Potatoes, Easy and Elegant

5 Simple Ways to Serve Potatoes

Potato oven fries

OVEN “FRIES”: Use one large or two medium potatoes per person (preferably red-skinned, Yukon gold,  or other firm-fleshed variety). Peel the potatoes and cut them into long, 1/2-inch thick fry-shaped strips. Combine them in a large mixing bowl with a modest amount of light olive oil and toss well to coat. Sprinkle with a little salt. Transfer to a nonstick baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 425º F. oven, stirring gently every 10 minutes, until the potatoes are crisp and lightly browned, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve at once. Note, this is also an excellent way to serve sweet potatoes. more→

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Two Potato Kugel

White and sweet potato kugel

This potato kugel (which is a baked pudding or a casserole) is reminiscent of my grandmother’s, but I kicked up the nutritional profile a bit with the inclusion of sweet potatoes and taking out the eggs. This version is less rich but still full of potato-y comfort, a cross between hashed browns and scalloped potatoes, and a great side dish at a Passover meal. Being gluten-free, I omitted the traditional matzo meal, but feel free to add that as described if you have no issues with wheat. By the way, a mandolin slicer works great for getting the potatoes into uniform matchsticks. Recipe and photo contributed by Maria Rose from Vegan Street. more→

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New Potato Gratin with Tomatoes and Olives

new potatoes in basket

Made with summer’s new potatoes and garden tomatoes, this late-harvest dish is fragrant with herbs and olives. Serve warm or at room temperature, with a wedge of lemon and vegan mayonnaise.  Reprinted with permission from The New Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone* by Deborah Madison,copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

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Twice Baked Golden Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes by Joelle Amiot from jarOhoney

These little gems have ALL the flavor without the fatty ingredients we have indulged in the past. The two examples that I will touch on (because the other one is kinda obvious) is replacing dairy ingredients with nuts and incorporating the veggies and spices. Normally when people think of twice baked potatoes they think of creamy potatoes and smoky bacon flavors. How do you achieve these traditional flavors while adhering to a completely veggie lifestyle? Easy!

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Kale and Cabbage Colcannon

kale and cabbage colcannon

In this Irish classic, potatoes and cabbage or kale are lightly browned in a skillet. Here I’ve used both types of greens, and, with a generous portion of leeks, it’s tastier than ever. more→

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Root Vegetable Hash Browns

Root vegetable hash browns

Ordinary potato hash browns are given an interesting twist with the addition of root vegetables — with a choice from among sweet potato, golden beets, turnips, parsnips, etc. Do try the optional tart apple — it adds a delightful flavor. This goes hand-in-hand with tofu scrambles, but you can use it as a cold-weather side dish with bean dishes.

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Veggie and Hummus-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Stuffed baked potatoes

I learned long ago that leftover potatoes come in handy if they’re ready to use all week long. One of my favorite ways to enjoy potatoes is scooped out, mashed, and stuffed right back into the shells. The skins become super crunchy on the outside, and the filling is pure creamy goodness on the inside. Using leftover cooked vegetables, which add extra fiber and nutrients, along with a bit of hummus, dinner almost makes itself. These are simple, satisfying, and completely delicious. Recipe and photo contributed by Vicki Brett-Gach from her blog Ann Arbor Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Potato Oven “Fries” or Wedges

Roasted potato wedges

If you love French fries but not all the oil usually used to make them, you’ll enjoy these “fries” baked in the oven. They’re a perfect accompaniment for veggie burgers and wraps. See our recipe for Sweet Potato Oven “Fries” as well. more→

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