For the Love of Potatoes

I thought it was a fluke, a lucky find. Imagine 5-pounds of potatoes for just $.99. The regular price for 5-pounds is about $3.99 at my supermarket. I grabbed two bags so fast it made my head spin. Now, months later I can relax because that’s the regular price for potatoes at my local dollar store. Such a great buy and one that’s sent me in search of knock-your-socks-off potato recipes. Check these out, and just see if your family doesn’t rave the way mine does!


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Baked Potato Soup
Serves: 10
  • Baked Potato Soup
  • 4 large potatoes (or 8 small)
  • ⅔ cup butter (not margarine)
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • 1½ quarts (6 cups) milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1½ cups crumbled bacon, cooked crisp
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Bake the potatoes in a 400F oven (do not microwave as that alters the taste) until fork tender (about 45 minutes to an hour depending on their size).
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large stockpot or sauce pan over low heat.
  3. Melt the butter.
  4. Stir in the flour and allow to cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Pour in milk, salt and pepper.
  6. Whisk, stirring constantly until thickened slightly.
  7. Cut baked and cooled potatoes in half, scoop out all of the potato pulp and set aside. If desired, chop half of the peels to add to the soup later and discard the remainder (there is a lot of potassium and nutrition in those baked peels).
  8. When the milk mixture is very hot, whisk in potato pulp a little at a time.
  9. Add chopped green onion, sour cream and peels, as desired. Whisk well.
  10. Add cheddar cheese a little at a time and stir until it is all melted.
  11. Add the crumbled bacon and serve. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
You can make this early in the day then place in a slow cooker set to “warm” until ready to serve.

Potato Waffles
If you’re like me and love potato pancakes or “latkes,” you are going to flip for these potato waffles because you get to skip all of greasy clean-up and calories from pan-frying. You will need a waffle iron for this recipe, which uses up your leftover mashed potatoes. I usually serve them with fish or chicken and sauteed apples. They also make for a great main course on a busy weeknight, served with sour cream and applesauce.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook and stir onion and garlic in the melted butter until onion is tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Preheat and prepare a waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. (I always spray a little cooking spray on mine, even though it’s supposed to be “non-stick.”)
  4. Combine onion mixture, mashed potatoes, flour, eggs, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl until well blended.
  5. Scoop ¼ to ½ cup batter (depending on size of waffle iron) into the center of waffle iron and close lid.
  6. Cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

Potato Kugel
Serves: 8-12
  • 8 potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Peel the potatoes and onion.
  3. Grate both, either by hand on a grater, or (easier) in a food processor.
  4. Place on a clean kitchen towel and then wring out as much water as possible. Or, place in a salad spinner to remove the water.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
  6. Stir potatoes and onion into egg mixture; pour mixture into a large greased baking dish.
  7. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes.
  8. Serve as a side dish.

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  • Doxie Mom

    I buy bagels at the Dollar Store. They are better than the bagels at the supermarket and they usually have a good variety to choose from – even my favorite, cinnamon raisin. I put them in the freezer in work and each day I move one into the refrigerator to defrost so I have one ready to toast the next day. When the store brand cream cheese is on sale at a really good price I buy 4 or 5. Then I take one to work and put it in that refrigerator so I have it for my morning bagel.

  • Pat

    Free bacon. I got Jennie-O Turkey Bacon for free at Dollar Tree. There is a $1 off coupon in the paper and online and I got 4 free packages of bacon free (okay, not free I had to pay tax). Now that Dollar Tree accepts coupons you can get a lot of good deals.

  • Priscilla

    The Dollar Tree near me has a nice section of craft items. After spending a fortune at Jo Ann’s for stuff to do a project with my grandaughter, I discovered some of the same stuff at the dollar store…..I could have saved a bunch and now I know better for next time.

  • Priscilla

    Hey, Pat: Why do you have to pay tax on bacon? I thought there was no tax on food.

  • Diana Brannan

    I guess I am missing the point of why two 5# bags of potatoes on sale for a great price does you any good months from now.

  • Cindy

    Priscilla – you must be lucky enough to live in a state where there is no tax on food. We’re not so lucky here in Missouri!

  • loisann42

    Wyler’s Italian Ice — $1 for a box of 8 — they are so refreshing!

  • Abuela

    I live alone so I buy several things in the frozen dept. Because they are small they they don’t get bad ; LandO’Lakes Cheese slices (4)( real cheese!), sour cream, cream cheese, bags of frozen fruits for my smoothies for only $1 !!!

  • kdonat

    Shelf stable milk (UHT aceptic packaging) quarts for $1 at Dollar Tree. The grocery prices range from 1.89 up and when on sale at grocery your lucky to pay 3/$5. They are great for emergency storage (think power outage).

  • Cat

    Some Big Lots stores now carry gluten free products and usually for half the price for what they cost at a regular grocery/health food store. I was able to get rice pasta for $1(it is normally $2-5.0-$4.00)!

  • Khalstead

    Whenever we treat ourselves to going to the theater, we always stop by $ Tree first and pick up our candy. I know your not supposed to but last time we went 1 large popcorn & 2 sodas were $16. I’ll have my sneaked in candy for a $1 anytime!

  • e

    when my kids were younger, I would bake up 10 – 20 large potatoes brom Costco which I had gotten cheap, and make 2ce baked potatoes, freeze them 1/2 lengthwise,wrap well in plastic wrap and foil. these would last quite a while. various flavors also… take out only what you need, great in case of company.