The popularity of potatoes will never fade and we will probably never stop going on about them. There is just so much to love. Their all-year availability and versatility are their superpowers. Plus, they are satisfying no matter how you have them – whether boiled, fried, roasted, baked or mashed.
Potatoes shine as a side or main dish. They can be enjoyed hot or cold. The recipes included below explore these points in more detail, proving why potatoes are the best all-year-round meal.
1. The perfect side dish
Potatoes can elevate any meal for any occasion as a side, from easy stuffed potato skins to this creamy mushroom and potato bake that can also pass as a vegetarian main course. And, of course, the classic golden potato wedges go well with a meaty dish. For convenience, try McCain Original Wedges or McCain Spicy Wedges for a bit of spice.
2. The main hero
Cottage pie and mashed potatoes are all-year classics known for their comfort. We love this potato curry that is a flavoursome vegetarian dish. Gnocchi is always best served creamy, but there are options to add meaty variations like fish, chorizo or sausage.
3. Best served hot or cold
Aside from the traditional potato salad with mayonnaise, there are plenty of ways to play with potato-based salads. This biltong and braaied potato salad may be the best braai accompaniment you’ll ever have, and it’s super simple to throw together using McCain Diced Potato cooked from frozen. Also perfect for warmer weather is this delicious spinach and sweet potato salad. Sweet potatoes are also a popular comfort food among the bapedi people – it’s common to have boiled or fried sweet potatoes for breakfast with tea as an alternative to bread. These can be enjoyed hot or cold.
4. Your casual dining partner
When it comes to casual dining, fries or chips are your go-to meal accompaniment. Luckily, fuss-free cooking is McCain’s forte. Go for the classic fish and chips or customise your sweet potato fries gatsby with McCain Sweet Potato fries. Or, better yet, go for McCain Slap Chips as your base ingredient for your next homemade kota.