If you’re a longtime reader of this blog you should know by now that I’m a potato lover. I have over 40 potato recipes on this site, ranging from the sweet to the savory, to the healthy and the not so healthy. Out of all the foods out there, potatoes are most definitely the most versatile and if I can find a way to use them in a recipe, I will. Which is why I couldn’t refuse an invitation from Potatoes USA last week to attend a delicious spud-filled evening at no other place than the Bon Appetit Test Kitchen! What potato lover can say no to a night tasting spud-centric bites, a hot potato bar, potato cocktails and best of all the view of Manhattan inside the gorgeous Bon Appetit offices? Certainly not me!
As much as I wish all of you could have joined me last week, I do have mouthwatering photos to share, potato tips and inspiration for throwing your own hot potato bar! Plus a handful of my personal favorite potato recipes to keep on hand for any occasion!
Chef Joey Campanaro with executive chef of Little Owl in NYC shared his inspiration for reinventing the classic baked potato with an amazing hot potato bar. If you can think of a topping it was there to be had! From guacamole to bacon, marinated peppers, cheese, leafy greens, butter, sour cream, mushrooms, onions. The list goes on and on and the various combinations are endless.
What I loved about this potato bar was how easily and effortless it looked to put together at home. Utilizing petite potatoes and fingerlings gives your guests the chance to go back for multiple servings. Each topping is laid out on the table in individual bowls to allow everyone to pick and choose as they go along.
Plus petites and fingerlings are easy to prepare and store in bulk. Toss them on a sheet pan in a 400 degree oven and they are roasted and ready to go in 30-40 minutes.
Potatoes also happen to be naturally nutrient dense with one medium-sized (5.3 ounce) potato equaling just 110 calories. There’s no fat, no sodium and cholesterol, you’ll find 30% of your daily value of vitamin C and more potassium than a banana (13% of daily value).
Baked potatoes are of course only one of many ways to prepare this tasty spud. There are numerous varieties to try including Russets, reds, yellows, whites and purples to create a gorgeous rainbow on your plate and sizes from petites, fingerlings and more! Go ahead and enjoy them alone or pair it with beef, chicken, pork or seafood!
Oh and if the potato couldn’t get any better, you can distill it into vodka! We sipped on some delicious cocktails all mixed with potato vodka including a pretty pink Grapefruit & Basil and fresh Cranberry and Ginger cocktail.
If all this potato talk is making you hungry be sure to check out a few of my favorite potato recipes to make at home tonight! You can also find more great potato recipes by visiting Potato Goodness.com
- Potato and Vegetable Hash
- Cajun Potato and Andouille Sausage Bake
- Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Barbecue Chicken Stuffed Baked Potato
- Steak and Potato Salad with Avocado, Corn and Tomatoes
- Air Fried Curly Fries with Bacon and Chive Yogurt Dip
- Tikka Masala Latkes
This post is sponsored on behalf of Potatoes USA. As always all opinions are my own and thanks for supporting brands that I work with.