Easy Weeknight Potato Recipes: From Mashed To Roasted And More!

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The humble potato: a starchy staple that transforms into countless delicious dishes. They’re affordable, versatile, and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out in the kitchen, these easy potato recipe ideas will become your go-to for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and even snacks.

Appetizer Perfection: Crispy Potato Skins

Best Potatoes You’ll Ever Taste

These bite-sized delights are perfect for parties or a quick and satisfying snack.

Ingredients:

4 large russet potatoes

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Chopped bacon bits (optional)
  • Sour cream or plain yogurt (for dipping)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
    2. Scrub and pierce the potatoes with a fork a few times. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until tender.
    3. Meanwhile, combine olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and thyme in a small bowl.
    4. Once the potatoes are cooked, let them cool slightly before cutting them in half lengthwise. Scoop out some of the flesh, leaving a thin border, to create a boat shape.
    5. Brush the potato skins with the prepared oil mixture. Season with salt and pepper.
    6. Place the skins on a baking sheet, cut-side down, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
    7. (Optional) Top with shredded cheese and bake for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until melted and bubbly.
    8. Serve warm with chopped bacon bits, sour cream, or plain yogurt for dipping.

    Tips:

    Use a spoon to scoop out the potato flesh to create a smoother base for the skins.

  • Leftover mashed potato can be used as a filling for the skins.
  • Experiment with different seasonings like chili powder, rosemary, or ranch dressing mix.

  • The Ultimate Side Dish: Creamy Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed potatoes are a classic comfort food that complements a variety of main courses.

    Ingredients:

    4-5 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (or more for desired consistency)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped chives (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. In a large pot, cover potatoes with salted water and bring to a boil.
    2. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork-tender.
    3. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
    4. Using a potato masher or hand mixer, mash the potatoes until smooth.
    5. Gradually add butter and milk, beating until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    6. (Optional) Garnish with chopped chives before serving.

    Tips:

    For extra flavor, add a pinch of nutmeg or garlic powder to the mashed potatoes.

  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

  • A Hearty Main Course: One-Pan Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

    This casserole is a complete meal in one dish, perfect for busy weeknights.

    Ingredients:

    1 pound ground sausage

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cups frozen hash browns (thawed and squeezed dry)
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until browned. Drain off any excess grease.
    3. Add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
    4. In a large bowl, combine the cooked sausage and vegetables with the hash browns, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheese, milk, and beaten eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
    6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
    7. Let cool slightly before serving.

    Tips: