Potatoes can be prepared in almost an infinite number of ways: skin-on or peeled, whole or cut up, with seasonings or without, shallow or deep-fried, and baked. The only requirement involves that they are cooked in order to break down the starch contained within. Most potato dishes are served hot, but some are first cooked then served cold, notably potato salad and potato chips/crisps.
Common dishes are: mashed potatoes, which are first boiled (usually peeled), and then mashed with milk or yogurt and butter; whole baked potatoes; boiled or steamed potatoes; French-fried potatoes or chips; cut into cubes and roasted; scalloped, diced, or sliced and fried (home fries); grated into small thin strips and fried (hash browns); grated and formed into dumplings, Rösti or potato pancakes. Unlike many foods, potatoes can also be easily cooked in a microwave oven and still retain nearly all of their nutritional value, provided that they are covered in ventilated plastic wrap to prevent moisture from escaping—this method produces a meal very similar to a steamed potato while retaining the appearance of a conventionally baked potato. Potato chunks also commonly appear as a stew ingredient.
What are the best potatoes for:
Thanks to the Potato Council for helping with this list.
How much does one cup of potatoes weigh?
Estimated US cup to weight equivalents: