Fall Fest: Cozy Up With In-Season Potatoes

We’re continuing our season long Fall Fest 2011, which welcomes food and garden bloggers to feature garden-to-table recipes and tips. We’ll help you to enjoy all that this season has to offer. First up was the classic fall favorite, apples, and now we’re discovering the creamy wonder of potatoes.

Creamy, cheesy or crispy, potatoes seem to be delicious just about any way they are cooked, making them the perfect fall comfort food. Laura Calder’s Pommes De Terre a la Boulangere: Potatoes a la Bakery is a prime example of this warming fall favorite. It features layers of buttery potatoes and onions in a casserole dish, topped with thyme leaves then baked until crispy.

While you might have a go-to mashed potato recipe, you’ll want to give Tyler’s creamy Mashed Potatoes a try. With only five ingredients and a cook time of 35 minutes, you’ll be baking this mashed delight on days other than Thanksgiving.

For an even more decadent take on mashed potatoes, cream the russet variety with grated truffle cheese and cream to create a Truffled Cheese Mash.

Whether you’re coming in from a day of racking leaves or just want to curl up with something cheesy and delicious, Chuck’s Scalloped Potatoes are a great fit. The skillet baked dish is chock full of Yukon Gold potatoes, goat cheese and just the right amount of heavy cream.

These Twice Baked Potatoes are the perfect game-day snack when the weather is chilly. Mash potatoes with butter, milk, sour cream, goat cheese and pancetta and then stuff them into baked potato jackets.

With all the varieties out there, sweet potatoes should be front and center for your essential comfort food recipes. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon are simple to make and will be eaten up in seconds.

Don’t keep your potato comfort recipes exclusively savory. Alton’s Sweet Potato Pie is filled with creamed sweet potatoes, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Potato Recipes from Family & Friends
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And Love It Too: Twice Baked Potato – Paleo Style
What’s Gaby Cooking: Smashed Potatoes
From My Corner of Saratoga: Potato Canapes
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Chorizo and Potato Tacos
FN Dish: Best Potato Casserole Recipes
Cooking With Elise: The Irish Boxty
CIA Dropout: Potato and Leek Soup
The Sensitive Epicure: Potatoes Anna With Fresh Thyme and Truffle Salt
Glory Foods: Chicken Smashed Potatoes
Daily*Dishin: Creamy Loaded Potato Casserole
Virtually Vegan Mama: Baked Cinnamon Spiced Sweet Potato Fries