Get inspired with this list of delicious and easy Italian potato recipes that you can make right in your own home.
You may not consider potatoes as a common ingredient in Italian cooking, but in fact, we Italians do cook frequently with potatoes. The following list is some of my Italian recipes that use potatoes either as the primary ingredient or as part of a larger dish.
Italian Potato Recipes
What Type of Potatoes to Use
The type of potato can have an impact on the outcome of the recipe you are using. For example, russet potatoes which are often used for mashed potatoes are great for soups where you want to add a slightly thicker consistency. That’s because they are higher in starch and starchy potatoes will often break down easier.
If you want your potatoes to hold their shape in soups or other recipes, then choose red or waxy potatoes.
What Goes with Potato Recipes?
When cooking potato recipes, it’s important to consider what other recipes you can serve with the potato dish. Here are some ideas for other dishes you can serve with potatoes.
- Meats. I love cooking up potatoes when I’m serving meat as the primary dish, such as chicken or beef. I like making mashed potatoes for beef recipes, and baked potatoes for chicken recipes. There is no wrong or right way, so feel free to do what you like the best.
- Vegetables. Cook up some fresh vegetables such as grilled or roasted vegetables to serve with your potatoes. Potatoes go well with stews and casseroles as well.
- Seafood. Another great food item to serve your Italian potatoes with is seafood. Sauteed shrimp in a garlic and white wine sauce would go wonderfully with your Italian roasted potatoes!
Common Italian Seasonings used in Potatoes
I think nearly every culture uses potatoes in their cooking. But it’s the seasonings used that really define the type of cuisine. For Italian cooking these are the most commonly used herbs.
Garlic. I like to use fresh garlic, but powdered garlic can work as well.
Parsley. I prefer Italian parsley vs curly, but either can work. Chop the parsley up fine, along with the stems and use them for baking.
Rosemary. Rosemary is a great herb used in Italian cooking from focaccia to potatoes to zucchini. The best way to use rosemary is with the fresh leaves. You can buy them in the grocery store in the fresh produce section. Be careful however because their shelf life is very short and if you don’t use them within just a few days they go bad.
How to Properly Store Potatoes
When properly stored, potatoes can last many weeks. Here are some tips for how to store your fresh potatoes so you can enjoy them in many recipes.
Store them in a dry area where there is low humidity. The moisture can cause them to prematurely sprout and age. What I like to do after buying a bag of potatoes is to empty it into a bin so they aren’t kept in a plastic bag where moisture can accumulate.
Store potatoes separately from onions. Both of these vegetables release gasses that can cause them to ripen faster. I keep potatoes and onions on different racks in my kitchen, not intermingled with each other.
Keep potatoes in a dark area with ventilation. Do the best you can with the space you have. Avoid keeping the potatoes constantly exposed to light. If you can store them in a pantry then that is most ideal. If not, try to keep them under a cabinet/cupboard in a corner to avoid direct exposure to light.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about various Italian potato recipes, and helpful tips to keep them from spoiling before their time!