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Because of the many guises they can assume, potatoes are often thought of as meek, adaptable sidekicks. But while they make a terrific complement to big-flavored meats and fish, they have a distinct, earthy flavor all their own and can play a starring role. For instance, you can turn them into crunchy hash browns, and throw in leeks and red peppers, whose sweet flavors stand out well against the potato taste.

Recipe: Hash Browns with Leeks and Bell Peppers