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40 Perfect Potato Recipes

Hash brown casserole, potato pancakes, double-stuffed potatoes, potato soup, potato salad—however you fix it, the potato is a tradition at Midwest tables.

Swiss-Potato Breakfast Casserole

With just 180 calories per serving, this meal is lighter than many casserole options. But it combines favorite flavors, including ham, eggs, cheese and potatoes. It's perfect for brunch.

Swiss-Potato Breakfast Casserole

Grandma's Potato Salad

This sweet, radish-studded potato salad recipe was handed down from a Cosmos, Minnesota, grandmother to her twin granddaughters.

Grandma's Potato Salad

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Quivey's Grove in Madison, Wisconsin, whips up this version of mashed potatoes that matches plenty of dairy richness with garlic, Parmesan, black pepper and green onion.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

New Potato and Chicken Casserole

Green beans, mushrooms, leeks, potato and handy rotisserie chicken make this creamy casserole a true one-dish meal.

New Potato and Chicken Casserole

Potato Latkes

Cast iron's heat retention means oil holds a high temperature, so fried foods crisp quickly and evenly. These traditional Jewish potato-onion fritters have tender centers and lacy rims. Top them with sour cream or applesauce.

Potato Latkes

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

This comfort food hotdish offers a new twist on the usual hash brown casserole. Try it for everyday meals as well as potlucks!

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

Cheesy Potato Soup

Potato, bacon and cheese--all the flavors you love in a bowl of soup! The American cheese keeps the soup from curdling while it slow cooks. Mashing cooked potatoes a bit gives the soup some body, while the bacon adds a smoky-salty taste.

Cheesy Potato Soup

Smoked Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash

This colorful one-skillet meal lends itself to improvisation; you could trade the red sweet peppers for green, the spinach for kale, the turkey for ham, or the fried eggs for scrambled. Of course, we think the original recipe is pretty darn perfect, with a blend of potatoes and tasty browned onions whose caramelly flavor ties the dish together.

Smoked Turkey and Sweet Potato Hash

German Potato Salad

This old-fashioned potluck dish is served warm.

German Potato Salad

Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

This is the ultimate feel-good dish: mashed potatoes with bacon! Cream cheese adds extra richness; chipotle chile brings a subtle smoky flavor.

Chipotle Smashed Potatoes

Glad Tidings Potatoes

Drizzle red-skinned new potatoes with a rich, cheesy sauce to make Glad Tidings Potatoes, from the Latchstring Inn restaurant at western South Dakota's Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

Glad Tidings Potatoes

Best Potato Pancakes

Our taste panel loved this comfort food from The Echo in Cincinnati. For a crispy crust, cook the potatoes at a higher temperature.

Best Potato Pancakes

On-the-Light Side Potato Salad

This lighter version of traditional potato salad calls for cubed white, red or Yukon gold potatoes mixed with light sour cream and a combination of olive oil, vinegar, garlic and black pepper.

On-the-Light Side Potato Salad

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Dipping Sauces

Use either unpeeled sweet potatoes or russet potatoes for these easy grilled potato wedges. Cook wedges in boiling water first to shorten grill time. Serve with Creamy Chive Sauce or Honey Sesame Sauce.

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges with Dipping Sauces

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Mix butter, sour cream and Swiss or Gruyere cheese into mashed Yukon Gold potatoes to create this rich side dish. Our recipe also gives variations for Bacon-Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes and Southwestern Twice-Baked Potatoes.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Swiss-Potato Breakfast Casserole

With just 180 calories per serving, this meal is lighter than many casserole options. But it combines favorite flavors, including ham, eggs, cheese and potatoes. It's perfect for brunch.

Swiss-Potato Breakfast Casserole

Roesti

The New Glarus Hotel in New Glarus, Wisconsin, serves up a taste of Switzerland with this potato cake -- pure comfort food made from just five ingredients.

Roesti

Hash Brown Casserole

An all-time reader favorite, this creamy hotdish is a guaranteed hit at potlucks. (In fact, you may want to make two pans!)

Hash Brown Casserole

Cranberry-Apple Sweet Potatoes

Mix pantry ingredients -- canned apple pie filling, canned sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, apricot preserves, orange marmalade and chopped pecans -- for a quick-and-easy side dish with a crunchy nut topping.

Cranberry-Apple Sweet Potatoes

Herbed Egg-Potato Bake

You can assemble the cheesy Herbed Egg-Potato Bake up to two days ahead and refrigerate it.

