I grew up despising the lumpy blue-tinged inevitability I knew as the potato, but I have since learned to appreciate this useful though tragedy-tainted vegetable. I still don't like it in soups or chowders or in recipes except cheese-scalloped, but qua potato here is my top 5:
1. Baked, lotsa butter
2. New potatoes boiled
3. Mashed all to hell without even microscopic lumps
4. Fries very thin and non-potatoey, no gravy or ketchup
That's it. I know I said 5, sorry.