Learn Different Ways to Cook Potatoes

How to Cook Potatoes

Different Ways to Cook Potatoes

How to Cook Potatoes

There are a number of different ways to prepare potatoes, among them BakedMashed, Roasted, Potato Salad, Au Gratin, and Scalloped.  Find videos below on a few of the most popular ways to cook potatoes.

Things to Note for Preparing Potatoes for Cooking

How to Prepare Potatoes for Cooking

Potatoes for recipes like fries, mashed, roasted, etc. can be cut and soaked in water up to two days before.  Rinsing the potatoes before cooking helps remove excess starch which can improve the texture and mouthfeel of many potato dishes.

  1. Sometimes potatoes that are cut and uncooked take on a pinkish or brownish discoloration. It’s due to the carbohydrate in the food reacting with oxygen in the air. Potatoes that become discolored are safe to eat and do not need to be thrown out. The color usually disappears with cooking.
  2. Preserve the color of cut potatoes by storing them in cold water and add lemon juice or a little vinegar. Limit water soaking to two hours to retain water-soluble vitamins.
  3. If there is slight greening, cut away the green portions of the potato skin before cooking and eating.
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Learn How to Cook Potatoes Fast

How to Cook Potatoes Fast

The simplest way to cook potatoes fast is to cut them into smaller pieces.  For fast mashed potatoes, for example, rather than boiling the whole potato, cut potatoes into quarters.

Want your potatoes to cook faster? Steaming them cooks them even faster. Place potatoes into a pot with a steamer insert and enough water to reach the bottom of the potatoes. Place a lid on top and turn the heat to medium-high. The steam gets hotter than boiling in water, allowing the potatoes to cook faster. After about 15-20 minutes the potatoes should be fork-tender and ready for mashed potatoes.

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Create the Perfect Baked Potato Every Time

Baked Potato: How to Bake a Potato in the Oven

Have you ever wanted to know how to get that perfect steakhouse baked potato?  A crispy exterior, a light and fluffy interior.

The kind of potato that steams the moment you pierce a fork into the crackling skin. Speckled with grains of salt and kissed with just a touch of sweet butter, this luscious preparation of America’s favorite vegetable will be a crowd pleaser time and time again.  Whether it’s a simple Tuesday night or you have some steaks hot off the grill, this recipe will be all you need to enjoy the perfect baked potato. To learn more, explore our comprehensive guide on baked potatoes which includes the best-baked potato recipes, how to select the right potatoes, storing potatoes, and other ways to prepare baked potatoes.

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Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes: How to Whip Up the Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Whip up perfection, with these light and airy mashed potatoes, perfect for any occasion.

Mashed potatoes are deceivingly simple, and a mainstay on any holiday table or a side to simple Sunday suppers.  But how do you achieve mashed potato nirvana?  With these easy to follow steps, your friends and family will be wondering what you did to make these incredible mashed potatoes.  But be warned you will from here on out be asked to make mashed potatoes for every potluck. To learn more, explore our comprehensive guide on mashed potatoes  which includes the best-mashed potato recipes, why you should invest in a potato ricer, how to select the right potatoes, mashed potato add on’s, and other ways to prepare mashed potatoes.

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Crunchy Roasted Potatoes Every Time

Roasted Potatoes: How to Make Crunchy Roasted Potatoes

Looking for an easy way to crispy up spuds for a perfect side dish?

Perhaps you want to load the tops of these with incredible toppings for a full meal. Nailing the crispy exterior is the best thing about roasting potatoes, and we are going to show you how to do just that. These are crispy on the outside, bursting with flavor on the inside and they provide that wonderful contrast between crunchy and creamy. To learn more, explore our comprehensive guide on roasted potatoes which includes the best-roasted potato recipes, how to select the right potatoes, to peel or not to peel, and other ways to prepare roasted potatoes.

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Create the Perfect Potato Salad Every Time

Potato Salad: How to Create the Perfect Potato Salad

From Germany to Korea, from Japan to the U.S. potato salads make for a great accompaniment to many family gatherings.

Different potatoes have different properties. Similar to pairing pasta to the type of sauce, you will want to pair the right type of potato with the type of dressing.  Dressings for potato salads can vary greatly, however they are usually divided between creamy dressings (mayo-based) and oil/vinegar-based dressings.  Mostly potato salads are served cold, but some are served warm such as German-style potato salad.  Below is a recipe video of how to create the perfect potato salad. To learn more, explore our comprehensive guide on potato salad which includes the best potato salad recipes, how to select the right potatoes, to peel or not to peel, and other ways to prepare potatoes for potato salad recipes.

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Create Classic Au Gratin Potatoes

How to Make Au Gratin Potatoes

Potatoes Au Gratin is a French classic recipe, perfect served in colder weather as a side dish.

It has a delicious, fondant base made with thinly sliced potatoes, covered in cream, which creates the most delectable crusty and golden topping once baked! Explore additional Au Gratin recipes.

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Scalloped Potatoes

How to Make Scalloped Potatoes

Bring elegance to your table with these irresistible scalloped potatoes, layered with a creamy besciamella sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese, and baked until bubbly and perfectly soft.

