You Say Potato and I Say Po-Tah-To!

Potatoes are one of the primary starches on the table in most homes. Everything from mashed potatoes to roasted potatoes and fancy gratins. There is always someone in the family who makes the best potato dish — is that you? If not, would you like to be the one whose praises they sing with mmm’s and ohh’s as they eat your delectable dish?

Knowing the starch level in potatoes determines the best way to prepare them. Chef Jacquie to the rescue with a quick and easy way to figure it out.

Starch determines the purpose of the potatoes.

High starch potatoes like russets are great for baking, mashing, or making French fries – they don’t hold their shape, are very creamy, and have a tendency to get waterlogged

Medium starch potatoes or all-purpose potatoes are moister, hold their shape, and are great for roasting and making gratins. These include white potatoes, fingerling, red potatoes, and Yukon golds.

Potatoes pair up well with so many things like caramelized onions, roasted garlic, cream, scallions, rosemary, thyme, chives, sour cream, butter, grated cheese, crumbled bacon, chili, brown gravy, and tomatoes, just to name a few. Get creative with a loaded baked potato bar for adults and kids alike. Rosemary and olive oil turn plain red roasted potatoes into a scrumptious side dish. Experiment with different herb/potato combinations and see which ones your family likes the most.

One of my favorite mashed potato recipes is from Chef Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen…enjoy!

A wonderful potato side dish will complete your holiday table to everyone’s delight! Looking for easy recipes? Check out Chef Jacquie’s recipe library.