I Promise You’re Not the Only One: 23 Things to Eat if You Don’t Like Potatoes

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It’s best to just say it: I don’t like potatoes. I know, I know. I understand why you’re upset. Potatoes are in everything! They’re a backbone of the American diet! Our national identity depends on it! Idaho built a museum in their honor! You know what people do without potatoes? They die!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from coming out of the anti-potato closet, it’s that folks have strong feelings about their spuds. I face far more skepticism for my aversion to potatoes than my aversion to men. And it’s the one quirk of mine people simply refuse to remember, as if it can’t possibly be true. Every time they offer me a potato chip or french fry, it’s like a well-meaning relative insisting that “you just haven’t met the right guy yet.” Sorry, Aunt Helen, but it’s not a matter of the right guy or the right potato. I just never liked them, not even as a kid. To me, they don’t “taste like nothing” – they taste like potatoes, and potatoes taste bad, and I don’t want them on my plate or in my mouth. Really.

Look, I’m not saying you shouldn’t like potatoes. Most people do, and I know better than to fight any of you on this. But in an attempt to create community among the potato-avoidant and bring us out of hiding once and for all, I humbly offer these recipes. People try to convince me I’m wrong because “potatoes are so versatile!” – like ubiquity makes them taste better – so I’ve categorized this list into types of dishes they tend to dominate. There are alternatives out there, y’all, and potatoes are not the only fruit.


Crispy/Salty Snacks

Spicy Baked Zucchini Fries with Greek Yogurt Dill Dip

Spicy Zucchini Fries via Kitchen Treaty


Homemade Taro Chips

Taro Chips via Table for Two


Beer-Battered Onion Rings

Beer-Battered Onion Rings via Epicurious


Sea Salt and Vinegar Kale Chips

Sea Salt Vinegar Kale Chips via GImme Some Oven


Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

Put just a little lemon juice on these to make it perfect

Put just a bit of lemon juice on these to make ’em perfect.


Savory Roasted Almonds

Savory Roasted Almonds via Sprouted Kitchen


Baked Avocado Fries

There's a bar near my house that makes these and they a) hold together better than you think and b) are delicious

There’s a bar near my house that makes these and they a) hold together better than you think and b) are delicious.


Chocolate-Covered Bacon

HOW HAVE I NOT EATEN THIS ALREADY

HOW HAVE I NOT EATEN THIS ALREADY.


Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Baked Mozzarella Sticks via Two Peas and Their Pod


Soups for a Cloudy Day

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

I can personally attest that cauliflower soup is super easy to make and life changing to eat

I can personally confirm that cauliflower soup is both simple to make and life-changing to eat.


Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup via Allrecipes


Non-Dairy Creamy Vegetable Soup

Non-Dairy Creamy Vegetable Soup via The Healthy Foodie


Tomato Soup

For best results, serve with grilled cheese

Serve with grilled cheese for best results.


Holiday Side Dishes

Celery Root and Sage Mash

Celery Root and Sage Mash via Brit.co


Savory Carrot & Zucchini Pancakes

My dad makes these, he is great and so are they

My dad makes these; he is great and so are they.


Pumpkin Sage Biscuits

Pumpkin Sage Biscuits via Minimalist Baker


Savory Breakfast Support Staff

Sweet Potato Hash Browns

I realize it's a cheap shot to bring sweet potatoes into this, which is why I'm only doing it once, but no, they are NOT the same. I firmly believe that the only reason I haven't lost all my friends over this potato thing is that I do like sweet potatoes, at least

I realize it’s a cheap shot to bring sweet potatoes into this, which is why I’m only doing it once, but no, they are NOT the same. I honestly believe the only reason I haven’t lost all my friends/brunch dates over this potato thing is that at least I like sweet potatoes.


