Perfect Potato Recipes for Memorial Day Celebrations

Memorial Day Cookout

On Memorial Day, we take time to honor the brave men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. We also welcome warm weather as the summer season begins, and for those us lucky enough to have the day off from work, it’s a perfect day to get together with family and friends and enjoy a good meal or two.

Whether you’re going to a park for a barbecue or a picnic, heading outdoors and camping, or staying indoors, here are great potato recipes perfect for your Memorial Day celebrations, including potato meals, potato pairings, side dishes and potato salads.

BBQ At The Park or Camping

What better way to bring in summertime than with a BBQ at the park? You can throw some potatoes on the grill for a delicious toasted and smokey flavor, bake them in foil, or bring along a potato salad as a side dish to meat and chicken. And if you’re going camping, just because you’re roughin’ it doesn’t mean you have to eat rough. Cook some of these at home and bring them with you, or pack up the ingredients and heat them up on a campfire.


BBQ Potatoes

Grilled Spud Dogs

Southwest Potatoes and Chicken

Quick & Healthy Microwave Baked Potato Salad


Hosting Indoors

When you lead a busy life, sometimes the best thing to do on a day off is enjoy the comfort of your own home. If you’re planning to relax at home and invite friends and family for dinner instead of spending the day outdoors, these recipes are for you. There’s something for everyone, including vegetable and meat dishes, a fun and spicy twist on mashed potatoes, and a pesto salad with plenty of zing.


Tuscan Potatoes and Vegetables

Meatloaf-Stuffed Microwave Potato

Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Grilled Pesto Potato Salad


If You Have To Work

Getting stuck working on Memorial Day isn’t fun, but we’ve got some easy recipes to cheer you up just in case. You’ll still get the taste of cookout potatoes, but without the need for a grill. Simply pack up your ingredients before you leave work, throw them in the microwave at lunchtime, and treat yourself to a delicious cooked lunch.


Cheesy Broccoli Baked Potato

Microwave-Roasted Potatoes

Roasted-Style Microwave Cajun Potatoes


Winners of the May SnackDown Giveaway

PotatOH SnackDown Giveaway

We all have favorite toppings we absolutely have to have on our PotatOHs, and on Wednesday we invited you to tell us your top 3! We had a lot of fun reading all of the different ways you eat potatoes and the delicious toppings you enjoy. Some of you like to keep things nice and simple, and some of you really like to spice a PotatOH up!

Now the time has come to announce the winners! We selected 6 fans at random, and you can read their posts below:

“Man I grew up in the way south and I have to have avocado, pico, and some jalapeno.”
– Jeff Oelerich

“My all time favorites are butter (real), sour cream and chili. Just gotta luv ‘em.”
– Dot Hamer

“I’m old school. Gotta have butter, sour cream, salt.”
– Diane M

“I love black olives, bacon and cheese on mine!!!”
– Daedra

“I just like a “little” real buter and black pepper – if you put a lot of stuff you don’t taste the potato.
– Rose Marie

“I love real butter, sour cream and chives on my Idaho potato!”
– Phyllis Newton (Well Phyllis, we’re sending you some Colorado PotatOHs, and we’re betting you’re gonna like them a whole lot more!)

Winners will be receiving a variety pack of Express Bake PotatOHs shipped right to their doorstep. Check your inbox — we’ll be contacting you to arrange shipping faster than it takes for a PotatOH to cook in the microwave!
Congratulations to the winners, thanks to everyone who participated, and keep an eye out for our next giveaway – you could win some of our delicious microwave potatoes!

May SnackDown Giveaway: Win Free PotatOHs!

PotatOH SnackDown Giveaway

There are hundreds of toppings you can put on a PotatOH, but some we just can’t live without — like sour cream, bacon, hot sauce, salsa or cheese! That’s why this month we’re challenging you in a SnackDown of favorite potato toppings!

What are the top 3 favorite toppings you absolutely *have* to have on a PotatOH? Tell us in the comments and you could win FREE Express Bake PotatOHs!

6 lucky winners will receive a FREE variety pack of PotatOHs (2 russets, 2 sweet potatoes, and a tray pack of fingerling jubileez)!

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling us the top 3 favorite toppings you enjoy with PotatOH. Also, make sure to include your email address in the form so we can contact you.

We love all of our fans, but we ship fresh potatoes and like to get them to your doorstep quick, so only potato lovers in the U.S. are eligible. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 18, so check our blog for updates!

3 Microwave Potato Recipes To Make Mom Smile on Mother’s Day

Mother and daughter smiling

How many of your favorite childhood memories were in the kitchen or at the dinner table? Do you remember all of the wonderful and delicious meals mom or grandma cooked for you, and the excitement and joy you felt at taking that first bite?

Of course you do, and if you’re looking for a thoughtful way to show your gratitude with a delicious dish, we have three microwave potato recipes that will make this Sunday special for your mom or grandma. No matter which one you choose, these creative, colorful potato and vegetable recipes are sure to make any mom smile on Mother’s Day!


Tuscan Potatoes and Vegetables (Thumbnail)

Tuscan Potatoes and Vegetables

If mom loves Italian food, she’s in for a surprise! Potatoes and summer vegetables make a bright and healthy warm-weather side dish. You can use russet, yellow or red potatoes; and with zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes and yellow onions, this recipe features plenty of color. Seasoning, garlic and parmessan cheese give it a delicious Italian flavor.


Quick & Healthy Baked Potato Salad (thumbnail)

Microwave Baked Potato Salad

If mom loves baked potatoes and potato salad, this dish will give her the best of both worlds. With reduced-fat cheddar cheese, chives and real bacon, she’ll feel like she’s eating a traditional baked potato in a dish that’s just more summer picnic-friendly. The best part? You can skip the oven and cook Express Bake PotatOHs in your microwave to save time!


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 mom’s eyes, as well as her tastebuds.


Like these recipes? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Farm Fresh Direct at Colorado Spartan Race 2012

Farm Fresh Direct staff, friends and family ran the Spartan Race in Colorado Springs, CO this past weekend, an obstacle racing event benefitting soldiers returning from war. We had a blast and the entire team finished! Check out some photos from the race below.


Spartan Race 2012 Team Photo

Game faces on!


Warming up at Spartan Race 2012

Warming up...


We're off at Spartan Race 2012

We're off!


Spartan at Spartan Race 2012

It's not a Spartan Race without a Spartan!


Climbing rope at Spartan Race 2012

Climbing = No problem!


Waiting our turn at Spartan Race 2012

Waiting our turn...


Teamwork at Spartan Race 2012



Quick stretch at Spartan Race 2012

Quick stretch


Climbing at Spartan Race 2012

Climbing = No problem!


The end in sight at Spartan Race 2012

The end in sight...


No more white shirts at Spartan Race 2012

No longer wearing white shirts after going through that mud!


Almost finished at Spartan Race 2012

Almost finished!


Surge to the finish at Spartan Race 2012

Surge to the finish


Victory at Spartan Race 2012



To see more photos, see the full Spartan Race 2012 album on the PotatOH Facebook page.


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!”


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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.