Ways to Prepare Potatoes

The reason many low carb diets fail is because the world as a whole loves potatoes. OK, so maybe that isn’t completely accurate, but there has to be some truth to it, right? After all, there are countless ways to prepare the beloved root vegetable – some healthier than others. Sure, we all love some mashed potatoes or nice, crispy french fries, but here are some of the less traditional ways to prepare your potatoes for your culinary arts programs or just for yourself to enjoy:

Pommes Anna
Pommes Anna is an incredibly elegant way to prepare potatoes, as the German name would suggest. It actually just translates to French Anna, but it sounds fancy nonetheless. This dish from the Food Network is prepared by arranging thinly sliced potatoes in an overlapping, round pattern in a cast-iron or nonstick skillet. Then pour a mix of melted butter, salt and pepper on top. Do this for three layers and bake it.

Potato doughnuts
Potatoes aren’t the first thing you’d think of using to make doughnuts, but they work! These potato doughnuts from Buns in My Oven have a bit of extra sweetness in the dough, but otherwise taste just like a regular doughnut. They’re fairly simple to make; they just need a while to rise, so it’s best to tackle this recipe on a day that you have a lot of free time, like a Sunday afternoon. After all, you don’t want to rush these!

Potato bread
It seems that there is always an abundance of leftovers when you make mashed potatoes. Instead of letting them go bad in a container in the back of the fridge, try baking then into a delectable potato bread, like this one from BlogHer. It doesn’t have an overwhelming potato taste and actually works great for toasting or for sandwiches. This bread is surprisingly simple, and one recipe makes two loaves. Make one for now, and freeze one for later!

From culinary to pastry recipes, potatoes are a great ingredient to get creative with.
Mashed potato bites

There is no easier party appetizer than these loaded mashed potato bites from Taste and Tell. All you need are mashed potatoes, eggs, breadcrumbs and oil. You can also mix your favorite add-ins to the potatoes, like cheese, green onion or bits of bacon. Beware, though. If you bring these to a party once, you’ll be asked to bring them every time.

Spinach potato patties
The great thing about these spinach potato patties from Diethood is that they make a good appetizer or side dish. They’re savory and robust, flavored with garlic, yellow onion, pepper and Parmesan cheese. What’s even better is the fact that they take less than an hour to prepare.

Potato waffles
You know how you always have that internal battle between sweet and savory when deciding what to have for breakfast? Well, you can combine the two with these potato waffles from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Simply mix some hash browns, bacon, cheese and egg together, and put them in the waffle iron. Drizzle some maple syrup on top for a sweet and savory treat!

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