Mixed Mushroom Egg Bakes

Mixed Mushroom Egg Bakes via The Kitchn


Butternut Squash Home Fries

Butternut Squash Home Fries via Connoisseurus Veg


Cookout Sides

Best Macaroni Salad Ever

Best Macaroni Salad Ever via Pioneer Woman


Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower Salad via Allrecipes


Creamy Coleslaw

Creamy Coleslaw via Serious Eats

PS this one is backed up by SCIENCE.


Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter via Cooking Channel


This concludes my most controversial article to date.

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28 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this. I totally empathise with people refusing to accept you not liking potatoes – I have hated potatoes for all 24 years of my life and yet still every time I go home my mum will try to sneak them onto my plate. I’ll show her this article and hope that she finally accepts that I’m not the only potato-hater in the world.

  2. Though I am also on Team Potato, I can relate to another point – certain family members of mine were far more shocked and appalled when I announced that I was no longer eating meat than when I told them I was dating a woman.

    Also these recipes look delicious so thank you putting them in front of our eyes!

  3. Rarely have I felt so understood! It’s not even that I loathe potatoes like I do bananas, I just don’t get why people would voluntarily something so BLAND and poorly textured when other vegetables exist. I love fried shit, but frying the shit out of something should not be the only way to make it acceptable to eat!

    Also, sweet potato hash browns sound AMAZING.

  4. Oh, how I thought I was the only one. I like french fries ok and mashed potatoes occasionally, but I’d 10/10 times prefer any other vegetable. I want to make all these things right now, especially the avocado fries. And soups! I can’t wait for it to be cool enough to have soup every day.

  5. I think potatoes are fairly boring and inferior to almost every other vegetable. In saying that, they are super convenient for feeding crowds and I’ll typically eat them if they end up on my plate (unless it’s at brunch, when egg dishes are almost always accompanied by a whole dozen fried baby potatoes, calm down America). Anyway, I’m just here to say that this list looks delicious and I’d choose any of these dishes over those on the Team Potato list.

  6. I’m definitely not anti-potato, but potatoes are just…meh by themselves. Unless we’re talking about potato chips which are TERRIBLE and gross and only mostly palatable if seasoned correctly (with salt and pepper). So thank you for this list of delicious non-potatoey goodness.

    I’d also recommend yucca chips because they’re pretty darn great and you can make them in basically the same way as the taro chips you’ve gathered a recipe for!

  7. Ok I have a theory that people who hate delicious food like potatoes are actually built this way because they have a food sensitivity or allergy. For example, my friend hates mushrooms and blue cheese and, while not allergic to these items, does have an allergy to some other mold-mushroom thing, which is pretty close.

    So, potato-haters, any chance you are just very sensitive to the nightshade family, maybe because of solanine? Do you also hate on um lessee Google says tomatoes, peppers, eggplant?

  8. I feel like I shouldn’t be surprised but I’m still amazed by the strength of opinions regarding potatoes! And I saw a poll on Twitter that I couldn’t participate in because my feelings on potatoes are “I love some forms of them and hate others”!

    Thoughts:
    1. I feel like I spent a lot of my time at picnics hungry because I wouldn’t eat hot dogs or potato chips.
    2. I will eat potato chips if they’re salt and vinegar because I love vinegar.
    3. I love french fries.
    4. My favorite kind of french fries are sweet potato french fries. Since when don’t those count as real potatoes?
    5. And also, my favorite kind of mashed potatoes are 1/2 + 1/2 regular potatoes and sweet potatoes mashed up and mixed together.
    6. I think of potatoes as a starch, not a vegetable.
    7. ALL OF THE RECIPES YOU INCLUDED LOOK SO GOOD AAHHH THANK YOU.

  9. Never in my life have I thought of a potato as a vegetable. Why would I compare it to say courgettes, when I could be comparing it to rice or pasta? Which are also both pretty bland on their own but that’s what this food group is, boring starchy vehicles for the more expensive and tasty parts of your meal.

    I think I view meals and food differently than a lot of people.

  10. I am deeply and eternally in love with potatoes but I have to avoid them for health reasons. I’m loving this list and refusing to look at the other one because it will just make me sad. Thanks!

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