Need help choosing the right potato for a recipe? Which potato works best for which recipes is a question I often get at workshops or via email. On the other hand, I also get a lot of comments about whether it really matters which potato you use.
Yes, you can actually use any kind of potato for any potato recipe. In fact, that’s what we did as I was growing up – we used whatever potato was in the root cellar. However, you will not get the best results possible. For example, you could use a russet potato for potato salad – but the potatoes will end up crumbly and mushy instead of remaining as distinct potato cubes. You could use red potatoes for baked potatoes, but they won’t have the same crispy skin and soft interior as a russet. When possible, there are benefits of using certain potatoes for certain dishes.
To help you make the most of your potato dishes, here’s a chart for choosing the right potato.
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