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Just as many associate America with its famous burger, Ireland is the go-to country for potatoes. Photo by: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

Celebrate National Potato Day with these ten potato recipes with a twist

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Just as many associate America with its famous burger, Ireland is the go-to country for potatoes. Photo by: Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland

7. Corned beef hash:


Although the meaning of the word “corned beef” changes depending on the culture and cuisine that is being referred to, in Ireland, it refers to tinned, finely minced corned beef in a tiny amount of gelatin. It has been a  staple of the Irish diet going back to the 12th century, when it was considered to be a delicacy. Today, it’s traditionally eaten as a breakfast food, served with fried eggs and potatoes.

8. Simple fried potatoes:


For something a bit simpler, simple fried potatoes are an easy go-to way for cooking delicious potatoes.

According to Cooks.com, a quick and easy recipe is to wash, drain, and dice (or cut to any size you want) around five potatoes. Add a cup of bacon grease to a skillet, and add the potatoes when the skillet gets hot. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 15 minutes. Then,  add one large, diced onion, cook for 10 more minutes, and then remove the cover and cook for the last 5 to avoid sogginess. If you don’t want to use bacon grease, you can also use olive oil, but the grease adds in a lot of flavor.

9. Potato and apple pudding:


This recipe traditionally calls for cider, milk, apples, four hot mashed potatoes, sugar, butter, lemon, and cloves, and is served with cream or custard. Add some nutmeg or cinnamon if you want to add a bit of a kick to the pudding. If you want to add a twist to this traditional recipe, you can also substitute the potatoes with sweet potatoes instead.

10. Irish potato candy recipe:


Finally, a recipe with “potato” in the title that doesn’t actually contain any starch at all! If you want a real twist on any potato dish, or you just want to trick your guests, try making these! They’re actually not of Irish origin at all. In fact, they originated in Philadelphia over 100 years ago. They’re traditionally made with a coconut cream on the inside, which is made with sugar, vanilla, and cream cheese. It’s just when they’re rolled in cinnamon do they begin to resemble real potatoes!

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