Inspired by the recent sale of a simple photo of an unscrubbed Irish potato which went for $1 million dollars our nostalgic thoughts turned to the potato as an ingredient of many facets.
Mashed, roasted, fried, baked or boiled there isn't much you can't do with the humble potato in the kitchen. Whether you're going for a spud side or want the tuber to hog the limelight there are any number of easy potato recipes to try out.
We've selected seven of our favourites to show the versatility of the potato from light and fluffy potato pancakes to Thai curry and chips.
So next time you stare at that sack of potatoes lurking in the pantry, here are the best easy potato recipes to get you started.
When it comes to peeling, have a look at our considered arguments for whether it's easier to peel a potato before or after cooking.
Oven roasted potatoes are given a flavour boost with pan fried chanterelle mushrooms.
Not sure what to do with your leftover mash? Here's the perfect solution. Make them into delicous light pancakes and eat them for breakfast.
Take the humble potato up a notch with Chef Roland Trettl's creamed potato recipe with fine aromatic herbs and sauteed shrimps is a feast of flavours you just can't miss.
A tasty cheesecake recipe with a twist: try this cake made with cheese and potatoes, an easy dish perfect for a Sunday brunch.
What could be more comforting than a potato curry? A vegetarian Thai curry with creamy potatoes, onions, lemon grass, and the curry ingredients such as coconut milk and chillies
Naturally we couldn't talk about potatoes and miss out on chips.
Potatoes also make great party food. Simple, filling and irresistable.