How many ways do you know to cook a potato? Mashed, fried, roasted, boiled - that’s four, but what about another 59 ways? Sounds impossible, but the guys at Bon Appétit have taken on the enormous task of cooking potatoes in every way imaginable, and put it all together into a single 33-minute video.
Some of these cooking methods are obvious, some are just absurd (electrocuting a potato, for example), and some will surprise you (watch around 22:27), but one thing is for sure, it's going to make you run straight out and grab some potatoes for dinner later.
What’s comforting is that there are a few ways that always just work, and you probably know them already. Cooking a delicious potato often calls for a good dose of salt and fat, as well as paying attention to keeping the moisture inside the spud. Another tip: boil your potatoes before frying for added crispiness.
Here’s the last of the spoilers, we’ve listed all the ways shown in the video in order for you:
1. Raw potato
2. Juiced potato
3. Baked potato – if time is short, why not use your microwave to bake a potato in less than 10 minutes?
4. Twice-baked potato
5. Salt baked potato
6. Roasted potato – a winter classic. Everyone should know how to make a good roast potato, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Try this recipe that pairs potatoes with chanterelles.
7. Boiled and roasted potato
8. Scalloped potatoes – creamy scalloped potatoes made with béchamel sauce are the ideal festive side dish.
9. En Papillote
10. Hasselback potato
11. Steamed potato
12. Ironed potato
13. Instant pot potato
14. 15. 16. Boiled potatoes 3 ways
17. Hand mashed potato – make your mashed potatoes even creamier with the addition of cream cheese.
18. Riced mashed potato using a ricer
19. Stand mixer mashed potato
20. Food processor mashed potato
21. Pommes puree with lots of fat
22. Duchess potato
23. Microwaved potato
24. Pocket potato
25. Pickled potato
26. Fried potato, whole
27. 28. Once fried french fries 2 ways
29. Twice fried french fries
30. Frozen french fries
31. Tater tots – they may not be haute cuisine, but this childhood classic is popular with plenty of grown-ups. Here are five tater tot casserole recipes that are hard to beat.
32. Potato chips – make your own potato chips free from all the usual flavourings and additives. Salt, rosemary and ketchup are all you need.
33. Pommes soufflé – impress your dinner guests with these potato and herb soufflés that are as light as air.
34. Pan fried smashed potato
35. Home fries 1.0
36. Home fries 2.0
37. Hash browns – this hash brown potato casserole recipe is the ultimate brunch dish.
38. Pommes anna potato – a classic French dish made with potatoes and butter, an elegant side for any meal.
39. Stir fry potato
40. Dehydrated potato
41. George Foreman potato
42. Waffle iron potato
43. Rotisserie potato
44. Sous-vide potato
45. Dishwasher potato
46. Rollie potato
47. Slow cooker potato
48. Air-fried potato – ever wanted to know the science behind french fries? It’s all about the temperature of the oil apparently.
49. Air-fried french fries
50. 51. 52. 53. Grilled potato 4 ways
54. Potato on a stick
55. 56. 57. Coal roasted potato 3 ways
58. Cast iron cooker potato
59. Smoked potato
60. Blowtorched potato
61. Car engine cooked potato
62. Electrocuted potato
63. Electrocuted (pickled) potato
If you’ve decided on your favourites and are looking for some new recipes to try, check out this one for classic Swedish hasselback potatoes. Steak and new potatoes make the perfect couple, especially with the addition of a dollop of herby quark at a barbecue. Tuna and new potatoes with a touch of lemon juice, plenty of herbs and salty capers offer a real taste of summer at any time of year.