Pots of Gold: Easy Potato Recipes for St. Pat’s Day (or anytime!)
In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s celebrate by creating edible pots of gold with the versatile Irish potato. If you’re not familiar with this super-affordable spud, it’s time to grab a fork.
Irish potatoes, or white potatoes, are categorized as waxy boiling potatoes, meaning they hold their shape during cooking. Both economical and readily available, Irish potatoes boast a nutritious pedigree to boot. They’re an excellent source of potassium (they beat out bananas!), vitamin C and fiber. And as luck would have it, a medium-size potato has about 110 calories, no fat, no sodium and no cholesterol.
Baked, boiled or sautéed, the possibilities for enjoying this tasty tuber go on and on. Mash them up with butter (a favorite for good reason!), or try out these four easy recipes:
•HOMEMADE POTATO CHIPS
Slice potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick slices; toss with oil and desired seasonings. Spread in a single layer on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
•EASY BAKED FRENCH FRIES
No deep fryer needed for these favorites. Just cut potatoes into 1/4-inch-thick matchsticks and toss with oil and desired seasonings. (Beyond salt, try garlic, rosemary…or even cayenne pepper and chili powder for a kick!) Spread in a single layer on a foil-lined greased baking sheet. Bake at 450°F for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.
•SUPREME POTATO BAR
Scrub and pierce potatoes with a fork. Rub all over with butter for deliciously crispy skins, or wrap each potato in foil for easier cleanup. Bake at 425°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour. While they’re baking, set out the fixings.
TIP: think about your favorite nacho toppings and go from there. Cheese, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream, avocado, pulled pork, black beans, chopped veggies…use your imagination and have fun!
•SIMPLE HASH BROWNS
Grab a skillet and a cheese grater. Peel the potatoes, slice them in half and use the grater or food processor (with the large shredding disk) to shred the potatoes. Then place the potatoes on a kitchen towel to squeeze out excess liquid. Cook the potatoes in oil in a skillet until golden brown on both sides. Done (and gone!).
•ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER RECIPES
Ready to celebrate with a full-on Irish feast? We’ve made it easy with tasty, authentic recipes your friends and family will love. And feel free to use Yukon Gold, russet or red potatoes, to name just a few. As the Irish know, the more the merrier!
•CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE ENCHILADAS
What could be more Irish that corned beef and cabbage? Not much, but we've got a new twist for you. Try this fun, bold take on the classic recipe by wrapping it all up in a corn tortilla. GET THE RECIPE
•LOADED HASH BROWNS
Don't forget the isle's traditional crop: potatoes! This delicious and comforting dish will have you wishing for a fiddle to sing its praises. It's loaded with the best potato accompaniments: cheese, bacon and sautéed onion - YUM! GET THE RECIPE