Can You Name All of These Potato Foods?

By: Jennifer Post
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About This Quiz

Potatoes are the heart and soul of many cuisines. It's known to the point of cliché that the Irish love potatoes, and there's even a dessert named after them literally called Irish potatoes. But potatoes in all forms exist around the world, and many dishes are comprised solely of potatoes or they play a big part in the flavor. They add starch, creaminess, crunch and a good earthiness to almost any dish. In England, they just eat chips (thick French fries) on bread with butter. There's no limit to where potatoes can go.

Potatoes were first introduced to England in the 15th century and have been a staple ever since. They're actually the fourth largest crop in the world—so it's no wonder that people try to use them as often as possible in as many ways as possible! Since potatoes are used in almost every region, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of potato dishes, and it can be hard to name them all. But the range runs from as simple as a potato chip to as complicated as an intricately spiced dumpling made entirely out of potatoes. Do you think you can name all the potato foods in this quiz? Take it to see how many you get!

Scalloped potatoes are classically baked in a gratin dish and have some type of crust, which is formed by the potatoes themselves, by a cheesy topping or a breadcrumb mixture. Make sure to cut them all the same size so they cook evenly!

Mashed potatoes vary depending on who's making them, but typically potatoes, butter, milk and salt are the key ingredients. Boil the potatoes with garlic cloves for an extra punch of flavor or add cheese for a special treat.

You know what makes French fries better? Dipping them in honey mustard or barbecue sauce. The fried potato sticks are truly a match made in heaven when paired with chicken fingers or cheeseburgers.

Potato chips are an American staple to accompany almost any sandwich. There are almost endless flavors of them, too, so everyone can get something they like. There's also kettle-cooked potato chips and homemade versions to try out.

To know potato salad is to love potato salad. It's creamy, salty and can be crunchy with the addition of raw onion, celery, and/or pickle. You can even add hard-boiled eggs or bacon for extra flavor. If this isn't on the table at your picnic, your guests are missing out.

There's many ways to bake a potato. Some people do it in the microwave, while others opt for actually baking it. Either way, the toppings are seemingly endless and all just enhance the natural flavor of the potato.

You can get hash browns at your favorite drive through, diner or out of the freezer section of your grocery store, or you can be adventurous and try making them from scratch. Eating them with breakfast is such a classic way to consume the potato goodness.

Shepherd's pie typically consists of a meat mixture including spices and vegetables that is all then covered in mashed potatoes. It gets baked so the potatoes can get nice and toasty and a little crispy on top.

Pierogi—yes, with no "S" at the end—is a dumpling of sorts that is filled with a cheesy potato mixture. Why is there no "S" for the plural version, you ask? Because the singular is pieróg, so the plural is pierogi. Fun fact!

Coddle can take on many forms, and each region has its own take on it. Heck, every household has its own take. There is no recipe, so it can really be whatever you want, as long as you use leftovers as the main base, as is tradition.

Latkes are potato pancakes made with potatoes grated or shredded when they're raw. The potatoes are then mixed with onion, salt and pepper and an egg to bind it all together. They get shaped into little pancakes and fried on the stove. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside!

Potato bread is seemingly softer and creamier than normal white bread. Maybe it's the mashed potatoes that get added, or maybe it's that potato flour is different than other flour. Whatever the reason, it has good flavor and even better texture. It's the perfect topper for cheeseburgers.

You can find gnocchi at almost any Italian restaurant. They are a version of pasta made from mixing mashed potato with flour. Other seasonings can of course be used, but the sauce is where it's at. Gnocchi can take on the flavor of any sauce it's smothered in.

If you like fried dough and mashed potatoes, you're going to love knish. While mashed potatoes are the main filling, they can also include sauerkraut, ground meat and onions. Grab one from a street vendor for a tasty snack!

Batata harra is a traditional Lebanese food consisting of potatoes, red peppers, coriander, chili and garlic that all get fried in olive oil. It's a fairly simple dish but can bring on a lot of spice.

Baking potatoes twice means you can get different textures and flavors from one potato. Bake the potato, then scoop out the center so it can be mixed with cheese, sour cream and probably bacon, and then scoop it back into the skins to bake for a second time. Where's the bad in that?

This dumpling is maybe as simple as it gets, but it punches big flavor. Of course, the boiled potatoes and water are the main ingredients, but there are other mix-ins that people add, such as pork rinds or scallions.

Poutine is a national pastime in Canada, and there are some famous places to get it. How could you not love it? In it's best form, it's crispy French fries, herby gravy and squeaky cheese curds.

