Who doesn’t love potatoes? We all grew up eating them, they’re good and cheap. Potatoes are so versatile that there are literally a million ways to serve them. They pair really well with cream, butter, cheese or any kind of herbs. They’re perfect with any meats and vegetables and are found in almost every cuisines from all over the world.
I dedicate this page to the humble spud and all those who love 'em. These are just a small handful of my favourites, with many more to come. Just click on the photo for the recipes!
LEMON ROASTED POTATOES
I just LOVE those lemony roasted potaotes you get your typical Greek platter! I always wondered how they got them so lemony! Then I tossed the lemons in with the potatoes when I boiled them and presto! Lemon potatoes! Give these a try! They are a perfect side dish for anything you're cooking and dead simple.
ROASTED TURMERIC & PAPRIKA POTATOES WITH SEEDS
On the lookout for new potato dishes, one evening, making salmon and had a craving for curry, I came up with these to accompany the curry sauce without clashing or overpowering it, with subtle flavours and bright colour, it really worked. The seeds, when roasted all together add a nice crunchy contrast to soft potatoes. These work with any big flavoured sauces or meats you make.
MUSHROOM, BACON & GRYERE POTATO SKINS
Potato skins may be one of those retro appetizers from the 80's but I think they're tasty and time for them to make a comeback. Jazz them with anything you like, as we all know, potatoes go with pretty much everything so you can go nuts...rest assured, there will be more recipes to come.
These are a classic dish. For my version, I use canned potatoes. you could go through all the trouble of peeling tiny baby potatoes and boiling or steaming them...or you could just use canned. No one can tell the difference! Really! I recommend letting them dry completely and lowering them in the oil really slowly as they will pop from the water inside them.
Looking for a new way to make potatoes? These are easy to make and I like to put whatever I make with them (steak, chicken or even fish) right on top and drizzle on a sauce...really elegant. This recipe will make 3 of them, so you can adjust the recipe for however many you want to make and they're really not hard to make at all and you can add all sorts of things (onions, carrots, cheese...)
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There are a few things to remember when making fries. I like them really well seasoned, crispy and dunked in ketchup. Most consider fries a guilty pleasure and one of the simplest comfort food, so why not make them as tasty as possible? Don't waste your waist on crappy fries.
LAMB STUFFED POTATO CROQUETTE
Got leftover mash and roasted lamb for last night's dinner? This is a really great idea to use them up and impress the whole clan you're feeding and they're really easy to make. You can even make them early in the day or the day before and toss them in the fridge. Then all you need to do is fry them up and keep warm in the oven until you're ready to serve. Whip up a quick tzatziki to dip.
MAKING YOUR OWN GNOCCHI
If you are a pasta lover, you will absolutely love gnochi. These are great little dumplings that love really thick and hearty sauces, making them perfect for cold winters. Some are intimidated by these, but they are so easy to make. Just a few simple rules...don't add too much flour to the potatoes, keep them dry, don't add any butter or cream. And finally, don't over cook them...just until they float .
There is nothing better than hot, gooey and cheesy scalloped potatoes. They are the perfect side dish that seems like a lot of work, but is actually simple to make. This recipe has brie, because that's what I had in the fridge that day. You can use any cheese you want...blue, cheddar, mozzarella, goat, I could go on and on.
BACON & GRYERE STUFFED CHIPS
I made these by accident while making scalloped potatoes. I'd sliced too many potatoes, so I stuck the leftover slices in some cold water and proceeded with dinner. The next morning, when I opened the fridge I discovered the greatest thing...the soaking slices had curled up into chip-like bowls, and were ready to stuff and bake. These are insanely easy to make and they pack a punch flavour-wise.
WARM POTATO SALAD
I love a warm potato salad. Never heard of it before? Imagine it as bringing new flavours to the simple boiled potato. I promise you, it is absolutely delicious and insanely easy! The perfect side dish on a rainy summer day when you're stuck inside and you can't grill.
POTATO CROQUETTE WITH POACHED EGG, ROASTED BEETS & CHIMICHURRI
This is a really easy and satisfying starter to any meal. I love the richness of the egg, the smooth creaminess of the potato, the crunch of the batter and greens and the contrasting herbacious chimichurri cuts through it all nicely. Visually stunning and tasty to boot!
POTATO & CARAWAY SOUP WITH BRAISED RED CABBAGE & PECANS
Cold and blistery out? Make soup! I top my soups with complimentary ingredients to give extra taste and texture. Make this and they'll be licking the bowl and begging for more. It also makes a really elegant first course for a dinner party (make it a day ahead). Make it smooth for an elegant dinner or chunky to be more rustic.
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Who can resist homefries? They're perfect with eggs, especially when you dunk them in a runny yolk. They're good with baked beans and any of the breakfast meats are fair game. They love ketchup, hot sauce and raspberry jam too. They cure hangovers with their ability to be beer sponges and when done right, can be the best part of a breakfast plate.
CLASSIC POTATO SALAD
What says summer like a good old potato salad. It's rich and creamy, with lots of texture and fresh flavours. You can literally put anything you like in it. I would recommend you make this the day before you eat it. Potato salad loves time, all the ingredients will meld together over time.
I love roasting potatoes! Imagine a nice slab of BBQ'ed meat withouth them? They're really simple and easy maintenance. I cut my potatoes into thick slices rather than chunks. I find it makes for better presentation and easier to cook on a grill.
STUFFED POTATO PEARS
Got leftover mashed potatoes? This is a really great idea to use them up and impress the whole clan you're feeding and they're really easy to make. You can even make them early in the day or the day before and toss them in the fridge and just warm them up in the oven when you're ready to serve.
PARMESAN POTATO CRISPS
These potato crisps are a great snack or hors d'oeuvres. Shape them into cool flowers, dollop some mustard aioli in the middle and you've got an insantly memorable take on chips and dip. Everyone takes a crisp and gets some dip along with it. These are insanely easy to make!
This cottage pie is a warming dish on a cold day. I use creamed peas giving you a nice crusty top. I'd like to say that I first had this in a remote part of Britain on a blustery day, but I didn't. I wanted to make my favourite comfort food...Acadian Sheppard's Pie (Pate Chinois), but had no corn, so I used peas and it was delicious! I make these in small individual casserole dishes. Makes a great lunch, and a good use for leftover mashed potatoes.
SHITAKE MUSHROOM & PANCETTA GNOCCHI
I was walking through the grocery store and there were shitake mushrooms staring at me and I knew right away what I was going to make with them. This is a great way to use up extra mashed potatoes or potatoes starting to grow sprouts in the cupboard. These plump little dumplings are perfect for a cold winter day...rich and hearty!