Who doesn’t love potatoes? The versatile starch can be boiled, fried, mashed, or roasted and goes well with just about anything. You can even drink it since there are specialty vodkas made from potatoes. Not surprisingly, there are hundreds of amazing potato dishes around the world.
How do you like your potatoes? The most popular way to cook the starch is usually as french fries. You can find interesting variations of fries in every corner of the globe.
Here are 15 mouthwatering potato dishes that you’ll want to try right away:
1. Poutine (Canada)
Originating from Quebec, poutine tops your thick cut fries with cheese curds and gravy. The key is to use thicker fries that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Some Canadians claim that poutine is the ultimate comfort food.
2. Salchipapas (Peru)
Salchipapas is one of those potato dishes that started out as street food but is now being served in fancy restaurants. The name is a combination of the word “salchi” (sausage) and “papas” (potatoes). The meal is served with a side of coleslaw and you can choose to top it with sauce. The most popular sauce is simply ketchup and mustard.
3. Chorrillana (Chile)
In Chile, you can have your fries with sausages as well. However, Chileans also add meat, eggs, and onions and serve the Chorrillana in a huge heap. It is best shared with friends due to the large serving. However, if you really like your potatoes, you can always try to take the dish on your own.
4. Shepherd’s Pie (United Kingdom)
Did you know that shepherd’s pie started out as a way for people to use leftover meat? The perfect combination of meat, vegetables, gravy, and mashed potatoes has turned into the ultimate British comfort food. It is also easy to make and you can make one with the ingredients of your choice.
5. Clapshot (Scotland)
If you prefer your mashed potatoes with some texture, you can’t go wrong with clapshot. Originating from the islands of Orkney, the Scottish dish combines “neeps and tatties” (turnips and potatoes) mashed together with chives and butter.
6. Colcannon (Ireland)
If “neeps” aren’t your thing, you can always try colcannon. The traditional Irish dish mixes mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage, milk, and butter. It’s so popular that there is even a song called “The Skillet Pot” that reminisces about colcannon being made by mothers.
7. Duchess potatoes (France)
Duchess potatoes are undoubtedly the most elegant way to eat mashed potatoes. Interestingly, the dish is made of a puree of mashed potatoes and egg yolks then shaped into lovely little rosettes.
8. Brændende kærlighed (Denmark)
The Danish know exactly what to do with mashed potatoes. They top it with bacon, onions, and grated nutmeg. Not surprisingly, the term Brændende kærlighed translates to “burning love” in English.
9. Gamja-jeon (Korea)
The crispy pancake is made from grated potatoes and usually topped with chopped scallions or sesame seeds. It is dipped in a sauce called choganjang.
10. Rösti (Switzerland)
The Swiss created this potato fritter pancake with butter. It is typically eaten for breakfast and goes well with bacon, cheese, and fresh herbs.
11. Saag Aloo (Northern India)
Saag Aloo is potatoes and spinach curry served with rice, naan, or maki di roti. It’s a vegan curry that confirms you can eat potatoes with rice and still have a healthy meal.
12. Tortilla Española (Spain)
The Spanish omelette is made from potatoes and eggs. It’s great for breakfast but can also be served cold as an appetizer.
13. Janssons Frestelse (Sweden)
The Swedish casserole is made of potatoes, onions, bread crumbs, and cream. Doesn’t seem exotic enough? The Christmas dish is also filled with pickled sprats, a small oily fish that resembles anchovies.
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