Southwestern Topped Potato Rounds with Black Beans & Corn

Southwestern Potato Rounds

Thick-sliced potatoes are topped with seasoned black beans, corn and tomatoes plus plenty of cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and sour cream. They might just be the best potatoes I ever made. That’s a serious claim coming from someone who thinks potatoes should be their very own food group.

The recipe starts by baking russet potato rounds in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper until fork tender alongside a few slices of bacon for crumbling over the top. … 

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Baked Chicken Scampi with Potatoes and Zucchini

Baked Chicken Scampi with Potatoes

A summer comfort meal with baked chicken, potatoes and zucchini in a buttery, lemony garlic sauce that is so delicious you might be tempted to drink it. But don’t because the sauce is what brings it all together.

The chicken and vegetables are baked in one pan with a little chicken broth, butter, garlic and lemon zest. The vegetables, especially the zucchini, soak up all those flavors and the chicken comes out tender and juicy…. 

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Lemon & Feta Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes get a bright, sunny lift from lemons and feta cheese. Russet potatoes are tossed in an olive oil dressing that has both lemon zest and juice, mustard, Parmesan cheese, dried thyme and oregano then baked until crusty and browned.

To finish, they’re tossed with more lemon juice and crumbled feta cheese.

All together they make a perfect trio.

Lemon and Feta Roasted Potatoes

Do you want to know my secrets for getting the potatoes so dark and crusty? … 

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Loaded Mashed Potato Crunch

Loaded Mashed Potato Crunch

The best recipe ideas come to me out of the blue. Sometimes when I’m sleeping an idea will wake me up just the same way a nightmare would with the idea already formed in my head like a dream. All I have to do is acknowledge it and I fall right back to sleep dreaming of it. That’s precisely what happened with these potatoes. Even the name came to me.

The next morning I went straight to the kitchen and made cheddar mashed potatoes. I spread them out on a baking sheet, sprinkled more cheese on top and baked it until the bottom and edges turned golden brown and crispy. Like a giant potato pancake. … 

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Bacon Cheddar Potato Peel Chips (Don’t Throw Away Your Potato Peels!)

Bacon Cheddar Potato Peel Chips

Potato peels don’t get the love they deserve! They make a perfectly delicious snack baked up into crunchy chips that are accepting of all kinds of toppings or are fine on their own with just a little salt and pepper.

This is my ‘loaded’ version with cheddar cheese and crispy bacon crumbled over them plus a dollop of sour cream for dipping.

When I think of all the potato peels I’ve thrown away it makes me sad. Mountains of them. What a waste of food.

The cool thing is you don’t even have to cook them right away…. 

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Hash Brown Brussels Sprouts

Hash Brown Brussels Sprouts

Diced potatoes, baby Brussels sprouts and onions are roasted to crispy, golden brown in this baked version of hash browns.

Hash browns are normally breakfast food but I think of this as more of a side. I didn’t feel the urge to eat them with eggs but alongside a hearty meatloaf for dinner. It was a perfect match. You know what would of made it better? Bacon. Mix in a chopped-up slice, maybe two or even three and you’ll bring it one step closer to perfect.

I posted a similar version of this recipe all the way back in 2009. An entire five years ago. I can’t even believe … 

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Parmesan Potato Puffs

Potato Puffs

Pan-fried potato puffs with my secret fry sauce for dipping. They have lightly crisp outsides that give way to soft middles that melt in your mouth. Along with Parmesan cheese, they’re lightly seasoned with paprika, garlic and onion powder.

Pan-frying is a must. See those pale, insipid looking things in the back? I baked them, because inevitably, I knew you’d ask. They came out flat, dense and unappetizing. It was hard to believe they were even made from the same mixture, so different they were from the fried ones.

Frying magically poufs them up and out giving them light and creamy interiors with beautiful browned outsides, exactly how I imagine something called a “puff” ought to be like. The insides remind me a little of tater tots, but the outsides don’t have quite the same crunch. They’re crunchy enough, just not tater tot crunchy.

Now for my favorite fry dip, my go-to that I’ve been making forever. Barbecue sauce and mayonnaise, equal parts mixed together. Nothing fancy. It’s creamy, tangy, rich and addictive. Good on fries, onion rings, crispy chicken of any kind, and burgers.

You can serve these as a side or appetizer. For appetizers make them a little ahead of time and keep them warm in a low oven.

Parmesan Potato Puffs
Parmesan Potato Puffs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 4 as a side

Parmesan Potato Puffs

Pan-fried potato puffs with my secret fry sauce for dipping. They have lightly crisp outsides that give way to soft middles that melt in your mouth. Along with Parmesan cheese, they're lightly seasoned with paprika, garlic and onion powder.


2 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sweet or smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
coarse salt
vegetable oil, for frying
dipping sauce:
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise


  1. Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water, set over high heat and bring to a boil. Turn heat down and maintain a simmer until they are fork tender.
  2. Drain them and put them back in the pan, set it over the heat, cook for a minute or two to dry up the excess water on them.
  3. Mash them with a potato masher or pass them through a ricer into a large bowl. Stir in the egg, butter, Parmesan, flour, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Season well with salt - about a heaping teaspoon.
  4. Lightly flour your hands and roll into 1 to 1 + 1/2-inch sized balls.
  5. Heat about 1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet or Dutch oven set over medium-high heat. Once it starts to shimmer add one of the potato puffs - the oil should bubble and sizzle immediately, if it doesn't let it heat up a little longer. Cook the puffs in batches, don't crowd them because they will pouf up a little as they cook.
  6. Cook about 2 minutes a side or until golden brown, then turn and repeat, then turn and repeat again if needed so you can get all sides of the puffs nice and golden brown. Add more oil to the pan as needed.
  7. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
  8. Serve hot or at room temperature with fry dip (just whisk equal parts barbecue sauce and mayonnaise together) or ketchup.


Adapted from Food & Wine

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Romanoff Potatoes

Romanoff Baked Potatoes

A twice baked potato casserole with a sea of cheesy sauce made with chicken broth, sour cream, cream cheese and cheddar. Stick-to-your-ribs comfort food. This is a spin on the NYC Strip House Steak Restaurant’s signature side dish, potatoes romanoff.… 

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