Delicious Potato Dishes to Make for Dinner Tonight

The potato, whether salty or sweet, is a staple food for many. The comfort carbs round out a meal and are incredibly versatile, no matter how they are cooked. Today, we’re highlighting seven recipes that will make potatoes the star dish on your dinner table.

1. Hasselback Potatoes

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Hasselback potatoes are beautiful and tasty | iStock.com

Have you ever tried your hand at Hasselback potatoes? They look a lot more complicated (and impressive) than they really are. The Swedish version of baked potatoes have a crispy outside and a creamy inside, meaning they’re the best of both carb worlds. Try this recipe from Bon Appétit and see how easy the side dish is to make. The ingredients list is short, and the prep is easy. The hardest part of the recipe is waiting for your potatoes to bake in the oven until you can eat.

Ingredients:

  • 16 small white potatoes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing
  • 32 fresh sage leaves
  • Flaky sea salt

Head to Bon Appétit for the full recipe. 

2. Lemon and Thyme Potato Gratin

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It’s tough to beat this potato gratin recipe | iStock.com

This next recipe from Martha Stewart also boasts a short ingredients list and prep time. This potato gratin is both stomach-appeasing and aesthetically pleasing, and it’s sure to be the most beautiful dish on your dinner table. The sophisticated potato plate is classified as comfort food, but it still feels refreshing and light thanks to the addition of lemon zest and thyme.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more melted for pan
  • 2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced very thinly
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 lemon, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup milk

Head to Martha Stewart for the full recipe. 

3. Duchess Potatoes

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These potatoes look fancy, but they’re surprisingly simple to make | iStock.com

Have you ever had duchess potatoes? They may be fancy, but they’re still easy to make. Anyone can pipe a potato mixture onto a baking sheet, and after this, all you do is pop the tots into the oven for 30 minutes or less. Follow this recipe from Chowhound and prepare to have some impressed guests on your hands.

Ingredients:

  • 2½ pounds russet potatoes
  • 6 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ cup finely shredded Swiss cheese, grated on the small holes of a box grater

Head to Chowhound for the full recipe. 

4. Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Chive and garlic mashed potatoes are a classic that everyone loves | iStock.com

Chive and garlic mashed potatoes, anyone? Follow this formula featured on Food Network and learn how to take your favorite carby side dish up a notch. Creamy mashed potatoes mixed with fresh thyme, garlic, and chives are impossible to resist, and when two of the seven ingredients on the list are butter and heavy cream, you know you have a recipe winner on your hands.

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, lightly crushed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Head to Food Network for the full recipe. 

5. Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Toasted Marshmallows

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Favor sweet potatoes? Try out this recipe | iStock.com

Moving on to the sweet potato game, we come to these twice-baked sweet potatoes from Food & Wine. This side dish is decadent enough to double as a dinner dish or dessert, as the potatoes are topped with toasted marshmallows and also mixed with cinnamon and maple syrup. Sweet potatoes are a superfood, and once you try one bite of this dish, you’ll never give the healthy taters the side-eye again.

Ingredients:

  • 9 sweet potatoes, about 12 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup, preferably grade B
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

Head to Food & Wine for the full recipe. 

6. Mexican Sweet Potato Skins

corn, beans, and tomato salsa

This recipe incorporates classic Mexican flavors in with the sweet potato | iStock.com

This next recipe from Pinch of Yum is a little healthier than the previous formula on our list. The dish still stars sweet potatoes, but this time they take on a Mexican flavor. Try these Mexican sweet potato skins as your main vegetarian meal or side dish, and get in your fiber, protein, healthy fats, and vitamins. This dish couldn’t be healthier or tastier, and it still only takes 1 hour to make.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 can corn, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 to 4 individual chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced or pureed
  • 1 ounce light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 6 tablespoons shredded cheese

Head to Pinch of Yum for the full recipe. 

7. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

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Lime and cilantro can enhance your sweet potatoes | iStock.com

Last but not least: roasted sweet potatoes with lime and cilantro from Real Simple. Sometimes, simplicity is best, and this food formula proves it. The side dish stars sweet potato wedges tossed and baked with olive oil, lime zest, and seasonings, and fresh chopped cilantro tops the taters off. You don’t need to be a restaurant chef to master this recipe, but you still may be surprised to see your dinner guests reaching for the potatoes over the other fancy main dishes and dressings.

Ingredients:

  • 4 sweet potatoes cut into thin wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest, plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

Head to Real Simple for the full recipe.