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The 34 Most Delicious Things You Can Do To Potatoes

The potato is humble, but it is also mighty.

Alice Monkongllite

1. Get some oven fries drunk on beer and cover them with chili and cheese.

Recipe: Beer-Soaked Chili Cheese Fries

2. Bake potato slices and tuck them into the middle of a glorious grilled cheese sandwich.

Recipe: Baked Potato Grilled Cheese

3. Mash potatoes into creamy, buttery perfection.

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Recipe: Swirly Creamy Mashed Potatoes

It truly does not get better than this.

4. You might not have realized this, but you can do exactly the same thing to potato slices that you do to fried chicken.

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Recipe: Chicken Fried Potatoes

CHICKEN-FRY EVERYTHING. THERE ARE NO RULES.

5. Put secret lamb stew inside a potato to make baby shepherd’s pies.

Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie Twice-Baked Potatoes

Serve these at a dinner party and watch in horror as your guests die of exposure to excessive cuteness.

6. Boil ‘em, smash ‘em, bake ‘em on a sheet.

Recipe: Crash Hot Potatoes

Maximizing your crispy crags and crannies is ESSENTIAL to the greatest roasted potato experience.

7. Fry battered mashed potato rings into dunkable golden perfection.

Recipe: Potato Rings with Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

You know that agonizing moment when you have to choose between fries and onion rings? NEVER AGAIN. The technique here is pretty involved, but the payoff is great.

8. Slice ‘em thin and bury them with tons of gooey cheese.

Recipe: Cheesy Skillet Scalloped Potatoes

If I were a potato, this is how I would want to die.

9. Wrap chunks of potato in cozy bacon blankets to make one-bite appetizers.

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites

Is the party at my house or yours?

10. Turn baked potatoes into ship-shape little pizza boats.

Recipe: Pizza Baked Potatoes

Are those mini pepperonis freaking adorable or what?

11. DIY your own tater tots.

Recipe: Homemade Tater Tots

GOTTA HAVE YOUR TOTS.

12. Mix the insides of a baked potato with cheddar and Sriracha, then bake it again.

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Recipe: Easy Cheddar & Sriracha Potato Skins

13. Fry a mountain of your own fresh and delicious potato chips.

Recipe: Homemade Potato Chips with Sriracha BBQ Sauce and Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese

14. Bake hash browns into adorable individual portions.

Recipe: Baked Parmesan Hash Brown Cups

Make sure to wring out as much of that water as you can from your grated potatoes to get maximum crispiness.

15. Sneak some bacon into a creamy potato gratin.

Recipe: Bacon Potatoes Au Gratin

16. Fry up a million crispy, delicious latkes.

Recipe: Adam & Maxine’s Famous Latkes

If you’re only making latkes for Hanukah, you’re not making enough latkes.

17. Turn leftover mashed potatoes into cheddar waffles.

Recipe: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles

This might be the ultimate post-Thanksgiving brunch.

18. You can also go for the real gold by combining latkes AND waffles.

Recipe: Latke Waffles

19. Get into the tapas spirit with some crispy-creamy croquetas.

Recipe: Chorizo Croquetas

Spain knows its way around a fried ball of potato, my friend.

20. Take out your aggression on waxy potatoes by smashing them into garlicky oblivion.

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Recipe: Garlicky Smashed Potatoes

21. Turn grated potatoes into the latke’s glorious, brunchy cousin: hash browns.

Recipe: Classic Hash Browns

Make sure your oil is nice and hot so they come out crispy, not soggy.

22. Show off your knife skills with fancy “hasselback” potatoes.

Recipe: Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

Plus bacon and sour cream, for good measure.

23. Whip up a creamy, tangy old-fashioned potato salad.

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Recipe: Eggy Potato Salad with Pickles

Best enjoyed on a picnic on a beautiful day.

24. Or, if mayo isn’t your thing, try an elegant vinaigrette-based potato salad.

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Recipe: German Potato Salad with Dill

Say no to slime.

25. Channel Canada with a mountain of fries, cheese curds, and gravy.

Recipe: Authentic Canadian Poutine

Looks pretty good, eh?

26. Give mashed potatoes the baked mac and cheese treatment.

Recipe: Baked Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Fresh Mozzarella and Breadcrumbs

27. Blend up some potatoes to make a creamy, comforting soup.

Recipe: Creamy Roasted Garlic Potato Soup with Crispy Brussels + Chili Oil

28. Make your own potato gnocchi with some flour and a little fancy handwork.

Recipe: Basic Italian Gnocchi

The instructions in this blog post are in charmingly Italian-ish English, but the step-by-step photos are very clear and helpful for anyone who’s tried gnocchi before and been burned.

29. Slice Russet potatoes into matchsticks and bake golden garlic fries.

Recipe: Baked Garlic Matchstick Fries

McDonald’s better watch out.

30. Leftover mashed potatoes can actually make for killer chocolate cake.

Recipe: Chocolate-Mashed Potato Cake with Ganache

To be clear, please don’t use mashed potatoes that involve anything other than cream, butter, and salt.

32. …and fudge!

Recipe: Mashed Potato Fudge

The carby goodness makes it creamy and a little less insanely sweet.

33. Toss ‘em with a little ranch seasoning and roast.

Recipe: Garlic Ranch Roasted Potatoes

34. When in doubt: Just bake it.

Recipe: Perfect Baked Potato

There are SO FEW things on this earth more delicious than a perfectly baked potato with butter melting into its hot, fluffy crevices. Remember that.

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