10 Unusual Meals to Make With Potatoes

A staple of the western world’s diet, potatoes are usually prepared in one of a number of overly-familiar ways, serving as a lacklustre accompaniment to the main dish. However, with a bit of effort and ingenuity, it’s possible to turn the humble potato into the centrepiece of a delicious recipe. Below are some ideas for what you can do. Some are quick and delicious, some are for adventurous students only, and some are downright weird.

Look at those lovely things!

Crushed Oven Potatoes

•    New Potatoes
•    Olive Oil
•    Kosher Salt
•    Black Pepper
•    A selection of your favourite herbs
Boil the potatoes until cooked. Oil a baking tray and lay out the potatoes. Press down with a fork on each potato until lightly crushed. Turn your fork at a right angle and repeat. Season with salt, pepper and herbs, and cook in an oven until golden.

Crushed? Are you sure that’s the right word?

Opossum and Sweet Potatoes

•    1 Opossum, skinned and cleaned
•    Salt
•    Pepper
•    Flour
•    Medium-sized sweet potatoes
•    2 tsp. sugar
Season the opossum with the salt and pepper and rub with flour. Pour in water and roast in the oven for 50 min on 180°C / 350°F. Cut sweet potatoes in half and put in water with Opossum. Cover and roast for another 25 min. Remove from oven and sprinkle sweet potatoes with sugar and salt.

No, that’s a Possum!

Potato Bread

•    1 small Maine potato
•    1/2 cup orange juice, concentrate
•    1/4 cup water
•    1/3 cup orange marmalade
•    1/4 cup vegetable oil
•    1 egg, beaten
•    3 cups flour
•    1/2 cup sugar
•    2 tsp. baking powder
•    1/4 tsp. salt
Shred and cook the potato in boiling water for 10 min. Cool and drain. Combine with orange juice, water, marmalade, oil and egg. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add one mixture to the other and stire. Spoon batter into loaf pans and bake at 180°C / 350°F for 30 min. Cool in pan for 10 min then remove from pan.

Potatoe bread – hmmmmm

Potato Enchilada

•    45 ml vegetable oil
•    6 potatoes
•    224 g processed cheese, melted
•    2 (10 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chili peppers, drained
•    28 g sweet peas, drained
•    245 g whole kernel corn, drained
•    12 flour tortillas
Shred and cook the potatoes in a skillet over medium heat. Combine melted cheese with diced tomatoes and chilies. Stir half of the peas and corn and mash them into the hash browns. Add remainder of peas and corn. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese and tomato mixture, stir. Cook for 10 minutes. Spoon into tortillas and roll like a burrito. Cover with remainder of cheese and tomato mixture.

Well, this one looks nice at least

Potato Logs

•    1 package hot dogs
•    1 box instant mashed potatoes
•    Yellow mustard
•    Shredded cheddar cheese
Cut the hot dogs length-ways and open on to a cookie sheet. Squeeze mustard over the inside of the hot dog. Pile mash on top of hot dog and mustard. Cover with shredded cheese and bake until cheese is melted.

What an awful name!

Potato Masala

•    1 lb. potatoes (Yukon Gold work well), peeled and cooked
•    1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
•    2 green chili peppers, finely chopped (optional)
•    1 medium onion, finely chopped
•    1 tbs. oil
•    1/2 tsp. salt
•    1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
•    1/2 cup fresh or frozen green peas, cooked briefly (optional)
•    1/4 cup water
•    1 handful cilantro leaves, finely chopped
For tempering:
•    1 tbs. oil
•    1 tsp. brown mustard seeds
•    1 tsp. whole cumin seeds
•    1 tsp. uncooked urad dal
•    1 tsp. uncooked chana dal
Mash potatoes very roughly. Sauté onions until translucent. Add ginger, optional peppers and sauté briefly. Add potatoes, turmeric, salt, peas, and water. Cover and cook on low heat until potatoes are warmed. Pour oil and mustard seeds into small pan. Place lid on pan and listen for mustard seeds popping. Shake the pan to prevent burning. When popping has finished, remove from heat. Add cumin and dal. Stir until golden brown. Mix ingredients into potatoes. Sprinkle with cilantro leaves.

Getting better!

Potato Pizza

•    2 egg whites
•    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
•    1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
•    20 oz. packet refrigerated hash brown potatoes, well drained
•    1/3 cup pizza sauce
•    2 cups cooked chopped chicken
•    2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
•    1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
•    1/8 tsp. pepper
•    1/4 tsp. salt
•    2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
•    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Spray a non-stick pizza pan with cooking spray. Combine egg whites, parmesan and thyme in a bowl. Beat with whisk until frothy. Stir in potatoes and mix well to coat. Press into pan to form a crust. Drizzle with pizza sauce and top with chicken, tomatoes, thyme, salt and pepper, and additional cheeses. Bake pizza at 220°C / 425°F for 20 min or until browned.

Pizza! Now you’re talking!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

•    1 lb. sweet potatoes, boiled, skinned, and mashed
•    1 cup brown sugar
•    1/4 cup water
•    2 1/4 cups Biscuit mix
Combine ingredients. The mixture will be moist. Flour a board and roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into biscuits. Place on non-stick tray. Bake for 15 minutes at 180°C / 350°F.


Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow Topping

•    Medium-sized sweet potatoes
•    1 cup milk
•    1 tsp. vanilla
•    3 tbs. sugar
•    Knob of butter
•    1 tbs. orange juice
•    Nutmeg
•    Cinammon
•    Marshmallows
Bake potatoes in an oven until cooked. Peel and mash the potatoes. Warm the milk and add sugar, vanilla and butter. Add orange juice, nutmeg and cinammon to potatoes. Add milk mixture to potatoes and then layer marshmallows. Bake until marshmallows have metled. Serve with a final layer of marshmallows.

Where’s this from, the Fat Duck?

Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

The easiest recipe on the list, mash some high quality potatoes and add some wasabi sauce to taste. The wasabi gives a delicious kick to the mash without overpowering the taste of the potato, and works brilliantly in dishes with other strong flavours, such as game meat.

Yeah, sounds good…

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