Can You Name All of These Potato Foods?

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!

These potatoes are thinly sliced, layered in a casserole dish and are swimming in a creamy milk-based sauce. What's the dish?

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!

Which potato dish is the perfect side for meatloaf?

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.

It's almost a guarantee that you've eaten this potato food more than once a week. Pile which item on the side of your entree and make the meal even better?

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.

Grab plain ones or flavored ones and crunch away. Pair with a sandwich for the perfect lunch. What potato food are we talking about?

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.

Pile this up on your picnic plate and barely leave room for the other foods. Which creamy potato side completes any outdoor party?

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.

Put a fork in it; it's done! Take this hot potato and top it with butter, sour cream and chives for a classic taste. Which potato food is it?

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.

Whether you get the fast-food version or try out making these yourself, which potato food perfectly complements a big weekend breakfast?

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.

A classic at the pub, which potato-centric dish below features seasoned meat and vegetables all roasty and toasty?

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.

Polish folk love this potato dumpling that gets generously covered in sautéed onions and dipped in sour cream. Can you name it?

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!

Made to use up leftovers, this potato dish takes on flavors of whatever you prefer, since there's no specific recipe. Which is it?

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.

Grate the potatoes, add some egg and seasonings, and you've got yourself another traditional Eastern European snack. What is it?

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!

If you've ever been to a summer barbecue, then you've most likely eaten a burger on this type of bun. What is it?

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.

Who knew that putting together mashed potatoes and flour could result in such a pillowy, potato dream. Which of the below is it?

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.

This potato snack is fried to perfection and eaten as casual street food, and it's very popular in the Jewish community. What is it?

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!

Which potato dish comes from Lebanon and is fried up with a bunch of other vegetables?

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.

Is doing anything more than once really necessary? In the case of this potato dish, yes, it is. Can you name it?

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?

Which Chilean dumpling is primarily made of boiled potatoes and wheat flour?

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.

Get the cheese curds and gravy ready! It's time for which Canadian potato dish?

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.

Everyone loves a fried treat, and this one is no different. Which fried potato food never disappoints?

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.

This sandwich heavily features chips (fries in England) and is nothing you would expect. Which potato dish is a pub and home favorite?

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.

Don't stretch the truth about how amazing this potato dish is. Which French indulgence is really only half potato?

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.

This savory pudding is usually served on Shabbat and Yom Tov. Which potato dish is it?

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.

This Indian snack food is popular for being potatoes mixed with a special masala spice and served in a bun. Which is it?

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.

This trendy potato dish has been making waves on social media, and people have even begun doing this to other foods. What is it called?

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.

This slow-fire-cooked potato dish is traditional in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria. What's the name of this savory mixture of potatoes, onions and mild mint?

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!

Another Canadian favorite, this potato casserole is native to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Which one is it?

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.

This potato flatbread comes all the way from Norway. Which dish below is kind of like the potato version of a crepe?

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.

So light. So airy. Which French potato treat is basically a salty, starchy cloud?

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.

The name means "white-headed cabbage", but potatoes are still the star of which Irish meal eaten with boiled ham?

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.

Fry it up like a pancake and you've got yourself this Irish dish. What is it?

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.

This potato snack hails from South India and can be either sweet or savory. What is it?

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.

This potato food is more of a baked pudding than a bread, but it's still delicious. What is it?

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.

Also called "papas arrugadas," this potato food is served with a spicy chili-garlic sauce or as a side dish to meat. Can you name it?

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.

Get your Scottish friends together for this traditional mashed-potato dish. Which is it?

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.

Similar to a Shepherd's pie, this other traditional English dish uses an ingredient that's a little more slick. What's the potato food?

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.

People really love eating fried potatoes in a variety of ways. Which flattened dumpling potato snack below is no exception?

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.

This potato-based breakfast is usually made with leftover vegetables from the roast dinner the night before. Which morning delight is it?

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.

Most people think sweet, but this is as savory as ever. Which bite below is fried spiced and mashed potatoes?

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.

Don't get tripped up on the name; these potatoes also have cabbage and onions and can be a side dish or the main course. What is it?

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!

Which potato food made its way all the way from Lithuania and is dumplings stuffed with meat or cheese curds?

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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