Celebrate potatoes with these potato, corn and goat cheese empanadas with avocado chimichurri dipping sauce!
This post was sponsored by the US Potato Board. I was compensated for my time Thanks for supporting the brands I love that make Avocado A Day possible!
Is there a more underappreciated food than the humble potato? I certainly can't think of one. It's a sad fact when you think about it. I mean, how many meals have potatoes graced your plate, nourishing your body and providing hearty sustenance? Yet 15 years after most of us realized low carb isn't a sustainable way to live, potatoes still don't get the love they deserve.
Outside the US however, potatoes are celebrated for the fabulous food that they are. Rather than being thrown on a plate as an afterthought, potatoes are the star. Think patatas bravas in Spain, aloo gobi in India, bubble and squeak in England, gnocchi in Italy, and colcannon in Ireland. That's why I'm so excited about the theme for the campaign with the US Potato Board, Celebrating Potatoes Around the World.
About five years ago, I traveled to the home of potatoes - Peru. Did you know the potato was first cultivated in the Andes? I didn't either until that trip! Crazy to think now that potatoes are so ubiquitous around the world, but they only began their spread around the world 400 or so years ago. While we're just starting to see more of a variety of potatoes in grocery stores, South America got about 8,000 years to head start. There are over 3,000 (!!!) varieties of potatoes in South America. We saw hundreds at the local markets...and it feels like we ate hundreds too while we were there.