Beyond Mashed and Fried—15 of the Best Ways to Cook Potatoes

From salads to pasta.

Updated 06/10/19

The Modern Proper

 

In conducting research for this story featuring the very best potato recipes the internet has to offer, one thing became utterly clear: the potato is the most versatile food on the planet. It may sound hyperbolic, but there are an unprecedented amount of recipes to prove it. In fact, there are few things you can't use the humble potato—both of the russet and sweet variety—to make.

While mashed potatoes, French fries, potato chips, and roasted potatoes are obvious (and delicious) options, potatoes can do so much more. For instance, did you know that you can use a sweet potato to create a creamy hummus dip perfect to serve as an appetizer at your next soirée? Or as noodles in a carbonara pasta-inspired dish? Or even as a meat substitute in a vegetarian black bean burger?

There's really nothing a potato can't do. To prove it, here are 15 wildly impressive potato recipes, whether you're looking for starters, side dishes, or a main course.

APPETIZERS

Roasted Potatoes with Figs and Prosciutto

Roasted Potatoes with Figs and Prosciutto
Melanie Makes

The Hero Ingredient: Figs give this dish an unexpected element of sweetness that contrasts beautifully with the savory gold potatoes and prosciutto.

Pro Tip: Pick up a jar of premade fig and garlic spread to make this dish even easier to prepare, Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes advises.

Why We Love It: Any recipe that requires ten minutes of prep time sounds good to us. This easy roasted potato recipe turns the simple vegetable into a gourmet treat with the help of luxe ingredients like figs, prosciutto, and fresh basil.

Sweet Potato Hummus

Sweet Potato Hummus
Feed Me Phoebe 

The Hero Ingredient: This starter gets its familiar Mediterranean flavor from the tahini.

Pro Tip: If you have leftover za-atar after making this dish, you can use it on any roasted veggies, Phoebe Lapine of Feed Me Phoebe notes.

Why We Love It: This sweet potato hummus is the perfect starter for fall, and you can easily serve it up with anything that suits your fancy. Think: carrots, crackers, or warm pita bread.

Baby Potato Bites with Chorizo

Baby Potato Bites with Chorizo
Salt & Wind

The Hero Ingredient: Mexican chorizo is the star of this appetizer. The baby potatoes are merely a vessel for the savory filling.

Pro Tip: These tiny potato bites are perfect for a tailgate or potluck, according to Aida Mollenkamp of Salt & Wind.

Why We Love It: With just seven ingredients and 15 minutes of hands-on time, this potato recipe is suspiciously easy to make (and it will serve a crowd).

Potato Chips with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce

Potato Chips with Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce
Spoon Fork Bacon

The Hero Ingredient: Crumbled gorgonzola cheese adds a powerful flavor to this fun appetizer made for sharing.

Pro Tip: Jenny Park of Spoon Fork Bacon thinks that potato chips should be treated like French fries, which is why she recommends drizzling and sprinkling these homemade ones with tasty toppings.

Why We Love It: When it comes to potato chips, this homemade creation is about as deluxe as it gets. Thinly sliced russet potatoes are fried and topped with a fragrant gorgonzola cheese sauce and chives.

Greek Potato Bites with Hummus

Greek Potato Bites with Hummus
Food Faith Fitness

The Hero Ingredient: Hummus is the hero ingredient of this recipe. It adds flavor, texture, and plant-based protein to this healthy snack.

Pro Tip: "These healthy, vegan Greek potato bites are the perfect party food or snack," Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness declares.

Why We Love It: Think of these potato bites as a portable Greek salad. Not only are they fun to serve at a party, but they're also gluten and dairy free.

SIDES

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
The Butter Half 

The Hero Ingredient: Whole milk will help give your mashed potatoes the perfect consistency.

Pro Tip: Always use russet potatoes when it comes to mashed potatoes because they contain more starch, Abbey Rodriguez of The Butter Half points out.

Why We Love It: This recipe takes a classic potato dish and makes it completely fool-proof thanks to the Instant Pot. With the clever kitchen device, you'll have buttery mashed potatoes in 15 minutes flat.

Potato Salad

Potato Salad
Stuck in the Kitchen

The Hero Ingredient: Asparagus spears keep this potato salad healthy and popping with color.

Pro Tip: You'll want to use Perla potatoes for this recipe, according to Sarah Tuck of Stuck in the Kitchen. They're waxier than other varieties, which happens to be the perfect texture for this salad.

