I will never forget the first time I hosted a Football Game Day Party. My husband and I just purchased our first house and I was eager to show it off to my friends. More importantly, I wanted an excuse to make all things delicious and stuff my face—because that is what football games are really about right?!
Anyways, I remember I made Loaded Potato Skins, Cheesy Pizza Bread, Pigs in a Pretzel Blanket, and my Taco Dip. It turns out there was a snow storm and my husband and I were left alone to nosh on the food ourselves. Secretly, I was happy.
Funny thing is that looking back on that night, I still remember how good those potato skins tasted. Perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside and the perfect vessel for bacon and cheese and a few chives for good measure. I mean really, who can resist a good Idaho® potato?
Idaho® potatoes NEVER disappoint and have always been a go-to in my house. From the perfect fluffy baked potato for an in-home date night, to the base of a family casserole, to loaded potato skins, they always turn out perfect.
What is it that makes Idaho® potatoes stand out from the rest?
- Idaho® potatoes have less moisture content so they bake or mash up fluffier and have more true potato flavor.
- Idaho® potatoes are grown year-round, ensuring you can find consistent quality year-round.
- Idaho® potatoes have no price premium—which means they cost less than most other potatoes and therefore leave YOU with money in the bank.
- Let’s not forget that Idaho® potatoes are NUTRITIOUS! They are naturally gluten-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in fiber and contain 45% of daily vitamin C needs and more potassium than a banana.
And I bet when you think of Idaho® potatoes you think of russet potatoes? Idaho® potatoes are also available in red, fingerling and golden varieties too.
In fact, Idaho® Red potatoes are the perfect base for my Buffalo Smashed Potatoes.
Tender, yet crispy Idaho® Red potatoes are perfectly steamed then smashed and baked with Buffalo Sauce until they are crispy and browned. Then to cool off the heat, a thick ranch dip is served on the side for your dipping pleasure.
I started this recipe with a bag of Idaho® Red Potatoes that were ready to be steamed in the microwave—almost TOO easy! Of course you can start by boiling the potatoes until fork tender as well.
Then toss with some buffalo sauce and finish browning to perfection in the oven.
- 1 16 ounce bag of Idaho Red Potatoes
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon Red Hot Sauce + ½ tablespoon additional
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Either steam red potatoes in bag according to package instructions or boil for 10-15 minutes, or until fork tender, but not falling apart.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Toss cooked potatoes with oil, 1 tablespoon red hot sauce, and kosher salt. Place on cookie sheet, and using a glass or can, lightly push down on potato until it is smashed (but still in-tact).
- Roast for 20 minutes, flip, and drizzle remaning hot sauce over potatoes.
- Roast for additional 10-15 minutes, or until crispy and golden.
- Serve with ranch dressing.
Best served with a homemade ranch dressing.
- ½ cup plain non-fat yogurt
- 2 Tbs milk
- 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons homemade ranch seasoning mix
- Combine ingredients and for best flavor, refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Will last for up to a week in fridge. Feel free to use Greek yogurt as well, but may need to add 1 Tbs more milk and 1 tsp more lemon juice to thin out.
And TODAY there is a GIVEAWAY for 10 pounds of Idaho Potatoes and a Copy of the Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked – Fried Too! Cookbook. “A celebration of potatoes in 75 irresistible recipes.” The winner will be selected during the Sunday Supper facebook live on 1/29/17 at 4pm. Family Foodie will be making some delicious Potato Chorizo Bites!
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For more Big Game Spud-tacular (oh I know I am corny!) Idaho® potato Recipes, check these out my friends from Sunday Supper:
- Cajun Taters & Sausage by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Cheesy Bacon Potato Bite-Sized Snacks by Life Tastes Good
- Fingerling Potato Bacon Flatbread by Family Foodie
- Potato Football Candy by Shockingly Delicious
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Potato “Wings” by Food Done Light
- Healthier Mashed Potato Bowls by Cooking Chat
- Persian Lamb Stuffed Potato Cakes by Caroline’s Cooking
- Potato Salad Tortilla Bowls by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pulled Pork Potato Skins by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Steak and Potato Pizza by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Buffalo Smashed Potatoes by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Cheesy Sausage Stuffed Red Potatoes by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Cuban Garlic Mojo Potato Salad by Go Epicurista
- Tempura Cheesy Potato Balls by Cricket’s Confections
- Best Potato Wedges by Moore or Less Cooking
- Buffalo Blue Cheese Potato Bites by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Loaded Curly Fries with Gouda Cheese Sauce by Casa de Crews
- Potato and Chive Mini Waffles by My Life Cookbook
- Potato Blue Cheese Tartlets by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Potato Nacho Stacks by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Bacon Parmesan Potato Pavé Squares by Sunday Supper Movement
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