat dish, and much more. However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, you might want to change your plans, and read a book or watch one of your favorite shows, ’cause it’s gonna be a while before these spuds get out of their tanning salon. Also, unless you want some rock-hard potatoes, you’ll have to use at least a little bit of oil to help them cook and stay moist in an oven.

Recipes

Potatoes Florentine

Scalloped Potatoes with Chicken and Gravy

Sour Cream Potato Casserole
 

Boiling Potatoes

Boiling is an easy way to get spuds soft while cooking, whether you’re making mashed potatoes, a soup or a salad. However, it’s also one of the slowest, especially because potatoes are tough vegetables. Also, boiling is a harsh preparation method and nutrients can be lost in the water while cooking, so it’s important to reuse it. If you’re making mashed potatoes or potato soup, consider adding some of the boiled water to your recipe.

Recipes

CAUSA: Peruvian Mashed Potato Salad Recipe

Parmesan Fingerling Potatoes

Quick & Healthy Potato Soup
 

Steaming Potatoes

Steaming is one of the recommended ways to prepare potatoes by the U.S. Potato Board. Unlike other methods, steaming helps foods retain more nutrients, because fewer nutrients are leached into the water while cooking. Also, steaming allows for a light meal, because you can skip oils or fats and still get moist potatoes ready to eat or add to a recipe. You can steam potatoes for an easy side to a main dish, or as a light and healthy meal.

Recipes

Garlic Dill New Potatoes

Parsleyed Steamed Potatoes

Steamed Fingerling Potatoes in White Wine
 

Microwaving Potatoes

Microwaving is also recommended by the U.S. Potato Board as a way to cook potatoes. Like steaming, microwaving also helps foods retain nutrients while cooking, since they are not leached into water. Though all cooking methods involve loss of nutrients or vitamins, this is largely determined by the length, temperature and amount of liquid used (using more water can lead to greater nutrient loss). Because microwaving drastically reduces cooking times and does not require water for cooking, foods are allowed to retain more nutrients and are ready to eat in a shorter amount of time.

Microwaving is one of the most convenient and easy ways to make potatoes, so much that it can be a shortcut to some of your favorite recipes that usually involve baking, boiling or steaming. You can make baked potatoes, casseroles, mashed potatoes, oven-roasted potatoes, potato soups, potato salads and much more without the wait when you use a microwave. That’s why we created Express Bake PotatOHs — bringing together microwaving and steaming to give you a delicious and soft potato ready in just 7 minutes — to allow you to enjoy an a quick and healthy meal, or provide an easy shortcut to adding a cooked potato to your favorite recipes. Order PotatOHs right here on our site and try our recipes to see how microwave potatoes can save you time and make life a little easier.

Recipes

Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potatoes

Quick & Healthy Mashed Potatoes

Quick & Healthy Microwave Baked Potato Salad
 

References

Cooking Potatoes at Potato Goodness Unearthed
New York Times column on the effects of microwaving food
 
 

Colorful and Flavorful Potato Recipes for Valentine’s Day

It’s no coincidence Valentine’s Day falls in February, also Potato Lovers Month — a fun, delicious and playful potato dish is a perfect way to say “I Love You.” If you’re looking for a recipe that will surprise your Valentine, look no further! Here are three recipes full of color and flavor bound to put a smile on your sweetheart’s face this Valentine’s Day.

 

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Add a bit of spice to your dinner 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.

 

Grilled Pesto Potato Salad

This delicious twist on potato salad saves you time by cooking potatoes in the microwave and is a flavor experience your tastebuds won’t forget. The balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, pepper, basil, parmesan cheese and pine nuts on red potatoes are a perfect mix that will keep you coming back for more after the first bite. Great for Spring or Summer, you can make it for Valentine’s Day and again when the weather gets warmer.

 

Potatoes Florentine

With leeks, spinach, roasted bell peppers, fresh basil, parmesan cheese and a hint of butter and milk, these potatoes florentine are a feast for the eyes, as well as your tastebuds.

