Inexpensive and versatile, potatoes are a kitchen staple across the globe. Each tasty tater is packed with almost half of day's recommended intake of vitamin C, more potassium than the ever-popular banana, and plenty of heart-healthy fiber.
But potatoes are about so much more than the baked, mashed and fried of everyday potato preparation. Here are five new ways to explore the humble potato both in and around the kitchen.
Replacement for Cream
Looking to enjoy the rich and creamy texture of a cream-based soup minus the dairy? Puree cooked potatoes into your next batch of broccoli cheddar or corn chowder for a similar experience, but in a lighter and dairy-free way.
Crusts and Coatings
Whether it's for a gluten-free diet or just to try something new, potatoes can serve as a crispy crust for variety of dishes. Coat chicken breasts or fish filets with shredded potatoes and pan-fry until browned and crispy. Or, instead of using pastry dough for quiche or savory pie, line a glass pie pan with sliced potato rounds or shredded potatoes, and cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes before adding your filling and baking. This makes for a simple and nutrient-rich crust — no pastry skills required.
"Toad in the hole." "Eggs in a basket." It goes by many different names, but whatever you may call it, here's a bread-less alternative to this classic breakfast fare. Simply slice (lengthwise) a layer off the top of a baked potato, scoop out most of the flesh, crack in an egg, and bake for 20 minutes for a perfectly portable breakfast on the go.
Rescue a Salty Soup
No need to scratch the entire batch the next time a soup turns out too salty. Simply add four peeled-and-quartered potatoes for every three liters of soup and simmer for 20 minutes, or until the salty flavor has been reduced.
Keep a potato handy in case of a kitchen mishap. Rubbing a minor burn with a raw, sliced potato can help ease symptoms and pain. Make sure to seek medical attention for any major and serious burns.