Easy Potato Recipes by Idea Queen

Easy Potato Recipes

Potatoes can make a great side dish for just about any meal. Ever heard of the term "meat & potatoes"? It's no wonder it's become such a famous vegetable, there's just so many different types of easy potato recipes out there!

I love simple recipes and trying different things. For this reason, the easy potato recipes below should be a starting point to try out your own different types of recipes.

Easy Baked Potato Recipes

Baked potatoes go well with certain types of meat like pork and steak. You could have baked poatoes as an easy side dish, or add things like cheese and chilli to make an entire meal.

While this may seem silly to some to give instructions for baked potatos on a page with easy potato recipes, don't laugh! There are some that are just starting out and have no idea how to cook a baked potato.

The easiest way to bake a potato is in the microwave. Be sure to take a knife and stab your potato on all sides, or you'll have an exploding potato! Cook for about 8-10 minutes, depending on the size.

The best tasting potatoes come from the oven. If you have more time and plan ahead, wrap your potato in foil and bake for 1-2 hours at 375* or until soft.

There are many different things you can add to your baked potato to add to your collection of easy potatoe recipes. Some ideas include:

  • Chili
  • Shreaded Cheese
  • Melted Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Bacon
As mentioned before, you can use easy potato recipes as a main dish with lots of toppings or as a side dish with meats and other vegetables.

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Easy Potato Recipes: Potatoes with Roasts

What pot roast is complete without potatoes? Used in an onion and garlic flavored roast, potatoes can be absolutely delicious! All you need to do is throw in your potatoes with your roast before you put it in the oven or slow cooker. After several hours of cooking with your roast, you have a very tasty recipe to add to your collection of easy potato recipes.

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Easy Potato Recipes: Mashed potatoes

This recipe on the list of easy potato recipes is a bit time consuming, but one of my absolute favorites. You can use either regular potatoes, or red potatoes leaving on the skins.

To start, you'll need to cook your potatoes. My mom's favorite way of doing this (and the way I was taught to make my favorite of all easy potatoe recipes), was to boil them. Wash and cut potatoes into pieces first. Peel them if you would rather not have the skins. Fill a pot up with water, add your washed potatoes, and bring to a boil. Usually it takes 10-15 minutes to fully cook the potatoes, and you'll be able to tell if they are done just by sticking a fork in them. If they are soft and break apart easy, they are done.

Drain the potatoes and put them in a bowl. Add a few tablespoons of butter, and a small amount of salt and pepper. You'll need an electric hand mixer as well, so make sure you have that out. Slowly add your milk while mashing the potatoes with the mixer. Do keep an eye on this, and add more milk only if needed.

Another version of my favorite of all easy potato recipes is using garlic salt instead of regular salt with red potatoes. When using red potatoes, I always leave the skins on for more flavor. As a kid growing up, there was no other easy potatoe recipes I liked more than mom's homemade mashed potatoes! (See more Potato Recipes)

Easy Potato Recipes: Oven Fries

This is another favorite one of our easy potato recipes. My son doesn't like any type of baked potatoes or other types of easy potato recipes, but as with any kid he LOVES french fries. Even picky kids think oven fries are a version of french fries. However, they are much more healthy!

To make this easy potato recipe, preheat oven to 400*. Cook potatoes in the microwave for about 5 minutes so they are partially cooked. Cut into bite size pieces, and place on cookie sheet. Lightly coat with olive oil and your choice of spices (usually I use garlic salt, but really anything can be used, like dry ranch dressing mix). Bake for 45mins - 1 hour, or until potatoes are golden brown.

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Other Easy Potato Recipes

Need more potato recipes?

There's many, many other ways to make easy potato recipes, but these are just a few ideas to start. Some other forms of easy potato recipes are:

  • French Fries
  • Hash Browns
  • Stir fry
  • Casseroles
  • Plus many more

If you check your cookbook you might also find some easy potato recipes that you can "tweek" to your own liking. Because potatoes have such little flavor on their own, the sky is the limit on different types of tasty recipes!

Still need a few more easy potato recipes? Try these great cookbooks:

potato salad
Potato Salad:
Fifty Favorite Recipes

Potato Book
Ultimate Potato Book

Potato Recipes
101 Things to Do with a Potato

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Additional Easy Potato Recipes

The following easy potato recipes were sent in by our visitors. Thank you!

by Kristi Stroschein

Boil 2 , 29oz. cans peeled and chopped New Potatoes for 20 minutes WITH 1 Cup chopped onion and 3 Tblsp. Minced Garlic

drain liquid and place back over burner on LOW heat

add 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine and stir until butter is melted add 1 jar Alfredo sauce and 1 Cup parmesan cheese

bring to a boil and then simmer 15 minutes
Add bacon bits or cooked spicy sausage for extra flavor/texture

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