Favorite Family Potato Recipes

These potato recipes will satisfy the heartiest appetite at your dinner table.

They will work with store bought potatoes, of course, but they are even better if you have grown them yourself!

Advice of harvesting potatoes from Old Farmer's AlmanacDig up gently, being careful not to puncture the tubers. The soil should not be compact, so digging should be easy. New potatoes will be ready for harvest after 10 weeks, usually in early July. You should harvest all of your potatoes once the vines die (usually by late August), or the potatoes will rot..

Tony's Water Potato Recipe

This was my late husband's potato recipe. Growing up in Arkansas, his family always had potatoes and onions, but often did not have fat in which to fry them. This is surprisingly good.

In a heavy skillet, slice peeled or unpeeled potatoes. Salt generously. Add black pepper to taste. Slice one or two large onions on top of the potatoes (the more, the better). Cover with water. Cook until potatoes and onions are soft.

Brett's Boy Scout Potatoes

Slice several potatoes, one for each serving. Slice onions into rings. On each of squares of aluminum foil layer the potato and onion rings. Salt and pepper to taste. Add a generous blob of butter to each. Fold the aluminum foil over the potatoes and turn under at the top. Make sure the foil forms a leak-proof packet. The boy scouts cooked these outdoors imbedded in charcoal on a grill. Cook for about an hour or until potatoes are tender. May be cooked in the oven in a 9X13 pan.

A hamburger pattie can be added to each before cooking for a complete meal.

Mother's Potato Salad

I don't know the measurement to these ingredients. Mom just added stuff until it was to her liking. Use the measurements I give or decide if you need to change the amounts in this potato recipe.

Boil 6 large, peeled potatoes or 12 small ones until soft. Mash by hand or food processer. Hard boil 6 eggs. Chop 5 of the eggs and add to mashed potatoes. Add ¼ cup dill pickle relish, ½ cup mayonnaise, and enough yellow mustard to turn the whole dish yellow. Slice the remaining eggs and garnish top.

Granny's Potato Soup

This potato recipe is easy because you do the mixing in a blender.

2 cups milk

2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 teaspoon salt

½ inch slice onion

2 tablespoons bacon fat

2 slices bacon, fried crisp

1 stalk celery, cut in 2-inch pieces

Put all ingredients in blender in order listed; cover and run of low speed until vegetables and bacon are chopped. Pour in saucepan, simmer over low heat 30 minutes. Serves 3-4

Microwave Boiled Parsley Potatoes

Again, an easy potato recipe because you do it in a microwave. No heating up the kitchen!

6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and quartered

½ teaspoon salt

¼ cup butter or margerine

¼ cup finely chopped parsley

Place potatoes in water to cover in deep, 2-quart microwave-safe dish. Add salt and microwave 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain. Add butter and parsley. Heat uncovered in microwave for 2 minutes. Toss to combine thoroughly.  6 servings

Potato Patties

A good way to use up left-over mashed potatoes.

4 cups seasoned mashed potatoes

1 large egg, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon minced onion

1 tablespoon chopped green pepper

2 tablespoons oil

Combine all ingredients except oil; mix well. Shape into 6 patties. Brown well in oil, about a 4 minutes on each side.

Microwave Dutch Potatoes

6 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes

Hot water

2 teaspoons salt, divided

1 egg, slightly beaten

¼ cup milk or light cream

4 tablespoons butter or margerine, softened

¼ teaspoon pepper


In a deep, 2-quart, microwave-safe dish place the potatoes and hot water to cover. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Heat, uncovered, in microwave for 12 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.

Partially mash potatoes with a potato masher. Add egg, milk, butter or margarine, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Beat with electric mixer until smooth. Place in glass casserole and sprinkle with paprika. Heat uncovered in microwave for 4 minutes.

4-6 servings

Microwave Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin

4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

1 cup milk, scalded

2 tablespoons butter or margerine


Arrange ½ of the potatoes in the bottom of a shallow, 1 ½ quart microwave-safe baking dish. Combine flour and salt in a small bowl and sprinkle ½ of the mixture over the potatoes. Sprinkle half of the cheese over potatoes. Repeat with remaining potatoes, flour mixture, and cheese. Pour scalded milk over the last cheese layer. Dot with butter and sprinkle with paprika. Heat, uncovered, in microwave 12-14 minutes or until potatoes are tender and cheese is melted. Serves 4

Potato Pancakes

¼ c milk

2 eggs

3 cups dices raw potatoes

1 small onion quartered

3 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

Put all ingredients into blender in order listed; cover and pulse on high just until all potatoes go through blades, about 10 seconds. (Do not overblend!)

Pour small amounts onto a hot greased griddle or skillet. Fry until brown on both sidesj, turning once. Good with applesauce.

Makes 18 pancakes

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