Herbed Egg-Potato Bake

Potato Bacon Skillet

People love the sounds of food cooking in iron skillets. The irresistible combination of Cajun andouille sausage and bacon bump up the flavor of this home-style breakfast dish. A cast-iron skillet browns it best.

Potato Bacon Skillet

Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

Toasted pecans and melty marshmallows top whipped sweet potatoes in this classic special-occasion side dish.

Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

This rich side dish earns compliments at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. Because potatoes darken once sliced, prepare this dish right before you plan to bake it.

Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Bacon and Baked Potato Soup

Salty-smoky crumbled bacon tops our cheesy potato soup. "I made this soup and we loved it! Best potato soup ever!" writes one of our website reviewers. "I put carrots in mine; made it even better."

Bacon and Baked Potato Soup

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Make this appealing breakfast or brunch dish in just 20 minutes. Packaged hash browns form the nest, and the filling is a simple scramble of eggs and chives topped with cheese.

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Fire-Roasted Dilled Potato Medley

Season this colorful potato, carrot and onion combination with just dill, salt and pepper.

Fire-Roasted Dilled Potato Medley

Farmer's Breakfast

This German egg-potato dish, also known as hoppel poppel, traditionally included leftovers from the dinner table. Here's our deluxe version, with a variety of vegetables.

Farmer's Breakfast

Grilled Potato Packets

Slice russet potatoes and combine with sweet peppers, onion and fresh parsley for Grilled Potato Packets. Foil packets trap steam that gives potatoes a boiled flavor and texture.

Grilled Potato Packets

Nacho Potato Skins

Whip up this easy appetizer and store it in your fridge until it's time to eat. To serve the skins hot and crispy, broil them just before serving.

Nacho Potato Skins

Prairie Potato Bake

Mashed potato balls with a melty cheese center top a stroganoff-type beef mixture. The recipe won first place at a Barnesville, Minnesota, Potato Days contest.

Prairie Potato Bake

Calico Potatoes

Bacon drippings combine with sizzling onions to give this two-potato side dish an irresistible aroma and flavor.

Calico Potatoes

Neighbor-Pleasing Baked Potato Salad

Lots of cheese, olives and bacon dress up cooked potatoes in this potluck hot dish from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Neighbor-Pleasing Baked Potato Salad

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

We play up an assortment of potatoes--such as baby Dutch yellow, fingerlings, baby purple and round red--in this easy-to-fix recipe.

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

You'll have more Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette than you need for this fresh-tasting potato salad; keep the extra dressing on hand for another potato or pasta salad. The recipe is from Chicago chef Myk Banas.

Fingerling Potato Salad with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Easy Potato Soup

This quick and easy recipe, from a Halstad, Minnesota, farming family, features just five ingredients and can be on the table in 15 minutes.

Easy Potato Soup

Bacon, Ham and Egg Hash

Family-pleasing favorites—bacon, ham, cheese, potatoes and eggs—combine in this simple, hearty brunch or breakfast dish. Pork producers Monica and Randy Duffe of Wilton, Iowa, contributed the recipe.

Bacon, Ham and Egg Hash

 

Red, White and Blue Potatoes

Red potatoes, crumbled blue cheese and cream cheese combine with a touch of cooking oil, chopped walnuts and milk for a creamy, quick-and-easy side dish.

Red, White and Blue Potatoes

Pick the right potato

Starchy potatoes mash, bake, fry and roast well, while waxy ones work best in casseroles and salads because they hold their shape. Look for smooth, firm spuds without cracks or soft spots. Whether you peel is your choice.

New potatoes (pictured): Young potatoes, any variety, have very thin skins, less starch and a waxy texture. Best for boiling, grilling and roasting.
Russets: Also called Idaho or baking potatoes, these thick-skinned tan spuds are mealy with lots of eyes and a high starch content. Best for baking, grilling, mashing, frying.
Round white potatoes: With light beige skin and white flesh, these medium-starch, waxy-textured potatoes work for boiling and frying.
Long white potatoes: The thin-skinned oval spuds' firm, waxy texture and tiny eyes make them an all-purpose choice.
Round red potatoes: Thin-skinned, these rosy-colored potatoes have a firm, waxy texture. Use in dishes where shape is important.
Yellow potatoes: These thin-skinned beauties come in varieties such as Yukon gold and Finnish yellow. They're smooth-textured and buttery--good for any dish.
Sweet potatoes: These spuds fall into two categories: orange, moist and sweet, or yellow, dry and unsweet. Either kind is good for baking, grilling, roasting and boiling.

Free printable casserole cookbook and more

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