During my time at culinary school, the students had access to a large bin of potatoes to practice with the knife, and we used the leftovers in meals later – kind of a no-waste teaching trick. Of course, once we got tired of eating mashed potatoes five days a week (despite my adoration for the dish, we need some variation in their diet), my classmates and I challenged ourselves with hundreds of different creative ways to cook this potato.
TL; DR? Yes, I’m still obsessed with potatoes, and yes, I still cook them almost daily. Here are some of my favorite hearty potato recipes to date – they’re all budget-friendly, versatile, and the perfect side dishes for your next holiday season.
5 Hearty Potato Recipes That Aren’t Regular Mashed Potatoes
1. Aligot potatoes
Pommes Aligot, a classic French dish, is like the upgraded (and way more cheesy) version of mashed potatoes. It originates from the south of France and is made with cream and lots of tomme fondue, a creamy cheese produced in the French Alps and Switzerland. If you picture the most epic of cheeses, this dish would definitely come to mind.
The key to getting the gooest texture from Pommes Aligot is the type of cheese used. Although it may be difficult to find Tomme in the United States, you can also use cheeses that melt well (i.e. the ones you would use for fondue), such as Swiss, Fontina or the county, as demonstrated in this TikTok Video by @iceculinary.
@iceculinary Culinary Arts Chef Cyril shared this Cheesy Mashed Potatoes (Pommes Aligot) recipe on ice.edu/blog. 🧀 #iceculinary #fyp #potatoes #Recipe #How? ‘Or’ What ♬ Howl’s Moving Castle – Merry Go Round of Life – Vitamin String Quartet
2. Leek and potato gratin
Potato gratin, which is a dish made with creamy potatoes covered in crispy breadcrumbs or golden shredded cheese, was definitely a culinary school staple, and it’s incredibly easy to make. My favorite twist on potatoes au gratin is to add leeks to the base for extra sweetness and flavor. To get the perfect lasagna-like potato layers, I use a mandoline slicer to thinly and evenly slice the potatoes. Then I cook the leeks until golden brown before tossing them with cream to make a sauce infused with herbs and spices like thyme and nutmeg. This heavenly mixture is poured over layers of sliced potatoes arranged in a baking dish and topped with tons of melty cheese (I love Gruyère). Finally, cook until golden brown and tender, as in this TikTok Video by @madisonskitchen.
@madisonskitchen #ad cheese and delicious gratin potatoes 💛 #easyrecipe #potatoaugratin #scalloped potatoes #sponsored ♬ Just Walked In – JP – Riverdeep Mountaindue
3. Fondant Potatoes
If you want to impress your friends with an elegant and classy potato dish, look no further. A fondant potato is a method of preparing potatoes by cutting them into cylinders (save the leftovers to make mashed potatoes!), browning the ends, then slowly roasting them in butter and broth. Although this dish requires patience and attention to detail, as soon as you take a bite of it, everything will make sense. As the potatoes slowly cook, they become soft like butter, which is well worth the effort. If that’s not convincing enough, maybe TikTok Video by @poppycooks will make you change your mind.
@poppycooks Day 6 and it’s the magnificent ✨potato fondants✨ #Potato #potatoes #potatotiktok #chefsoftiktok #hunger #fondant #French ♬ Sweet Dreams x Seven Nations directed by POLY – Johnathon “NIGHTMÆR” Miranda
4. Burnt Japanese Sweet Potato
Not all delicious potato recipes need to be time consuming or heavy ingredients. That’s why I like to eat plain and simple baked Japanese sweet potatoes, which is a staple ingredient for some of the longest living people in the world. However, when I crave something sweet, I love to burn them, like in this two-ingredient recipe TikTok Video by @veggiekins. All you have to do is cut the potato lengthwise, cook until soft and tender, coat in sugar and flambé until tender. let it be caramelized. Then, serve it with your favorite vegan ice cream for a delicious fiber-rich dish that’s a dream come true.
@veggiekins This is sweet potato heaven 🤩 burnt Japanese sweet potatoes and vegan vanilla ice cream. Do it!! #foodontiktok #japanese sweetpotato #Yam #healthydesserts #veganrecipes #vegan #herbal #vegantiktok #healthyrecipes #asmrfood ♬ pyramids – hearts2tyler 💫
5. Anna Apples
Okay, I admit it: my all-time favorite hearty potato dish is definitely Anna potatoes. For starters, it’s a real showstopper. It is made by arranging very thin slices of potato layered in waves that form a concentric shape (similar to the petals of a flower). Besides being gorgeous to look at, it’s super crispy and crunchy around the edges. Most anna apple recipes only call for two ingredients: potatoes and butter. However, if you want to take it up a notch, @poppycooks uses buttered candied garlic to infuse the potatoes with even more aromatic flavor in this TikTok Video. *Slow applause.*
@poppycooks In reply to @ellieharney0 ✨ superb candied garlic apples Anna ✨ #Garlic #candied #potatotiktok ♬ original sound – Poppy O’Toole
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