Potatoes are full of energy and have a delicious starchy taste. It is a favourite starch side dish for the cook of any household. However, you will eventually get bored of the same method so why not try something new and just as delicious?

Potatoes are by far the tastiest when they are made into chips. Why? Not only do they get a crispy addictive taste but they are the easiest to make and eat. This would be the favourite for the everyday family.

Baked potatoes take a bit longer to cook but are worth the wait. You can also decide on different cuts for the potatoes. Wedges are the best since the outside will be crispy and full of flavour when spices are added, and the inside will be soft and hot.

You can also drop a couple of potatoes into your stews, curries and broths. The starch is also quite useful if you accidentally put a bit too much salt into the sauce. Because potatoes are bland they soak up any excess salt that isn’t needed.

Have you ever tried to make Gnocchi? It’s a good thing they are easy to make. Firstly, you have to boil potatoes in water until completely cooked and soft. Mash them and then mix the mash with flour and eggs. Once you have this step completed you can roll little balls of the dough mix over a fork and there is your professional Gnocchi.

Mashed potato is a lovely side dish to have. The creamy goodness complements any main meal because it doesn’t have such a prominent taste. After boiling and mashing them, you need to put the mash into a pot and add milk, nutmeg and salt. You will never believe how good it will taste.

Stuff them. You can put cheese, mushrooms, beans or anything you love inside a baked potato. It becomes a whole meal on its own because of all the other minerals and proteins used to make the dish.

Before eating or cooking with potatoes you have to remember to wash them properly. Because they contain so much starch, it could drastically change the flavour you intended for your dishes. Soak them in water after you peel them and it will remove any unwanted starch. After that you are free to cook to your heart’s desire.

To prepare them for preparation you can spread cooking oil over the base of the pan or baking tray you will be using. This helps prevent sticking and burning and, ultimately, scrubbing those pans.

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