03/12/2016 06:44 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pass the Potatoes: 7 Tested and Perfected Spud Recipes

Baked, fried, puréed or mashed, everyone loves potatoes. From Maple-Mashed Sweet Potatoes to Potatoes Leek Soup, here are seven simple and delicious ways to make them.

1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Thyme


In this easy recipe, sweet potatoes are mashed with butter, maple syrup and thyme to bring out their sweet, earthy flavor. It's the perfect side to Onion Braised Beef Brisket or Sunday Night Roast Chicken, or even a store-bought rotisserie chicken. GET THE RECIPE

2. Potatoes Au Gratin


This dish involves layering thinly sliced potatoes with heavy cream and grated cheese, and then baking until the cream reduces and blankets the potatoes in a rich, creamy sauce. Definitely special occasion-worthy! GET THE RECIPE

3. Curried Sweet Potato Pancakes


Spiced with an aromatic blend of curry, cumin, ginger and cayenne pepper, these sweet potato pancakes make a fabulous fall or winter side dish. GET THE RECIPE

4. Potato Leek Soup


This creamy Potato Leek Soup is a French classic. Top it with fresh herbs, bacon or leftover vegetables to make it your own. GET THE RECIPE

5. Parmesan Smashed Potatoes


This rustic version of mashed potatoes is easy to make: Simply boil a few pounds of baby red potatoes, smash them with a fork, and then mix them with butter, Parmesan cheese and seasonings. GET THE RECIPE

6. Oven-Fried Potato Latkes


If you like hash browns, you will love these crisp onion-scented potato pancakes. And, since they're oven-fried, you won't have to deal with the mess that accompanies the traditional stovetop version. GET THE RECIPE

7. Sweet Potato Biscuits with Honey Butter


These fluffy sweet potato biscuits, adapted from Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible, can be served for breakfast or dinner. They're especially delicious slathered with sweet homemade honey butter. GET THE RECIPE