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Old 11-29-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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Potatoes (Cooking)

I found the following at Cook's Thesaurus: Potatoes do you guys agree with this?

Best for baking: russet potato

Best for potato salads, gratins, and scalloped potatoes: Yellow Finn potato, new potato, red-skinned potato, white round potato, and purple potato

Best for mashing: russet potato, Yukon gold potato, Caribe potato, and purple potato

Best for soups and chowders: Yukon gold potato, Yellow Finn potato, red-skinned potato, white round potato, and purple potato

Best for pan-frying: red-skinned potatoes, white round potatoes, new potatoes, and fingerling potatoes

Best for French fries: russet potato, purple potato, Bintje potato

Best for purees: fingerling potatoes

Best for roasting: new potatoes, Bintje potatoes

Best for steaming: new potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes

Best for potato pancakes: russet potato, Yukon Gold potato


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Old 11-29-2008, 12:04 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with all the varieties but those I recognize sound right.

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Old 11-29-2008, 12:26 PM   #3
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The only thing I'd disagree with is that Yukon Gold is considered a waxy potato, & via personal experience, it works fabulously in salads/gratins, etc. Also in pan-frying. And also in roasting.

This seems more like a personal preference accounting than anything else.
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:25 AM   #4
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Im also going to go with that red bliss potatoes doe well in mashing.

I do make my mash with yukon gold, russert and red bliss
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:57 PM   #5
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I use red-skinned potatoes for everything, from frying, mashing, gratins, salads, soup, potato pancakes, etc. I only buy russet if I'm baking them but I have been known to bake the reds also.

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