Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.
Today: Let the humble potato be the highlight of your meal.
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Here's a little secret: French fries are pretty much my favorite food. For all my culinary adventurousness, I'm never more satiated than when I'm digging into a plate of perfectly crispy shoestring fries (with a side of bourbon on the rocks, of course).
My love for potatoes doesn't just stop at the French fry. They may be initially unsightly, but they're also remarkably cheap, incredibly filling, and easily dressed up. Here are some ways to stretch a bag of potatoes into several inventive meals.
Like Anya's soup mentioned about, this potato salad gets the Spanish treatment and turns out far more inventive than a run-of-the-mill recipe. Meanwhile, mixing smaller potatoes with arugula makes for a weekday lunch that's equal parts fresh and hearty.
A warm, cheesy potato gratin is never NOT a good idea, especially when paired with a glass of wine after a long work day. Try a classic, or add celery root or caramelized onions for a different edge. Meanwhile, potato-based dumplings are a must-try weekend dinner project, whether you're going with gnocchi or pierogies.