Potatoes are, by far, one of the most versatile, inexpensive, and filling vegetables on the planet. They can be combined with very few ingredients, and the technical skill required to make them is minimal.
There are several different varieties including russet, Yukon gold, red, and sweet potatoes, and there are endless possibilities for each one. Because of the different varieties and recipe options, you can literally have potatoes with each meal and not get bored. These recipes focus on russet potatoes.
Fried Breakfast Potatoes
This friend breakfast potato recipe is so simple to make. It only requires 4 ingredients, one frying pan, and a wooden spatula.
- 2 Russet Potatoes
- 2 tbsp butter
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper (to taste)
Wash potatoes, and then puncture with fork and put in microwave for 1 – 2 minutes. They will be extremely hot when removed from the microwave, so use a kitchen towel or oven mitt. This step isn’t completely necessary, and won’t cook the potatoes completely, but will significantly speed up the cooking process, and lessen your chance of burning.
Peel and cube your potatoes. If you prefer to leave the skins on, then just cube. Heat a frying pan to medium and the butter. Add potatoes to frying pan with melted butter and begin to fry.
Season the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste. Potatoes absorb salt like crazy, so add more as needed throughout the frying process. Reduce heat as needed and continue to mix and flip to allow potatoes to get golden brown and crispy on all sides, and soft on the inside. Serve immediately.
Feel free to spruce this up with different veggies, sauces, proteins, etc.! Yellow onions add great flavor, just be sure to add those to your pan before the potatoes and cook until almost translucent before adding your potatoes.
This recipe serves 2 – 4 people.
Potato Skin Bites
These tasty bites are the perfect lunch side dish or appetizer. You can customize them completely to your taste with various toppings, and they’re so, so simple to make.
- 3 russet potatoes, washed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Sour cream (optional, for serving)
- Green onions (optional, for serving)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice potatoes into ½” rounds.
In a large bowl, toss the potato rounds in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, cayenne, and garlic powder, and toss until evenly coated. Place in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until lightly browned and tender, flipping halfway through.
Top each potato round with cheese and bacon. Broil until cheese is melted; about 2 minutes.
Dollop sour cream onto each potato round and top with green onions.
Makes 12-15 potato skin bites.
Easy Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a great dinner side and pair well with most proteins. They’re easy to dress up or down and are easily modified to your own tasty preference.
- 3lbs of potatoes
- ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, plus 2 tbsp. for garnish
- ½ cup whole milk or heavy cream (depending on preference)
- ½ cup sour cream
Wash potatoes and cut in half. In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a generous pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until totally soft, around 16 – 18 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
Use potato masher, hand mixer, or stand mixer to mash potatoes until smooth, or leave more chunky, based on your preference.
In a small saucepan, melt butter with milk until warm.
Pour warm milk-butter mixture over potatoes and stir until completely combined and creamy. Add sour cream and stir until combined.
Season mashed potatoes generously with salt and pepper.
Transfer potatoes into a serving bowl and top with remaining two tablespoons of butter. Top with green onion if desired.
This recipe serves 6 – 8 people.
Shop the Golden Eagle Pantry today, and follow these recipes, or make up your own, to create some simple, delicious, and filling potato dishes.