9 Recipes to Use Up That 5lb Potato Bag

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Whether your kitchen is stocked with russet, red, sweet, purple, Yukon Golds, or another favorite spud, you’ll find something tasty in this guide to make the most of your potatoes at home!

Grown practically everywhere around the world, with over 5,000 varieties, potatoes are a lovable food in so many households – not to mention – America’s favorite vegetable. Yes, they count! Potatoes are commonly sold in bulk packaging of 5 or even 10-pound bags. Often, these larger quantities are more affordable and harder to resist. While we don’t always recommend buying in bulk, potatoes are famously known for having a long shelf life and with correct storage conditions, they can last up to a month! There’s no need to worry about finishing that budget-friendly bag sitting in your kitchen. We have you covered with creamy soups, vegetarian salads, easy side dishes, and entrées sure to impress.

Potatoes are one of those special foods that can be prepared in endless ways. Steamed, smashed, pureed, roasted, fried. You name it, the potato can do it! It’s fun to experiment with various textures and styles while using up the same package. Whether you have russet, red, sweet, purple, Yukon Golds, or another favorite spud, you’ll find something tasty in this guide to make the most of your potatoes at home.

Soup season is every season in our opinion

Creamy Leek & Smoked Salmon Soup – Our fancy favorite, without any fussy preparation! The smoked salmon is the perfect protein compliment to this classic potato soup.

Red Lentil & Sweet Potato Curry – Grated sweet potato creates a wonderful, thickened texture in this mild curry. The nutritional value in this dish only enhances the experience. Add some of your favorite spices to make it your own!

Salads that will make you think twice about being salads...in the best way

Balsamic Sweet Potato & Pecan Salad – The flavor profile in this salad is no joke! Richly complex, tangy, and sweet. It’s hard to not salivate when reading through this 6-step recipe for an upscale vegetable masterpiece.

Summertime Potato Salad – While some potato salads can be overly creamy and hide the star of the show, this hearty dish is areal homage to the vegetable. The fresh garnishes truly bring this salad to life. In under 30 minutes you’ll never reach for the store-bought stuff again!

Lovable side-dishes...leftovers have no place here

Smashed Potatoes – 3 words: CRISPY...SMASHED...POTATOES. Need we say more?! We love a potato recipe that doesn’t require a peeler. All it takes is a short boil, a fun game of “smash-it”, and a quick oven bake. The tangy feta-yogurt sauce makes one of the best hot-cold contrasts we’ve ever had. Get smashing! You won’t regret it!

Creamy Potato Gratin – Could we really present you a potato guide without this decadent culinary sensation? Potatoes au Gratin recipes date back as early as the 1700s...our ancestors knew what they were doing! The ultimate comfort dish might take the longest time to prepare on this list, but we promise the hardest part is watching the scalloped potatoes crisp and brown around the top. A true crowd pleaser at the dinner table.

Satisfying entrees with a savory mash

Scallops & Mashed Broccoli-Potatoes – You’ll love our clever approach to adding some green onto the plate. Broccoli is mashed with the potatoes to create an elegant bed for seared scallops. We all deserve a dish this pleasing to the eye and palate.

Beef Tenderloin and Potato Purée – “Meat and Potatoes” The expression might mean basic or simple, however the flavor in this savory meal is anything but. In 25 minutes, you’ll be considering a career change to the kitchen, as you dive into your work of art.


Homemade Gnocchi – We must admit to loving every suggestion for getting through your potato bag on this list.However, gnocchi wins the “fun” superlative. Once you try our simple recipe for homemade gnocchi, you’ll never let a potato go to waste again. Potatoes, flour, and eggs are all you need. We suggest a brown butter sauce but choose anything you love to top these fluffy potato pillows!

Interested in putting your homemade gnocchi to the test? Try subbing the store bought ones with your own in another Jow gnocchi favorite!

...Po-tay-to or Po-tah-to – we’ll let you decide ☺

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