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Potato Recipes from Around the World to Make at Home

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My potato recipes are ideal for heartwarming food. All the recipes are my takes on traditional dishes from various countries. Our journey takes us from Irish farmhouses to the Bulgarian mountains, among other places.

Be sure to keep this page bookmarked, as I will continue to add recipes to this roundup. For now, get inspired by this selection of potato-based sides and mains to feed family and loved ones this fall.

Potato pancakes and rosolje potato and beet salad.
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Boxty - Irish potato pancakes, stacked on a white plate.
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Boxty is a traditional Irish potato dish. It’s primarily a regional specialty, most commonly found in Ireland’s north, midlands, and western regions.

There are many ways to make boxty, including boiling them like dumplings or baking them like bread. My recipe is inspired by the ‘griddle cake’ method, which is the most prevalent method in Ireland. As such, boxty in this recipe takes the form of potato pancakes.

Unlike potato pancakes in other cuisines, this recipe combines both leftover mash and grated raw potatoes. These are then mixed with milk, egg, flour, baking powder, and scallions (green onions).

The pancakes are then shaped from the mixture and fried in oil to achieve a crispy outer texture with a fluffy, soft interior.

Serve them with sour cream or with hot butter and tea for a traditional Irish breakfast.

Irish Potato Pancakes

Irish Champ (Mashed Potatoes with Scallions)

Irish champ (mashed potatoes with scallions and butter).
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Irish champ is comfort food in a bowl. It’s made by mixing mashed potato with melted butter, milk, and chopped scallions. It’s then topped with more butter!

Similar to dishes like colcannon (Irish mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage), champ is an important dish in Irish cuisine. It is prepared for Samhain, a festival that marks the end of the harvest and the start of winter. The festival takes place from the evening of October 31st until sunset on November 1st.

Serve it with green vegetables, roast beef, or a meat and gravy pie for an Irish dinner full of warmth and heart.

Irish Champ

Beet and Potato Salad (Rosolje) from the Heart of Estonia

Rosolje (beet and potato salad) topped with halved hard-boiled eggs.
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Beet and potato salad, or ‘rosolje’ in Estonia, adds plenty of flavors and a vibrant pink hue to a rustic potato salad. It is made by mixing boiled potatoes with lots of diced ingredients, which can include beetroot, pickle, herring, red onion, and apple, depending on the region.

The salad is dressed with a mayo and mustard mixture and is often served topped with parsley and halved boiled eggs.

Rosolje Recipe

Olivier Salad (Potato Salad)

Olivier salad in a glass bowl, topped with fresh parsley.
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Olivier salad is the Russian, former-Soviet, and Eastern European take on potato salad, invented by chef Lucian Olivier. While potato salads can be found all over the world, my take on it is inspired by modern Olivier salad recipes.

My recipe mixes chopped hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, carrots, peas, and pickles with creamy mayo. You can add cold cuts, boiled or roast meat, or chopped sausage for a meat version. Enjoy it with grilled meats and fresh greens, or spread it on sliced bread or crackers if you want to get creative.

Olivier Salad

Patatnik (A Wholesome Potato Pie from the Mountains of Bulgaria)

A slice of patatnik (potato pie) on a plate.
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Patatnik is a potato pie dish that comes from the Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. Traditionally, it used to be a simple dish made with potato, onion, salt, and a Bulgarian mint known as gyosum. Today, modern recipes use a few more ingredients.

My recipe substitutes Bulgarian white cheese for feta cheese and mixes it with potato, onion, egg, garlic, fresh herbs, and various seasonings. It’s then baked in the oven. Enjoy a hot slice with sour cream, roasted vegetables, or a fresh green salad.

Bulgarian Potato Pie

Draniki (Deruny) Potato Pancakes that Will Keep You Coming Back For More

Draniki potato pancakes with sour cream.
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Draniki are wholesome potato pancakes. As with boxty in Ireland, most cuisines have some form of potato pancake, but draniki take on more significance in Belarus as they are the country’s national dish.

My recipe mixes grated potato with flour, egg, and onion, among other ingredients, and fries the pancakes in oil. Keep things traditional by serving them with plenty of sour cream.

While draniki are closely associated with Belarus, they are also known as ‘deruny’ and are closely associated with Ukrainian cuisine and other Eastern and Central European cuisines.


Spanish Omelette (Tortilla Española)

Spanish Potato Omelette (Tortilla Espanola) on a plate.
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Tortilla Española is an iconic food in Spanish cuisine. This humble traditional dish is an omelet of sliced potato and sometimes onion, fried in oil, mixed with egg, and then returned to the pan to be cooked on both sides.

Hearty enough to eat on its own, one of the best ways to try tortilla española is as a tapa. That way, you can eat it with Padron peppers, croquetas, calamari, and many other favorites.

Spanish Potato Omelette

Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips (with Tartar Sauce)
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My beer-battered fish and chips recipe is a fun way to bring the magic of the British fish and chip shop into your own home.

Flaky cod coated in a golden battered crust is no doubt the star of the dish. However, it simply has to be served with thick-cut chips made from rustic British potatoes. Fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside; quite simply, there isn’t fish and chips without the chips!

Fish and Chips

While potatoes may be a simple ingredient, these potato recipes are proof that you can prepare and eat them in many delicious ways.

I’d love to know in the comments if you made any of these dishes, what you served them with, and whether they warmed you up on a crisp, cold fall evening.

Let me know what other potato dishes you enjoy and want to see in this round-up! Other potato dishes I love (and plan to add to this recipe round-up) include the following: aloo paratha, croquettes, gnocchi, rosti, patatas bravas, and lefse.

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  • Doina Johnson is a recipe developer and writer. Doina has been cooking for most of her life, and her style draws from many different influences. She cooked with her mother and grandma growing up in Eastern Europe, before adding modern, western influences to her style when living in the United States for about a decade. Then, she traveled full-time for several years, trying food in Europe, Asia, and South America, and bringing those influences into her own cooking. She strives to introduce passionate homecooks to world cuisine, generally by trying the food herself abroad and then recreating it at home and, at times, enlisting the help of local foodies and chefs.

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  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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