Irish people love their spuds, so it's no wonder that we have a whole day each year to celebrate them! Today, October 4th is National Potato Day so we thought we'd share some of our favourite recipes.
Potatoes were introduced to Ireland in the mid-16th century and since then, the whole nation made potatoes a staple of their diet. A very nutritious food, they are popular due to their versatility and cheap price.
To celebrate National Potato Day, Bord Bia is running a competition to encourage consumers to #LikeShareCook their favourite potato recipe to be in with a chance to win one of a range of €250 shopping vouchers. To enter people must create their favourite potato-based recipe; share a picture of it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #NationalPotatoDay and tagging @bordbia.
If, like us, you're a big fan of spuds then you'll love the recipes below. Why not try them out today and enter Bord Bia's competition? Make sure to tag us on Instagram at @foodandwineireland and we'll share our favourites in our stories. Happy cooking!
This recipe for Indonesian potato cakes comes to us courtesy of Kevin O'Toole, the brilliant chef at Chameleon in Temple Bar. These aren't the classic Irish potato cakes you might be expecting, but they are packed full of flavour and use potatoes so well. Try the recipe here.
Potato And Dulse Bread
This recipe from David O'Halloran of Blath na Mara highlights two of Ireland's best ingredients: potatoes and seaweed. We love the addition of dulse to this potato bread, as it elevates a traditional recipe to something truy special. If you're looking for a unique way to use potatoes today, then this bread is the way to go. Try it out here.
Rabbit Croquettes With Potato Terrine
We absolutely love how Elaine Murphy of The Legal Eagle in Dublin has utilised potatoes in this rabbit dish. The potato terrine is sort of like a potato gratin or dauphinoise, without any cream, allowing the flavours to speak for themselves. It might require a bit of work, but this dish is certainly worth it. Try it out here.
Tom's Potato and Watercress Salad
Tom O'Connell shared this recipe with us when we visited the O'Connell family home in Laois earlier this year and we have been thinking about it ever since. This potato salad is so fresh and full of flavour that you'll make it again and again. Try it out now at this link.
Egg, Chorizo, Kale and Potato Hash
A perfect brunch dish, this easy recipe comes from Ethna Reynolds of Nook in Sligo. The flavour combination of chorizo, kale and potato works so well together, and the runny egg finishes the dish off beautifully. If you're looking for a quick, delicious dish, then this recipe is exactly what you need. Try it out here.