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Try Cooking Potatoes a New Way

For all those potato lovers out there, you are not alone.

Potatoes are the second most consumed food in the U.S., second only to dairy products.

Potatoes can be prepared in many ways because they are a very versatile vegetable. If you’re tired of the standard baked potato, next time try preparing them mashed, roasted, fried, au gratin or as hash browns.

Here are some ways to cook potatoes:


Cut red potatoes in half or quarters. Mix with olive oil, salt, pepper and any additional seasoning. Roast in the oven at 400 F for 45 to 60 minutes or until crispy.


Wash and peel potatoes if desired and boil for about 15 minutes or until soft. Place potatoes in a food processor or mash by hand, adding milk, butter, salt, pepper and any other desired seasoning.


Wash potatoes and wrap in aluminum foil. Bake in the oven for about 50 to 60 minutes at 350 F, depending on their size. For additional flavor, brush a little olive oil on the potatoes and season with salt and pepper before wrapping in aluminum foil.


Chop the potatoes and place in a skillet with oil or butter and add seasoning to taste. Fry the potatoes until they are soft. You also can use precooked potatoes that you have baked or boiled.

Au Gratin

Wash and peel potatoes. Using a knife or mandoline, slice the potatoes into thin slices. In a large saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to thicken it. Add salt and pepper. Gradually add milk and boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and add cheese, potatoes and chopped onions. Place in a greased baking dish and bake, covered in foil for about one hour. Then uncover and bake an additional 30 minutes or until golden.

Hash browns

Scrub potatoes and grate into thin strips, either with the skin on or removed. Wash the grated potatoes, then place on several paper towels and squeeze dry, removing as much moisture as possible. Mix the potatoes in a bowl with salt, pepper, garlic powder and any other desired seasonings. Place potatoes in an oiled skillet and fry until they are crispy

For more information on safely growing, processing and selling potatoes and other specialty crops in North Dakota, visit NDSU Extension’s Field to Fork website at



Abigail Glaser, NDSU dietetics and management communication student

Julie Garden-Robinson, NDSU Extension food and nutrition specialist

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This project was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant 14-SCBGP-ND-0038. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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