In honor of St. Patricks Day
we thought it appropriate to pay homage to the versatile
the potato! Potatoes are a great
side dish or even main dish plus they are also good
for you. Not only are they low fat and cholesterol free,
but they are also high in vitamin C and potassium and
a good source of vitamin B6 and dietary fiber! Imagine
all that just from a simple spud!
There are many different types and
varieties of potatoes and some work better for different
recipes depending on how they are cooked. Below you
will find a simple chart to help you decipher which
potato is right for your next potato dish:
Type of Potato
Best Cooking Method & Common Uses
Baking or Starchy Potatoes
Russet Burbank, Russet Arcadia, Norgold
Russet, Goldrush, Norkotah, Long White (or White Rose
or California Long White), and Idaho
Baking, mashing or French Fries
Light and fluffy baked, light and
creamy mashed, and really, the only potato worth frying.
Boiling Potatoes or Waxy Potatoes
Round White, Round Red, Yellow Potato,
Red Potato, Salad Potato, La Soda, Red La Rouge, Red
Pontiac, Red Nordland, Red Bliss, Yellow Finnish, Ruby
Crescent, and Australian Crescent and New Potatoes
Boiling, roasting or grilling. Ideal
for soups, casseroles, potato salad, roasting, and barbecuing
because of their tendency to hold their shape.
Boiling potatoes (waxy potatoes) are
firmer when cooked than baking potatoes. You can mash
them, but instead of smooth and creamy, the results
tend to be thick and lumpy.
"All purpose" potatoes
Yukon Gold, Peruvian Blue, Superior,
Kennebec, and Katahdin
Great for roasting, pan frying, and
using in soups, stews, and gratins. They can be baked,
mashed, and fried, but will not produce the same results
as the baking potato.
More moist than baking potatoes and
yet will still hold together in boiling water.
month we would like to share our favorite top 10 potato recipes!
It was a difficult choice since the potato recipes extend
from breakfast to appetizers to side dishes and main courses!
We hope you enjoy these superb spud recipes as much as we
A traditional Irish dish. These potato pancakes are
great with fried eggs!
Red Potatoes Stuffed w/Roasted Garlic & Herbs
A great, simple appetizer! These bite-size potatoes can be
stuffed with roasted garlic & herbs as the recipe indicates
but you can also vary things by stuffing them with a variety
of toppings such as crème fraiche & chives, sun-dried
tomatoes & pesto or even crème fraiche & smoked
Potato Soup This delicious soup is exactly like
what it is titled
a baked potato with all the fixins
in the form of a comforting soup!
(Mashed Potatoes with Green Onions) Again an Irish favorite,
these mashed potatoes are fluffy and full of flavor! The secret
is lies in the green onion steeped in cream! Sinfully delicious.
Potatoes Dont be fooled by the name
baby new potatoes are simply shaped like mushrooms and then
roasted. Very delicious and are sure to provide that extra
special touch to your next entertaining menu.
& Thyme Gratin This simple gratin is not only
delicious but relatively low in fat no cream here
moisture comes from gf chicken stock!
with Pesto A little work, but well worth the effort.
If needed to save time you can purchase store bought gluten-free
Lasagna with Sauteed Mushrooms An elegant entertaining
dish with an spectacular show-stopping presentation backed
up by amazing flavor!
Tortilla Perfect for a tapas party
wedges and serve this simple, yet delicious egg and potato
dish along with other tapas.
Fries We couldnt complete the top 10 potato
recipe list without including the American favorite
fries! These French fries are absolutely perfect crunchy
on the outside and soft on the inside!
Happy St. Patricks Day!