The following is a guest post about holiday potatoes from Ruthy of Omeletta blog. I married a true-blue, Dublin-raised Irishman, which means that we eat a lot of potatoes in our house. I’m talking five pound bags that disappear in a matter of days. Mashed, grilled, fried or in soup, he’s happy with any meal that includes potatoes. Here’s the mysterious part of his love for potatoes: even with all my years of cooking background, working as a recipe tester and developer, getting a degree in culinary school and working in various kitchens for over 15 years, he still finds whatever I do with potatoes to be lacking in comparison to his mother’s potatoes. His mother could put a plain potato in a pot of unseasoned water, mash it with some butter and cream, and he would wax poetic about it until Kingdom Come. I think sometimes, as a wife, you have to acquiesce to the power of an Irish mother’s potato prowess. Since it’s the holiday season, I’m undeterred by mother-in-law’s talents, and have been searching for more ways to highlight our favorite tuber. I love the way such a humble, low cost and nutritious vegetable can be worked into so many different and delicious dishes. Did you know that the potato has more potassium than a banana, and contains no fat or cholesterol? Since the holidays are usually a time of excess, I firmly believe the potato’s virtues should be even more elevated. In honor of the holiday season and the greatness that is the potato, the US Potato Board has teamed up with Lisa Lillien of the Hungry Girl website. Lisa developed an amazing Tater Taquito recipe in honor of this pairing, with her delicious recipe that includes mashed potatoes rolled up in corn tortillas and baked. It truly shows that the potato is as versatile as anything, and that leftover mashed potatoes can continue to have a tasty life of their own when used in other dishes. What else works great with potatoes and the holidays? During my marriage-long quest to find the perfect potato dish (no small feat), I’ve created quite a few winning recipes. We’ve had potatoes: -Sliced and fried, then topped with chopped olives and crumbled goat cheese -Twice baked, with chopped sugared bacon, crème fraiche and toasted walnuts -Mashed with buttermilk, celery salt and whole grain mustard -Made into a hash with pickled corn and crumbled sweet sausage -Layered with apples in a creamy dauphinoise I could go on, but I somehow feel as though I’m starting to give away my secrets of potatoes with you. If I’ve learned one thing from my mother-in-law, it’s that potatoes are the unsung hero of the dinner table, and the surprise life of the party at the holiday season. But when you’re as packed with goodness and flavor as potatoes are, being deliciously versatile is as easy pie. What potato recipes are you creating this winter season?
This article was written in conjunction with the Kitchen PLAY Equity Exchange program. The US Potato Board is a past sponsor of Kitchen PLAY, but this article does not contain sponsored content. About the US Potato Board
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