Croquettes are a mixture of mashed, riced or grated potato and basically whatever other flavorings you want. It's then coated in bread crumbs and deep fried. The outside is crunchy, and the inside is warm and creamy—the perfect duo for a snack.

The chip butty is literally chips, which is what the British call French fries, between two slices of white bread. The bread is spread with butter, but many add other condiments, like brown sauce, malt vinegar or mayonnaise.

It's only half potato because the other half is cheese! Aligot gets its signature stretch from mixing a ton of cheese into mashed potatoes. It's a famous French dish that can be seen all over the region and is highly popular on social media.

Kugel means "sphere, globe or ball" in some Germanic languages, but the traditional Yiddish version is said to refer to the round shape of the dish as it appeared originally. The filling is usually a mixture of potatoes or egg noodles.

Dabeli translates to "pressed," and that makes sense: The potato is pressed into a bun and then topped with a chutney made from chilies, dates, garlic and tamarind. It's like a street potato burger.

The term "Hasselback" has become synonymous with slicing anything thin, but not all the way through, and sticking other things in the slices. Originally, though, it's a potato snack in which the potatoes are spiral cut, but still intact, then fried and topped with seasonings of any kind.

With this dish, the potatoes are grated and mixed with onions, salt and a mild mint called Gyosum. It's then formed into a large round circle which is filled with remaining potato mixture and covered with another circle sheet. It's like a sandwich where the bread is potatoes!

Rappie pie is not a pie in the traditional sense, but rather it's a casserole made up of grated potatoes with the liquid squeezed out. It's then cooked with broth and layered with meat, onions or seafood.

Lefse is a cooked batter made of potatoes, flour, butter and milk. It takes on the appearance of a crepe and is cooked in a very similar way. There's a special griddle and special tools to get the signature look. The flavorings of this are basically endless.

Pomme soufflée is a classic French preparation of potato where the potato is sliced so thin and fried slowly so that the slice puffs up, like a soufflée. It's a hard dish to get right, but if you do, it's so rewarding. It's both light and crispy for the perfect mouthfeel.

Colcannon is traditional to Ireland and contains other ingredients like kale, scallions, leeks and/or cabbage. The mashed potatoes are the real star of the show, though. "Colcannon" is also the name of a traditional Irish song.

Boxty is basically the Irish potato pancake. The potatoes are grated raw and mixed with mashed potato before being fried in a pan or on a griddle, just like a pancake. It's become so popular, it can now be found on restaurant menus outside of Ireland.

The savory version features spicy mashed potatoes dipped in a flour batter, but the sweet version doesn't actually contain potatoes. The spicy one and its recipe was first seen in a Sanskrit encyclopedia.

Babka in the traditional sense is a yeasted bread, usually sweet. But potato babka is a mixture of grated potatoes, eggs, onions and pieces of some kind of smoked meat. It's then baked in a dish and served with a sour-cream-based sauce.

Small new potatoes are used in this dish, and they are not peeled. They're boiled in salt water and left to sit in the pot after they're cooked until the skin takes on its classic wrinkled appearance.

Clapshot is classically served with haggis or oatcakes. It's kind of like a dip that is meant to enhance the flavor of whatever is being dipped in it—especially if that something is haggis. The potatoes can be mixed with sausages, ground meat or chives and butter.

Fish pie is pretty much exactly what it says it is, except that there's no crust—unless, of course, you count the mountain of mashed potatoes on top as a crust. The fish is also swimming in a cream or cheese sauce, so you really can't go wrong.

Unlike latkes and lefse, this pancake like potato dish is a cross between a flattened dumpling and a pancake. It's a yeasted batter to help with the rise and can contain raisins for added sweetness.

The name bubble and squeak has been seen many times in literature, but the first reference is in the 1770 publication of "A Burlesque Translation of Homer." Meat was taken out of the dish as a main ingredients in the 1950s.

Aloo pie is like a dumpling or little fried pastry filled with spiced mashed potatoes. The dough is simple and just made from flour and water. Other vegetables can be in the pie, like green peas or chickpeas.

This potato dish is a mixture of sautéed cabbage and onions with what's essentially mashed potatoes. Once combined, it gets topped with cheese and baked. The dish is easier to put together and make than it is to say!

Who knew that grating and ricing potatoes would turn into such a delicious treat? Not to mention the fillings and a smothering of sour cream sauce and chives. It's so beloved that it's been called the national dish of Lithuania.

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