Potatoes are cheap stuff - you can buy a huge bag bigger than your average 3 year old for just £1 at the market! And they may look boring, all brown and round - whoop-de-doo - but they are secretly not. To prove it here are lots of different potato recipes:
Prick and microwave for 7 minutes or rub with oil and cook at gas mark 6 for an hour. Top with beans, chilli, prawns, tuna + sweetcorn, curry, egg mayo, cheese, coleslaw, ham + pineapple, ratatouille, cottage cheese, minced beef and onion, bacon, combinations of these or anything you like!
Peel, cut to size, boil for 10 minutes, drain, shake them about in a lidded saucepan to rough them up, chuck them in a roasting tin and drizzle with oil and herbs. Cook at gas mark 6 for an hour, turning 3 times.
Boil until just cooked, cut into little chunks, fry in a saucepan until they're browned and season with salt and pepper - nice with eggs!
Make jackets but then cut in half and scoop out most of the potato. Sprinkle cheese, bits of ham, chives, whatever you want over the skins and grill for a few minutes to make it nice and melty. Cut in halves again. Make a dip if you like dipping.
Cut into chunky strips, pat dry with kitchen towel, oven cook for half an hour, turning once, then shallow or deep fry until done.
Cut the potatoes into quarters (lengthways) and season with salt, pepper, garlic or chilli powder depending on what you like. Oven cook for about 45 minutes.
Peel and boil potatoes until soft. Drain, add a slash of milk, a knob of butter and get your masher out! Mash in the saucepan over medium heat adding more milk if you need it.
I've haven't tried this yet but Cat Morley has a recipe at CutOutAndKeep that looks easy enough.
Mashed potato pancakes
Get your leftover mash and squash it into burger shapes. Lightly cover with flour then brown each side in a frying pan. Keep them small. Good with cooked breakfast.
Peel and grate potatoes and dry as much as you can with kitchen towels. Mix with chopped onion, salt and pepper. Add the mix to a hot oiled frying pan and press down flat with a spatula. When the bottom is cooked cut it into 4 sections and turn to cook the other sides.
Make mashed potatoes into log shapes, roll eash one lightly in flour then in beaten egg with a splash of water. Then roll in breadcrumbs or cracker crumbs and bake in the oven, turning occasionally until cooked.
This genius recipe is done in the microwave, takes less than 10 minutes and only uses one bowl! Courtesy of The Amazing Aaron.
Pretty impressive what you can do with a boring old spud, right? Feel free to add your own ideas in the comments.