20 Global Potato Dishes: How to Cook Potatoes Around the World. From Roasted, Boiled & Chips to Tartiflette & Aloo Tikki. Read More Here.

Despite its prominent role in British cuisine today, many gardeners might be surprised to learn that the potato wasn’t always a staple on their plates. And many don’t know the numerous ways How to Cook Potatoes. Arriving in Britain around 1500, potatoes were initially grown for their ornamental value and were thought to be poisonous!

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We all now know parts of the potato are poisonous but the tuber has now become a global favourite with over 374,000,000 metric tonnes being grown globally.

Thankfully, the British eventually soon embraced the potato’s culinary potential. Today, the UK boasts a wide variety of potato varieties and cooking methods, reflecting the spud’s global significance as a key ingredient in countless cuisines. And internationally there are hundreds of potato recipes.

The Biggest Potato Producing Countries

Many gardeners will be surprised to know that the biggest producer of potatoes is the country we are more likely to associate with rice .. China. The second biggest producer is India. The UK comes well down the list but probably has some of the most advanced growing systems.

Where else produces huge amounts of potatoes?

Next comes the Ukraine with the UK at position 15 with a mere 5.3 million tons annual production. For more details of global production follow this link .. https://www.potatonewstoday.com/2023/01/21/global-potato-statistics-latest-fao-data-published/

How Are Potatoes Cooked And Eaten?

A World of Potato Perfection: International Potato Cooking Techniques

So, how exactly can potatoes be cooked? Here’s a glimpse into the diverse ways to cook this versatile veg.

  • Boiling: This classic method provides a perfect base for a variety of dishes. Boiled potatoes can be mashed to eat as is, or transformed into creamy colcannon (a traditional Irish dish with kale), spiced up for an Indian favourite such as Saag Aloo or even used in potato salad.
  • New potatoes: new pots go far beyond simple boiling and bring home produced early spuds, Jersey Royals and, historically, Branscombe Plat Potatoes to the fore.
  • Roasting: Roasting brings out the potato’s natural sweetness and creates a crispy exterior. Perfect for a comforting side dish like rosemary roasted potatoes or a vegetarian main course like stuffed potato skins. My favourite way is to roast them in duck fat.
  • Frying: This category is where things get interesting – and potentially confusing – thanks to the linguistic variations across continents. Here’s a breakdown:
    • Chips (UK): Thicker-cut fried potatoes, perfect with fish and chips.
    • Crisps (UK): Thinly sliced and fried potatoes, also known as potato chips in American English.
    • French Fries (US): Long, thin, deep-fried potato strips.
    • Frites (French): Similar to French fries, but may be twice-fried for extra crispness.
    • Potato Wedges (International): Thick potato wedges, seasoned and baked or fried, offering a fun alternative to fries. I like to flavour mine with a tandoori mix. Mmmm
    • Latkes (Jewish): Potato pancakes made from grated or shredded potatoes, often served with applesauce or sour cream.
    • Buñuelos (Spanish/Latin American): Fritters made from mashed potatoes, often flavoured with cheese or herbs.
  • Sautéing: This quick cooking method results in tender, flavourful potato pieces, ideal for breakfast hash or a colourful addition to stir-fries. Explore options like Bombay potatoes with a fragrant curry flavour or simply pan-fried potatoes with garlic and herbs.
  • Duchess potatoes: Creamy, piped potatoes finished in the oven.

Beyond the Basics

The list doesn’t end there! Explore the world of potato cooking and discover other delicious options:

  • Sautéed Potatoes (French): Similar to American hash browns, but often cooked with onions and herbs.
  • Pommes de Terre Sautées (French): Literally “fried potatoes,” these are pan-fried with butter or oil for a simple yet satisfying side dish.
  • Jacket Potatoes (UK): Whole potatoes baked in their skins, often served with various fillings like cheese and beans, chili, or pulled pork.
  • Rösti (Switzerland): A delightfully crispy potato “pancake” made from grated potatoes. I’ve eaten this so many times in the Alps. It’s wonderful and a dish I love cooking at homes. The secret is to squeeze the surplus moisture out of th grated potatoes before cooking.
  • Gnocchi (Italian): Light and pillowy dumplings made from mashed potatoes and flour, often served with tomato sauce or pesto. Loved by many .. but I’ve never been a convert to gnocchi.
  • Duchesse Potatoes (French): Rich and creamy piped potato puffs, perfect for an elegant presentation.
  • Scalloped Potatoes (International): Thinly sliced potatoes layered in a creamy sauce and baked until golden brown.
  • Aloo Tikki (India): Spiced potato patties, a popular street food snack.
  • Tartiflette (French): One of my favourites where boll potatoes, bacon, cheese and onions are layered in a casserole dish and cooked in the oven.
  • Triple Cooked Chips: large chunky chips that have been boiled, dried to form a slight skin, chilled, deep fried at a low temperature, cooled again and then deep fried at a high temperature to give them colour. They can be refrigerated or frozen between the firs and second deep frying. I sometimes cook from frozen if in a hurry .. just like oven chips … but the flavour is far superior to any oven chip!
  • Then there’s Tortilla , Hash browns, Hassleback, Soup, Kartofflesalat,

And let’s not forget … Boxty (Irish Potato Pancake), Cooked in Earth Attica Potato, Finnish Boiled Potatoes, Fondant Potatoes, German Pickert Pancake, German Potato Cheese (Kartoffelkas), Korean Potato Skewers, Potato Gratin Dauphinois, Potato Lasagne, Spätzle (German)

And for good measure let’s also think about some of the classic French potato dishes I was taught.

That’s far more than 20 potato cooking methods and I haven’t mentioned dried potatoes for mash .. and many other wonderful potato recipes. But delve into any cookbook from around the world, and you’ll find many other examples of the versatility of the potato. Enjoy!

PS. There are plenty of potato growing articles on the site. Here’s one of potato types

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