Today is National Potato Day, a day that gives us permission to indulge in buttery mashed potatoes, crispy french fries and spuds topped with melted cheese and bacon! Woohoo! Before we give you a few of our favorite potato recipes to try in your American Legend Kitchen, here are a few fun potato facts from the Idaho Potato Museum you might not be aware of:
1) The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.
2) Thomas Jefferson gets the credit for introducing “french fries” to America when he served them at a White House dinner.
3) In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.
Now that you are a professional on all-things-potato, here are a few suggestions for the dinner table tonight. Enjoy!
Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins: These make the perfect side dish or party appetizer. And they’re the ideal combination of creamy and spicy!
Potato Pancakes: This is our favorite potato pancake recipe because it’s both sweet and savory. It’s made with sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup and has a sour cream and maple dipping sauce.
Fried Mashed Potato Balls: If you’re looking for a new potato recipe, try these potato balls, stuffed with bacon and cheese. Yum. And you can make them on the stovetop or in an air fryer!
Korean Potatoes: Kids love these potatoes! The secret is in the mix of soy sauce and honey! Add some ground beef or turkey along with some frozen veg and there’s dinner!
Potatoes often get a bad rap in these times of low-carb dieting. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, though, the “type of carbohydrates found in potatoes should be embraced by dieters because it's so filling.” So, grab some spuds and head to your American Legend kitchen. And call us when dinner is on the table!