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What’s the Best Use for a Potato?

By Kate Hudson | Food Porn | March 20, 2019 |

By Kate Hudson | Food Porn | March 20, 2019 |


As the great eater (and hobbit) of our time, Samwise Gamgee once said, when ranting on potatoes: “boil em, mash em, stick em in a stew!” It occurred to me that there are many uses for a potato in life. Whether you like ‘em the hobbit’s way (demonstrated above), or perhaps you think their best use is for treating wrinkles?

Heck, maybe you’re a big Parker Lewis Can’t Lose fan, and know in your heart of hearts that the greatest use of potatoes is to power a flashlight. (Shout out to Abraham Benrubi!)


It’s a free country and I don’t judge you.

The point is—it is time to judge each other by debating the best possible use for a potato. Personally, after thinking about it for 5 seconds, I think ultimately it does have to be the french fry. As much as I love potato chips, mashed potatoes, potato salad, latkes, and scalloped potatoes; the simple, humble french fry is the most versatile and delicious option for potatoes (if you chose to consume them.)

I’m not big on using potatoes outside of eating them (prove me wrong, people!) and using them to shame Dan Quayle, still (it will never get old, that one)—but I’m open to your suggestions. I think that there’s one thing we can basically all agree on here, though: raisins and potatoes have basically no business ever being in the same dish, Karen.

Other than that, I’ll let Marge Simpson have the last word, because she’s not wrong:


Kate is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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