How to Make Good Potatoes

How to Make Good Potatoes

Whether you’re planning a Thanksgiving menu or looking to add a hearty side dish to your weeknight dinner, potatoes are the star of the show. With a variety of ways to cook them – from mashed, to roasted, to fried – they’re one of the most versatile ingredients out there. Here, we’ve rounded up a collection of recipes that will make your love for spuds even stronger.

Baked Potatoes With Olive Oil & Sea Salt

Getting a baked potato that’s crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside isn’t hard – all you need is the right method! Just rub the potatoes with a little bit of olive oil and sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt, then bake. The end result will be a perfectly crisp outer skin with fluffy, cheesy insides perfect for topping with your favorite condiments (like cashew sour cream and tempeh bacon!).

Convection Roasting Ovens

A convection oven has a fan that circulates air constantly throughout the cooking space, which helps produce crisp, golden brown edges. A convection oven has a lower temperature than an ordinary oven, so it’s important to check the potatoes often and make sure they don’t burn.

Soaking and Drying before Roasting

To achieve the best browned, crispy edges, you need to soak the potatoes in salted ice water first. This will soften the potatoes’ skins and remove excess starch that can make them stick to the pan, creating a crisper finish.

You can use any kind of potato for this recipe, but avoid large russets that are too dry and chalky – instead go with small Yukon gold or red potatoes. You can also add a few onions to the mix for a savory flavor.

This is a great dish to serve as a main meal, or even for breakfast! Try stuffing the roasted potatoes into a burrito or serving them as a brunch accompaniment to a frittata.

Oven Roasted Potatoes With Garlic & Herbs

These roasted potatoes are tossed with a garlic, rosemary, and thyme-infused dressing before they’re stuffed in a baking dish and baked for a classic side dish that’s perfect for any meal. They’re so easy to make, you’ll want to keep these roasted potatoes on hand for all of your meals!

Mashed Potatoes With Garlic & Herbs

This mash recipe is easy to prepare and has plenty of flavor. It’s a perfect accompaniment to a simple meal like steak or turkey.

Soak the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes before you prepare this recipe to help remove excess starch that can cause the potatoes to stick to the pan and give them a less than ideal, chalky finish.

Scale this recipe by half if you’re using a smaller baking sheet or you’ll need to roast for more time. Be sure not to overcrowd the potatoes, as they can steam rather than roast.

To get a truly perfect, crispy skin, be sure to use a cast-iron skillet. This is the best way to ensure your potatoes are cooked evenly.

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