 

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!

Sweet Potatoes: An Essential Part of Detox Plans

Were there times last year that you ate heavy and you wish you hadn’t? Have you been turning to comfort foods to cope with cold and long winter days, and now you’re not feeling so great? You may need to cleanse your system to flush out all of the bad stuff and get your body back to a good place through detoxification, and sweet potatoes can help.

What is Detox?

Detox is a process to eliminate toxins in the body, cleanse organs and replenish your system with healthy nutrients. This is accomplished by eating pure and natural foods that help clean the kidneys, intestines, lymph, liver and skin, and avoiding any foods that can set back or stop the process.

Choosing a Detox Plan

There are many ways to detox your body by adjusting your diet, and each plan varies in duration and the amount of food to consume. No matter how you detox, always begin by eliminating incoming toxins. Avoid alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, processed foods and even stress to give your body its best chance at a successful cleanse.

For more information and finding which detox plan is right for you, check out this detox answers and solutions guide. Whichever way you choose, always consult your doctor before beginning any detox plan.

Sweet Potato Health Benefits

It is widely known that sweet potatoes are nutritional all-stars. Below are some of the many natural ingredients found in significant levels in sweet potatoes that offer many health benefits and make an essential part of a detox plan.

Antioxidants: boost your immune system and help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease

Beta-Carotene / Vitamin A: sweet potatoes have four times the recommended daily intake of Beta-Carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A, and helps with immunity, bone development, vision and fighting many types of cancer.

Complex Carbohydrates: take longer to be digested, helping supply the body with energy over a longer period of time

Dietary Fiber: improves cholesterol levels, regulates blood glucose, and keeps your body full longer

Low Calorie: with only 90-140 with skin on, sweet potatoes are easy on the calories

Manganese: facilitates metabolism, helps keep bones strong and healthy, regulates blood sugar levels, and promote optimal function of the thyroid

Potassium: diets high in potassium help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke

Vitamin C: helps with fighting infections, iron absorption, healing wounds, reducing inflammation and supporting the body’s immune system

Sweet Potato Detox Recipes

When putting together your detox plan, consider including these cleansing and nourishing healthy sweet potato recipes.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

This richly-colored, flavorful chili is the perfect meal for winter months. Immune-boosting garlic and onion, along with red pepper and lime, combine with black beans and sweet potatoes to make one very satisfying one-pot meal.

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato

Pair sweet potatoes with whatever vegetables you like, top it off with a tasty tahini-based sauce that uses metabolic-enhancing spices and you have a delicious and satisfying dinner that will keep things light on a simple detox diet plan.

Potatoes: making gluten-free holidays great

‘Tis the season for tempting cookies, cakes and baked goods to be everywhere you look. So, whether you’re one of the estimated 18 million Americans with a gluten sensitivity or you’re steering clear of it for other reasons, it may take some extra will-power to remain gloriously gluten-free all holiday long.

As you probably know, potatoes are naturally gluten-free. In fact, they’re a veritable jackpot of affordable, endless and easy gluten-free possibilities. You can use them everywhere—appetizers, entrées and even dessert. To ensure gluten-free goodness, don’t forget to read the labels on all the other ingredients. We’ve found gluten has a habit of popping up in unlikely places—even some candy canes are laced with it.

It’s our hope a big bag of potatoes and a few great recipes will go a long way in helping you happily stick to your holiday eating plans. For us, knowing what we can and will devour helps make it easier to go without the ginger bread and forgo the fruitcake. Cheers!

Appetizer

Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites

We were excited to find this treasure: bacon-wrapped potatoes. Special enough for a party, but made with everyday ingredients. Yum!

(Note: this recipe uses sour cream, and not all brands are gluten-free – check nutrition labels when shopping for ingredients)

Soup

Often, soups are thickened using flour: no good for gluten-free. Here are two guest-impressing, palette-pleasing potato-based soups.

