Potatoes, Easy and Elegant
Mashed potatoes laced with smoky-flavored roasted garlic adds a big yum factor to a comforting classic. No worries if you’re a bit shy of garlic — roasting garlic makes it much mellower and sweeter.
Here’s a quick and clever way to make potato fries without a lot of peeling and cutting. Fingerling potatoes, if you are not familiar with them, are small potatoes with a long, narrow shape—hence their name. They come in several varieties; I like to use organic golden fingerlings like Russian Banana. These are ready, from start to finish, in about 20 minutes. more→
A small amount of vegan cream cheese gives these stuffed potatoes a rich flavor. Serve them with a big tossed salad with chickpeas or beans, and steamed green beans or asparagus, or other favorite green veggie. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
Mashed potatoes, the classic comforting side dish, is made even better with the addition of sweet potato. It adds extra flavor, color, nutrition. This is great on its own, but for an even more luscious dish, consider making Easy Mushroom Gravy for topping individual portions.
Here’s a simple, basic stew of potatoes and lentils that gets its kick from a cool coconut yogurt dressing that’s passed around for topping. Serve with a crusty bread or fresh flatbread and a colorful kale salad for a nice cold-weather meal.
Here’s a casserole of potatoes and tofu, laced with green chilies —hot or mild, as you prefer. Both comforting and invigorating, this is good served with refried beans or other simple bean dish, and a colorful salad. more→
Here’s a simple way to bring out great flavor in roasted potatoes. Roasted potatoes are always a treat no matter what; the olives add little bursts of flavor in every bite, and rosemary adds a distinctive flavor. more→
If you like leeks, you’re sure to enjoy this dressed-up version of hash brown potatoes. It’s perfect for a vegan brunch, paired with a simple tofu scramble and fresh fruit. Use firm-textured potatoes, rather than mealy ones, for best results. I highly recommend trying this with one sweet potato, as suggested below.