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Ultimate Potato Recipe Contest Is A Wrap, But Who Will Triumph In Beef And Potato Cook-Off?

DENVER, Feb. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the United States Potato Board (USPB), in partnership with Better Homes and Gardens magazine, announced the winning recipe in the "Ultimate Potato Recipe Contest": Potato and Chorizo Dobladas. The winning recipe, on newsstands today in the March issue of Better Homes and Gardens, combines mashed potatoes and Mexican chorizo sausage inside flour or corn tortillas.

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Contest participants were invited to put their own unique twists on traditional potato dishes. With seven unique potato types available – Russets, reds, yellows, whites, fingerlings, petites and purples – creativity was highly encouraged! A panel of judges, including representatives from the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen and the US Potato Board, determined the winning recipe from a total of 334 contest entries.  The winner, Gloria H. from Chicago, IL., was awarded $500 in addition to having her recipe professionally photographed and featured in the magazine.

Although the title of "Ultimate Potato Recipe" has been awarded, the 2013 National Beef Cook-Off Contest is now underway. Focused on the theme "Making the Most of MyPlate," the contest encourages delicious, healthy recipe entries, including the option to enter under the "Real Wordy, Real Simple Beef & Potato" recipe category. Enter your creative beef and potato recipe for a chance to win up to $25,000 in cash, plus a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. To enter and view complete official rules visit www.beefcookoff.org. The entry deadline is April 15, 2013.

It's no surprise that potatoes are front and center in recipe contests – not only are potatoes the ultimate ingredient; they're also a nutritional powerhouse. A skin-on, medium-sized (5.3 ounce) potato has just 110 calories, more potassium than a banana and almost half your daily value of vitamin C (45 percent) and zero fat, sodium or cholesterol.

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