National Tater Day Provides Perfect Excuse to Indulge in Potatoes

Posted: March 31, 2023 10:00 am

National Tater Day will be here on Friday, March 31. There is no end to the ways that you can prepare this versatile vegetable and starch. Here are 12 recipes to try if you want to get creative with how you prepare your potatoes.

Ultra Crispy Smashed Potatoes

You cannot go wrong serving these ultra crispy smashed potatoes as a side dish. The potatoes are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can customize these smashed potatoes by adding some garlic or your preferred fresh herbs. They also taste great with a bit of parmesan on top, complementing the buttery flavor of these little beauties. The recipe also works well with a variety of different potatoes. For instance, a potato that is less starchy will translate to a fluffier middle.

Honey Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

This simple recipe for honey cinnamon roasted sweet potatoes will become a regular part of your meal rotation. All you need to pull this off are a few sweet potatoes cut into one-inch cubes, your favorite honey, olive oil, and some cinnamon. A bit of salt and pepper provides a nice balance to the sweetness. Maple syrup makes a fun swap for the honey. To make it even easier to prepare, you can typically find cubed sweet potatoes in the refrigerated produce aisle of your grocery store. These potatoes will roast up in about 30 minutes.

Ultimate Creamy Potato Soup


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This ultimate creamy potato soup is the definition of comfort food. Pureeing some of the potatoes will make it creamy without all of the loaded fat of too much heavy cream. Vegetarians can leave out the bacon and sub the chicken stock with vegetable stock for a compliant meal. The sour cream and cheddar cheese adds an extra layer of decadence while the ancho chili powder provides some kick. Clean-up is also a breeze since the soup comes together in one pot.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip

You have never had a taco quite like this. These sweet potato and black bean tacos are complemented by the avocado-pepita dip to create a symphony of flavors. Do not let all of the veggies fool you. These tacos are actually quite hearty. The spicy roasted sweet potatoes are paired with protein-packed black beans and topped with a creamy avocado spread. The toasted pepitas add some texture along with the pickled jalapeños. The perfect finishing touch is the crumbled feta cheese. This recipe is both vegetarian and gluten-free.

Sausage, Kale, and Potato Skillet

This sausage, kale, and potato dish is the ideal one-skillet meal. In addition to the boiled red potatoes, the dish features sliced chicken sausage, onions, freshly minced garlic, and kale. A squeeze of lemon juice brings out all of the flavors. Boiling the potatoes prior to adding them to the skillet will crisp up the skin will leave the insides soft and fluffy. Serve this skillet meal with a loaf of bread or a fruit salad for a dinner that the whole family will love.

Patatas Bravas

Bring a taste of Spain to your dinner table with these patatas bravas. This classic Spanish tapa dish could not be easier to prepare. Serve them as an appetizer, a snack, or a side dish. The deep-fried potatoes go well with a variety of different sauces. The most common sauce served alongside patatas bravas is the classic garlic aioli. You will understand why Spaniards eat this tapa in abundance once you try this recipe.

Potato Leek Gratin

This creamy potato leek gratin recipe will become an instant hit. Sliced leeks feature a mild onion flavor that pairs beautifully with the potatoes. You will love the smell that the leeks impart when sautéed with butter and salt. The creaminess is achieved through the parmesan and gruyere cheeses. While this dish makes a great holiday side dish, it will also be a fun addition to your recognition of National Tater Day. The inherent creaminess of the Yukon gold potato variety translates to a naturally creamier dish without all of the added fat and calories.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Everyone loves a good twice baked potato. These delicious twice baked potatoes are loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, and chives, elevating the typical potato side dish to something more memorable. You can turn this into a complete meal by adding some ground beef, cooked chicken, or ham to the filling. This is also a great side dish for when you need to prepare something ahead of time or freeze for later consumption.

Cheesesteak Potato Skins

These cheesesteak potato skins make the perfect Friday game night treat. The recipe is best described as a mashup between traditional potato skins and a cheesesteak sandwich. Russet potatoes work the best in this recipe as they are able to hold up to the toppings and retain their shape, serving as a great conduit for all of the goodness. The potato skins are stuffed with the ingredients you would traditionally find in a cheesesteak sandwich, including roast beef, red and green bell pepper, mushrooms, onion, white American cheese, and green onions.

Baked Potato Pizza

This baked potato pizza is a unique way to work more potatoes into your diet. After pre-baking the pizza crust, you will top it with roasted potatoes, bacon, onions, and mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. A mix of sour cream and ranch dressing mix serves as the sauce for this pizza recipe. Serve this pizza with a side green salad for a complete meal.

Italian Potato Salad

Elevate your usual potato salad with this Italian potato salad recipe. Red potatoes are the base of this Italian salad, also featuring artichokes, tomatoes, the greens of your choice, olives, red onion, salami, and more. All of this goodness is tossed with a homemade Italian vinaigrette made with olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, dried thyme, salt and pepper. The finishing touch is made with the fresh basil and baby mozzarella balls. Feel free to use burrata or soft provolone cheese as an alternative.

Classic Mashed Potatoes

At the end of the day, you can never go wrong when you serve up a big bowl of classic mashed potatoes. The high starch content in russet potatoes or Idaho potatoes make them extra creamy. A good amount of butter and cream take these potatoes to the next level of creaminess. Heating the cream or milk prior to mixing into the recipe will keep the potatoes warm and help to melt the butter. While this recipe only calls for salt and pepper for seasoning, you can also add chives or garlic. As with any recipe for mashed potatoes, you can serve these as a delicious side dish with a variety of entrée options.

The humble potato deserves to be celebrated this year. These 12 recipes will give you plenty of ideas on how you can work this vegetable into your meal plan for the day.



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