Take Sides: IDAHO® FINGERLING POTATOES Fit the Bill
Eagle ID (April 17, 2015) — Small to medium in size, with a tender interior, Idaho® fingerlings are making it big on the side. Popular as a side dish, versatile fingerlings can be cooked or roasted whole, stuffed, shaved and chipped, and even braised in oil for a earthy confit. Idaho produces three main fingerling varieties:
- French fingerlings offer a smooth, dark rosy skin; waxy, yellow flesh interior; and a delicate, nutty flavor.
- Russian Banana fingerlings are smaller than French fingerlings, and present a buff-yellow skin; light-yellow interior; waxy flesh; and a rich, buttery flavor.
- Purple Peruvian fingerlings make a dramatic impression with purple skin and dry, bright purple interior. Their mild potato flavor ensures customer satisfaction.
- To expedite roasting times, steam or microwave the fingerlings first
- Boil fingerlings in a solution of water and apple cider vinegar maintain color and flavor
- Toss them in a 50/50 combination of olive oil and butter to produce a roasted potato color and flavor
- Herbs and spices take fingerling flavor profiles to the next level. Experiment with sage, rosemary, savory, dill and fennel
For more information about Idaho® fingerlings, visit foodservice.idahopotato.com
. To research menu concepts using all the Idaho®
potato varieties, visit the IPC recipe database at foodservice.idahopotato.com/recipes
. While on the site, check out the helpful size guide
potato preparation tips
, and find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs.
About the Idaho Potato Commission
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain–fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil, give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance. These ideal growing conditions are what differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states. For more information, visit: www.idahopotato.com.