(Family Features) - Come evening, families across the U.S. all have one burning question ... What's for dinner?
Now more than ever, family chefs need super supper staples that allow for a hearty meal at a moment's notice on a family-friendly budget that still delivers big on flavor.
For ease, simplicity, great taste and a grocery bill that won't break the bank, comfort foods win every time. In particular, the humble potato weighs in as one of the top, all-time favorite comfort foods.
Think steaming baked potatoes, savory home fries and rosemary roasted red skin potatoes. Or, how about a side of your family's favorite french fries or creamy mashed potatoes? Because of its great versatility, the potato carries universal appeal. Dress it up or dress it down, serve it to kids or adults, go low-fat or decadent - whatever way you serve your potatoes, they're sure to satisfy.
With national trends toward smart spending and keeping it simple, home-cooked foods often appeal more than pricey takeout or restaurant fare. But, who has time to peel and cook potatoes on a weeknight?
Thanks to the availability of pre-peeled, pre-chopped potatoes from Ore-Ida's new product line, Steam n' Mash, homemade mashed potatoes can fit into any last-minute menu. Simply steam in the microwave and then mash or prepare them according to any cook's preference.
The recipes included here feature the perennial comfort food staples, shepherd's pie, sweet potato casserole and potato soup. The sweet potato casserole is the usual, time-honored favorite with a buttery streusel topping, starring brown sugar and pecans. The shepherd's pie and mashed potatoes put a little twist on tradition; the mashed potato topping on the pie is spiked with sour cream, horseradish and Worcestershire for an extra zing. The potato soup offers a blend of potatoes, bacon, cheddar, green onions and broccoli florets.
With the use of pre-cut real potatoes, these appetizing dishes come together in a fraction of the time they would normally take. Simple, hearty, satisfying - and homemade without a hassle - think of it as comfort food, at its best.