Quick & Healthy Potato Soup

Golden Potato Soup

Dessert

A dessert like this needs no introduction. It’s just that good. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Cheesecake Bars

Potatoes: celebrated in holidays around the world

Nearly ever culture across the globe has a celebration during the cold, short days of winter. These celebrations usually involve uniting family and friends, and feasting on lots of amazing food. No matter where the winter season finds you, you’ll usually find potatoes there, too.

We love trying new things, so here’s a quick round up of favorite potato dishes made around the world at holiday time.

In Russia, Christmas was banned during the Soviet era. So Russians adapted their New Year’s celebration to include many Christmas traditions. They decorate a New Year’s Tree, exchange presents, expect a visit from Grandfather Frost, and dig in to lots of traditional dishes. Mimosa Salad is one traditional dish that includes potatoes. Check it out.

In Scotland, the big winter holiday is Hogmanay—a tradition most likely inherited from the Vikings. Celebrated on December 31, the party can go on into the first couple days of January and includes customs like “first-footings” and dishes like Rumbledethumps, a delicious potato, cabbage and onion creation. Here’s a recipe to try.

Jewish people around the world celebrate Hanukkah with an absolutely delicious potato dish you’ve probably tried: latkes (in Yiddish) or livivot (in Hebrew.) Because Hanukkah is a celebration of oil—specifically the oil that burned for eight days in the holy Temple, latkes (a sort of fried potato pancake) help remind us of the miracle of oil. Here’s a great recipe that recently came to our attention.

Not quite a holiday meal, but worth checking out anyway is nikujaga, a traditional Japanese winter comfort food. It’s exactly the kind of dish your mom would serve on a cold Sunday night. Styled after British beef stew, it’s made from steak, potatoes and vegetables in a soy sauce. Learn how to make it here.

Next time you want to add a new dish to your holiday spread, try one of these!

Potatoes: perfect for any holiday dish

It’s cold. It’s snowing. It’s dark at 4 o’clock. And, we’re off to another party.

Hooray for holiday time!

Whether you’re making merry for Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you’re probably more likely to find potatoes on your plate than any other food.

It’s not just because potatoes keep well in the winter. Kale can go all season long, too, but when’s the last time you ate it on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve? If you did, we want to know.

The truth is, potatoes are one of the only vegetables that pairs perfectly with everything. Whatever you’re serving—whether it’s roast beef, duck, ham, tofurkey—well, there’s a potato for that. They’re the perfect canvas and carrier for the decadent toppings and flavors that make holidays warm and bright. Think butter, cream and cheese—yum! Finally, potatoes are versatile enough to create dishes that are simple and traditional, go way gourmet, or end up somewhere in between. It’s up to you.

We’re sure you have a handful of family favorite recipes, but here are some of ours. Enjoy! (By the way, we’re in the market for a great latke recipe. Care to share yours?)

 

Elegant New Potato Appetizer

New potatoes with crème fraiche, caviar (or bacon) and chives (Makes 24)

 

Ingredients

12 small new potatoes

1 cup cream fraiche (you can substitute sour cream with 1 tsp of lemon juice)

2 ounces black caviar or 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Chives to garnish

 

Directions

1. Boil potatoes in a medium saucepan for 10 to 15 minutes. Drain, cool under running water then refrigerate until cold.

2. Remove potatoes from fridge, cut in half, and scoop a small amount out of each. Top each side with a tablespoon of crème fraiche, a couple stems of chives and a 1/2 teaspoon of caviar (or bacon crumbles). We like to add a pinch of freshly ground pepper, too.

 

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Garlic cloves cooked along with potatoes—russets or Yukon golds—give this puree extra body and lots of flavor. Perfect beside a holiday roast.

 

Microwave-Roasted Potatoes

If you’re pressed for time and/or looking for a flavorful but low-fat recipe, this one’s for you. You can use russet, Yukon gold or small red potatoes. You decide. You can also double the recipe, just keep checking the dish for doneness.