Hey couch potatoes, get out of the living room and into the kitchen. Mashed, roasted, baked, fried, or stewed, there are so many ways to cook potatoes. We rounded up three of the best potato recipes for a single ingredient themed dinner. These recipes are great for a fall dinner or maybe even for Thanksgiving. We are excited to share our potato themed dinner with you.
Types of Potatoes and How to Use Them
One potato, two potato. There are over 5,000 types of potatoes and so many ways to serve these root vegetables. Potatoes are available all year long, but most potatoes are harvested in September and October.
The main potatoes varietals are:
- Russet: Thick brown skin with light, fluffy center; easy to mash and ideal for frying and roasting; Idaho potatoes
- Red: Thin skin; waxy; firm during cooking; excellent for potato salads and soups, and for steaming, boiling, roasting, making au gratin, scalloped and salads
- Yellow: Buttery flavor with a creamy texture; all-purpose potatoes; perfect for mashing, steaming, boiling, baking, roasting, and frying; Yukon Gold
- White: Thin skin with a nutty flavor; all purpose potatoes; creamy when baked and hold their texture when boiled; low in starch and are excellent for boiling, potato salad, mashing, steaming, making au gratin, and roasting; Cal White
- Purple: Medium skin with vibrant color; high antioxidant; great for steaming, baking, and boiling; Peruvian, Purple Majesty.
- Fingerling: Nutty and buttery flavor; size and shape of a finger; ideal as side dishes; great for baking, roasting, and boiling; French Fingerling, Austrian Crescent, Russian Banana
- Sweet Potatoes: root vegetables like potatoes, but botanically unrelated (Potatoes are in the Solanaceae family, related to tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant; Sweet potatoes are in the Convolvulaceae family with flowering morning glory vines); brown skin and orange flesh, rich in antioxidants; not to be confused with yams
How to Decorate for a Potato Themed Dinner?
Our beautiful Fall tablescape featured shades of marigold, metallic gold, pearl white and vibrant greens. We decorated our table with botanical pumpkin and gourd tablecloths and napkins and gold crystal candle holders.
Here comes the sun(flower). We placed a bouquet of vibrant marigold sunflowers and baby’s breath in the center of the table.
The Best Potato Recipes for Appetizers, Entrees and Dessert
Taters gonna tate. We kicked off our potato dinner with a potato rosemary foccacia. Nothing beats making foccacia from scratch. It’s quite easy with a Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer. We made an herb oil of basil, oregano, rosemary, garlic and thyme and drizzled it on the focaccia with potato, onions, and rosemary.
Silence of the lambs. We roasted lamb shoulder and served it on a bed of baby purple and yellow potatoes. We rubbed the lamb with fresh herbs (garlic, rosemary and thyme) and placed it in the oven.
You’re a sweet potato. We made Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars for dessert. Sweet potato is a nice alternative to pumpkin flavors. This dessert has a cake and pecan layer, followed by a sweet potato filling and a cream cheese layer that is marble with the sweet potato layer.
What Wine to Serve with the Best Potato Recipes?
Soliloquy is a Sauvignon Blanc-based multi-layered blend of white varietals. It has exotic flavors of passion fruit, lychee nut, lime and a floral bouquet of jasmine and orange flower. This is our favorite Sauvignon Blanc EVER.
Trilogy is a Bordeaux style wine that dates back to 1984. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec with warm notes of black plum, black cherry, lovely acidity and sleek tannins. We also served Flora Springs at our Dia de los Muertos dinner party last month. They have the most adorable collection of Halloween and Holiday wines with whimsical one of a kind wine labels.
This fall or even this Thanksgiving, check out the world of potato-bilities. There are so many types of potatoes to try and so many ways to eat them. Pairing your potato recipes with Flora Springs wines will make your meal even better.
Sweet Potato Cream Cheese Bars
- 2 1/2 Cups Flour
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 3 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Cup Pecans
- 1/2 Cup Cold Butter
- 8 Oz Cream Cheese Softened
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 3 Eggs Room Temperature
- 1 Can 14 Oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 3 Cups Cooked and Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- 2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- To make the cake mix, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine cake mix and chopped pecans; add butter until crumbly
- Press mixture onto bottom of a greased 13×9-in. baking dish
- Beat cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and 2 tablespoons milk until smooth; set aside
- Stir together sweet potatoes, remaining eggs, remaining milk and pie spice; pour over pecan mixture. Dollop cream cheese mixture over sweet potato mixture. Cut through cream cheese mixture with a knife to swirl into sweet potato mixture
- Bake until set and slightly golden on top, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely; chill before cutting into bars.
My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.Oprah Winfrey