Why We Love It: This potato salad is just the thing for summer barbecues and picnics. Plus, it's far healthier (and tastier) than any store-bought option.

Au Gratin Potatoes

Au Gratin Potatoes
Foodie Crush

The Hero Ingredient: Gruyere cheese gives this classic dish a rich upgrade. It will make your side dish seriously creamy and flavorful.

Pro Tip: "To avoid that always-to-be-avoided potato discoloration situation, submerge your just peeled potatoes in a bowl of cold water to keep your potatoes white and bright," Heidi Larsen, the author of Foodie Crush, writes.

Why We Love It: This creamy creation is the ultimate comfort food side dish, whether it's Thanksgiving or a regular Thursday night.

Cinnamon Streusel Swirled Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Cinnamon Streusel Swirled Maple Sweet Potato Casserole
Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Commonly left out of sweet potato casserole recipes, cinnamon is the spicy star of this side dish.

Pro Tip: Drizzle a bit of maple butter over the casserole just before serving, Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest suggests.

Why We Love It: Sweet potato casserole is always a fall favorite, and this recipe is no exception. Perfectly sweet and buttery, be careful, or you may end up eating this potato dish for dessert.

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes
The Modern Proper

The Recipe: Twice-Baked Potatoes

The Hero Ingredient: These twice baked potatoes wouldn't be the same without blue cheese both in the mix and sprinkled on top before serving.

Pro Tip: Use sour cream and heavy cream before your second bake for a tangy flavor and a creamy texture, the authors of The Modern Proper suggest.

Why We Love It: This recipe takes the already genius concept of adding cheese and sour cream to a potato baked not once, but twice, and takes it a few steps further with toppings like blue cheese and bacon.

MAINS

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger
Minimalist Baker 

The Hero Ingredient: Black beans are necessary to get the texture and flavor of this veggie burger just right.

Pro Tip: Dana Shultz of Minimalist Baker suggests stacking two patties on top of each other to create one giant burger.

Why We Love It: This recipe utilizes sweet potatoes and black beans to create a hearty, filling veggie burger. The best part is, you'll only need ten simple ingredients to pull it off.

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup

Vegan Sweet Potato Soup
Food Faith Fitness

The Hero Ingredient: Coconut milk helps create the perfect creamy consistency of this soup, making it the hero ingredient of the recipe.

Pro Tip: The cumin roasted almonds you'll make for the soup are also a delicious snack on their own, according to Kiser.

Why We Love It: With the help of a slow cooker, you can whip together a tasty, healthy soup with minimal effort. It also looks seriously impressive, considering how easy it is to make.

Potato Latkes

Potato Latkes
Stuck in the Kitchen 

The Hero Ingredient: The star of this dish has to be the homemade feta cream cheese whip that comes together with cream cheese, feta, lemon zest, and dill.

Pro Tip: "If you fancy, top everything with a gently poached egg…not essential but it’d also be fab," writes Tuck.

Why We Love It: This versatile dish could serve as the main course at both brunch and dinner. It calls for potato latkes, smoked salmon, feta cream cheese, and pickled red onions.

Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad
Chelsea's Messy Apron 

The Hero Ingredient: The quinoa gives this salad a heartier feel and will help you stay fuller for longer.

Pro Tip: "I kept this salad pretty simple, but feel free to add some of your favorite salad toppings — think: roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, pistachios, fresh parsley, feta cheese, goat cheese," Chelsea Lords of Chelsea's Messy Apron suggests.

Why We Love It: This healthy salad is as colorful as it is filling thanks to sweet potatoes, quinoa, spinach, and avocados. It's all topped with a light lemon vinaigrette for a scrumptious salad that can be eaten as a side or main course.

Corn, Feta, and Basil Sweet Potato Noodle Carbonara

Corn, Feta, and Basil Sweet Potato Noodle Carbonara
Half Baked Harvest 

The Hero Ingredient: Spiralized sweet potatoes are the hero ingredient of this light pasta-inspired dish.

Pro Tip: Sweet potato noodles make for a more filling noodle alternative than zoodles made from zucchinis, according to Gerard.

Why We Love It: It's a fun play on traditional carbonara pasta that calls for sweet potato noodles, feta, corn, eggs, white miso paste, and basil. You can even top it off with sliced avocado for some more healthy fats and a pop of color.

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