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If you claim that you don’t like potatoes, maybe you need to give them another chance. If you’ve only eaten one type or have been using the wrong types for the wrong recipes, it’s easy to see that your experience with them can be improved.
Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods, transitioning from breakfast to dinner and going from dressed up and roasted to cheesy casseroles. Whatever spices pique your taste, there’s a potato to go with them, taking your taste buds to a whole new level. But what are the most commonly used potatoes?
Idaho Russet
When you think of potatoes, Russets are likely what you’re picturing. Russets are grown in many states, but bona fide Idaho Russets come straight from, you guessed it, Idaho. These starchy potatoes are ideal for baked potatoes and creamy, fluffy mashed potatoes.
If you’re excited to make your own French fries, you can grab a sack of Russets or Katahdin potatoes, which are a related starchy variety that is the go-to for delicious fries.
Red Potato
Red potatoes are known as waxy or low starch. They are perfect for dishes where you don’t want your potatoes to lose their shape. Things like soup, potato salad, and hashbrowns should be your top picks with this one. Any casserole you want to add them to–scalloped, au gratin, or funeral potatoes–they can soak in the sauces and cheese without falling to mush.
You’ll probably love boiling, roasting, or grilling these potatoes, and some near perfect alternatives to pick up would be new potatoes or fingerling potatoes.
Yukon Gold
The Yukon Gold is a delicious, buttery potato that is pretty all-purpose. If you want mashed potatoes, Yukons will do it. If you want potato salad, Yukons will do that, too. Some similar all-purpose beauties would be white and yellow potatoes.
So if you haven’t decided what type of healthy potatoes to add to the meal plan for dinner, pick up a bag of these on the way home. You can let any of your dish ideas find fruition with these.
Bonus Spuds
You can get through life pretty well keeping to these three potatoes, but if you like to explore new foods and find out which potato is the best in that one special recipe, consider some of these other, less common potatoes.
If you haven’t yet seen a purple potato, give yourself an excuse to by serving them at Sunday dinner. They are also a nice all-purpose potato, doing well boiled or mashed. They don’t, however, make the best fries, so stick to the Katahdin on those. There are also blue potatoes and the Peruvian purple to check out.
Sweet potatoes seem always to be mentioned with the clarification that they are a separate tuber variety from potatoes, despite their name. They’ve picked up the reputation of being a healthy alternative to white potatoes. Whether you’re making sweet potato pie or sweet potato fries, they’re still delicious and versatile, no matter how they’re classified.
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