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New Potatoes 101

Everyday Food, Volume 21 April 2005

These young members of the potato family are among the most adaptable. Try them roasted with herbs or in potato salads and soups.

What Are New Potatoes?
Any variety of potato that is harvested early is considered a new potato. New potatoes are in season in spring and early summer. Since they are picked before their sugars have converted to starch, new potatoes are crisp and waxy and high in moisture. They also have thin skins, making them great for cooking and eating unpeeled.

Buying and Storing
New potatoes should be firm, smooth, and free of cracks or soft brown spots. Choose potatoes of similar size so they cook evenly. Potatoes should not be refrigerated; keep them in a cool, dark place, and use within a week or so of buying.

How to Use in Cooking
The waxy flesh helps new potatoes hold their shape when cooked (they should be tender when pierced with the tip of a knife), which is ideal for soups and potato salads. If potatoes are to be cooked in their skins, rinse under cool water, scrub with a vegetable brush, and cut away any greenish parts (caused by overexposure to light) or any eyes.

Our Favorite New Potato Recipes

Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

This recipe uses just five ingredients -- pnew potatoes, horseradish, salt, milk, and butter -- to produce a rich, spicy side dish to accompany meat or fish. Make it in a 5-quart saucepan, first boiling potatoes and then bringing milk to a simmer and mashing the ingedients all together.


Warm German Potato Salad

This recipe from Everyday Food uses Dijon mustard and white-wine vinegar for a kick. It also introduces a salty richness with the addition of bacon. This recipe requires starting with a saucepan and transferring the contents to a skillet. It should be served warm.


Balsamic Glazed Potatoes

The bold taste of balsamic vinegar cooks down with broth to create a delectable glaze in this recipe.


Roasted Potatoes with Ricotta

Like your potatoes mixed with cheese? This recipe goes well with pork chops and sliced tomatoes.


Augula with Roasted Salmon and New Potatoes

If you're looking for a healthy yet oh-do satisfying meal, look no further than this fish, greens, and potato combination from Everyday Food.


Warm Green Bean and Potato Salad

Served either warm or at room temperature, this refreshing side is a palate-pleaser.


New Potatoes with Ginger and Mint

If you're looking for an exotic way to prepare your new potatoes, look no further. This Indian-inspired dish has the unexpected twist you're looking for. 


Pouch-Grilled Potatoes and Garlic

No cleanup required here! Just cook new potatoes wth garlic, cilantro, and other ingredients in a pouch of foil, and keep it all contained.


French Potato Salad 

Georgian home cook Louise Brescia of Atlanta shares an herbed potato salad that's great with burgers and barbecue.


Roast Beef with New Potatoes and Shallots

For all all-on-one meal for the meat-and-potatoes person in your life, this hearty, wholesome meal is just the thing.


Roasted Calamari with Garlic, New Potatoes, and Chickpeas

Calamari lend sophistication to robust ingredients like new potatoes and garlic.

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