Explore additional scalloped potato recipes.

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Popular Potato Recipes

Salt Crusted Baked Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Butter

These salt crusted baked potatoes with roasted garlic & rosemary butter are anything but basic. Simple and easy, yes! But elevated too, thanks to a couple of baking tricks and an amazing compound butter that melts all over the fluffy insides of a perfectly baked russet potato!

Ready Time: 50min

Easy Baked Potatoes

Learn how to cook the perfect baked potatoes every time with this easy recipe. No hassle required! Top with a dab of dairy-free butter for ultimate flavor.

Ready Time: 50min

BBQ Bacon Baked Potato

BBQ Bacon Baked Potato is a convenient, easy-to-make side dish that looks more impressive than it ought to!

Ready Time: 65min

Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Switch up your taco night with these wholesome Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes! Use leftover baked potatoes to whip up this flavorful dinner.

Ready Time: 50min

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Yellow Mashed Potatoes are fluffy and creamy, with the addition of cream cheese, butter, and milk. Perfect for any side!

Ready Time: 35min

White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes with Vegetarian Guinness Mushroom Gravy

This simple vegetarian mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy recipe gets a flavorful boost from a splash of Guinness.

Ready Time: 45min

Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooker Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes are creamy yellow mashed potatoes with the delicious flavors of garlic, rosemary, and tangy buttermilk.

Ready Time: 360min

Boursin® Cheese Whipped Potatoes

In this spin on Mashed Potatoes, the dish is elevated with creamy and flavorful Boursin cheese and fresh herbs. The potatoes are made even more luxurious by whipping them in a stand mixture to create an ethereal texture.

Ready Time: 65min

Loaded Sheet Pan Roasted Potatoes

Bite-sized potatoes roasted them tossed with Parmesan cheese, bacon, scallions and ranch, delicious!

Ready Time: 30min

Parmesan Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Dip

Crisp, colorful potatoes complemented by a flavorful garlic dip.

Ready Time: 55min

Simple Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

Simple oven roasted rosemary potatoes with crispy outsides and fluffy, tender insides are a delicious, easy side dish to go with any dinner! (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free)

Ready Time: 25min

Oven Roasted Horseradish Dijon Potatoes

These gluten-free crispy Oven Roasted Horseradish Dijon Potatoes are a tasty and convenient side dish. Made with just a few ingredients, you won't believe how delicious they are!

Ready Time: 55min

German Style Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

Crisp bacon and zesty Dijon mustard are tossed with sliced red potatoes and fresh herbs. A fantastic old-world classic that your friends and family will crave.

Ready Time: 40min

Greek Style Potato Salad with Lemon, Mint, and Yogurt

A light rendition of potato salad and a perfect pairing for grilled entrees such as chicken or fish. Bright herbs like mint and chives are mixed with white potatoes, cucumbers, lemon, and radishes for a delightful departure from the classic version we have all come to love.

Ready Time: 35min

Smoked Salmon Potato Salad with a Creamy Dill Dressing

Fresh, delicious and ready in 35 minutes this Smoked Salmon Potato Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing is sure to please.

Ready Time: 30min

Grilled Pesto Potato Salad

The pop of pesto (typically made from a combination of crushed pine nuts, garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, olive oil, and basil leaves), Parmesan and pepper seasoning to the grilled red potatoes, this salad can conveniently be prepared with only a couple of bowls, a gas grilled and a microwave. Your guests will devour this dish faster than you can say, "Pass the Pesto Potato Salad, pretty please."

Ready Time: 40min

Winter Potato Gratin with Kale and Apples

Loaded with nutrients, this gratin is made of warm kale, apples, and the versatile potato.

Potatoes Au Gratin

Potatoes Au Gratin is a French classic recipe, perfect served in colder weather as a side dish. It has a delicious, fondant base made with thinly sliced potatoes, covered in cream, which creates the most delectable crusty and golden topping once baked!

Ready Time: 80min

Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes with Kale and Gruyere

With a rich sauce, crisp golden crust and a layer of creamed kale, this twist on au gratin potatoes is surprisingly simple. It's assembled and baked in just one pan and can be made ahead and baked just before serving.

Ready Time: 105min

Cheesy Potato Mushroom Gratin

This gratin puts a twist on the traditional by incorporating fresh herbs, mushrooms, almonds and four types of cheese layered alongside the Russet potatoes.

Ready Time: 55min

Extra Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Bring elegance to your table with these irresistible scalloped potatoes, layered with a creamy besciamella sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and baked until bubbly and perfectly soft.

Ready Time: 90min

Cheddar Red Scalloped Potatoes

Sliced red potatoes are smothered in a rich white cheddar sauce and baked with a crispy buttery topping to make this delicious scalloped potato recipe.

Ready Time: 60min

Italian Scalloped Potatoes

School District: Garland ISD High School
Operator: Chef Anna Smith

Ready Time: 70min

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Scalloped potatoes with ham—easy to make and delicious!

Ready Time: 60min

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