Today is National Potato Lovers Day! Did you know that potatoes are America’s favorite vegetable? Every year we consume about 110 pounds of potatoes per person. And those in Europe consume nearly twice as much! So it is just natural to have a day to celebrate them!
Here are 8 great ways to make potatoes along with some fun potato facts!
Potatoes are very versatile. You can make them sliced, fried, boiled, baked, puréed, and served. They can be a main dish, a side dish, an appetizer and even a dessert!
Cheesy Potato Cups from Suzy’s Sitcom
Did you know?
There is a Potato Museum is located in Washington D.C. containing over 2,000 potato artifacts, including antique harvesting tools, a 1893 potato flask (a mold for making ice cream potatoes), potato ties and a 1903 Parker Brothers game called “The Potato Race.”
Ole Salsa Potatoes from Betty Crocker
During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were practically worth their weight in gold. Potatoes were valued for their vitamin C. And gold, at that time, was more plentiful than nutritious foods!
Tex Mex Potato Nachos from Idaho Potatoes
In October 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long space voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.
Baked Potato Casserole from Very Best Baking
Vincent Van Gogh painted four still-life canvases devoted entirely to the potato.