What to Make with Every Type of Potato

From red to russet, learn how to use up every type of potato you find at the store.

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Yukon Gold Potato

Large and in charge, Yukon Gold potatoes always pack a punch into any dish you serve. Their rich and buttery taste melts right in your mouth.

With a waxy and firm texture, Yukon Gold’s superpower is their ability to hold shape in soups and stews like this creamy potato soup or a hearty Irish beef stew. They’re also perfect for potato salads and served scalloped style.

Strike gold with these Yukon Gold potato recipes.

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Red Potato

Red potatoes are a great choice to pair as a side with your favorite dishes. Bake ’em up alongside pan-roasted veggies and chicken, grill em’ on skewers with steak or let them shine in smashed potato form. Either way, you’ll be savoring each and every bite.

Though they differ in size, red potatoes and Yukon Golds are more similar than you think. Both are the same potato type: waxy. Like the Yukons, we recommend throwing red potatoes into soups and stews, too.

Relish in the savory flavors of these red potato recipes.

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Russet Potato

Russet potatoes, otherwise known as Idaho or baking potatoes, are one of the most loved potato types. This American classic is one of the most versatile potatoes, too. Russets can be baked, fried, mashed, or prepared as potato pancakes. Russet’s only limitation? Soups and stews. Leave that for the Yukon Golds and reds.

Psst! Russets are ideal for any of these baked potato recipes, too. And if baked potatoes are your thing, also try Ina Garten’s baked potatoes and her delightful potato salad.

Rave about these classic russet potato recipes.

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Fingerling Potato

Known for their unique shape, fingerlings always add a peak of visual interest to any dish you serve. Their shape is long and stubby, just like (you guessed it), a finger. The crazy part is, their small size is the way they grow naturally at full harvest. Who couldn’t love these little guys?

Because of their small shape and delicate skin, fingerlings are fantastic to roast as a side dish like these rosemary roasted fingerlings or tossing into a potato salad like this Italian potato salad recipe.

Feast on these fingerling recipes.

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Sweet Potato

Just as the name implies, sweet potatoes can satisfy any sweet tooth (including mine). Try something new like a sweet potato doughnut or if you’re feeling nostalgic, whip up a classic sweet potato pie. If your tastebuds love everything savory, no worries. Sweet potatoes add a twist to dishes like these garlic hasselback sweet potatoes or this roasted sweet potato and chickpea pita.

Next: try your hand at sweet potato casserole, a perfect side for the holidays.

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Christina Herbst
Christina is a Social Media Editor for Taste of Home. She enjoys trying out local restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on. In her free time, you can find her hunting down one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at thrift and vintage stores and DIYing trendy home decor crafts.