Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Hot Potatoes

Who doesn't love potatoes? As my sister-in-law (SIL, for short) says: "I've never met a spud I didn't like." So I've decided to make some potatoes to eat on the side while we finish off our chili. These potatoes can be some work, but they are worth it because they taste GREAT. You dice them, boil them, saute them and bake them.

Ingredient List:
6 cups (3lbs) of all-purpose potatoes (idaho or russet)- the brown ones
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4c minced parsley
3 tbl unsalted butter
3 tbl canola oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper
Yield: 4 to 6 servings

1- Fill a large saucepan with cold water. Do not turn heat on yet. Wash and dry potatoes. Slice a small piece on the side so that the potato can stand on its own on your cutting board.

(Don't throw out those bad boys on the side. We'll be eating those too!)

The potato stands alone.

Slice cutting down the potato about 1/4 inch thick.

Slice again on the other side.

Cut into 1/4 inch dice. Place these in the saucepan until ready to cook.

Bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat immediately and drain the potatoes; do not rinse.

* You can begin chopping the garlic and parsley now. Mince and put to the side for later use.

Let them air dry on a cookie sheet with a kitchen towel underneath. Potatoes should be dry before the next step (saute).

* A word of advice: when you cut potatoes and you don't use them right away- put them in water, otherwise they'll turn black!

Remember those side slices you didn't throw away? Toss them with some canola oil and bake at 350 degrees for around 10 minutes. As soon as they come out, toss some kosher salt on top and put them on a paper towel. They are DELICIOUS, sort of like a baked chip.


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and put in potatoes in a single layer. You don't want to overcrowd the potatoes. Saute about 6-8 minutes. Pour off excess oil. Add the butter, garlic and parsley and continue sauteeing till they are brown to your liking. (5 minutes for me) If you like, you can stop here and enjoy! If you're like me and you want an even crispier potato, continue to the next step. Season with salt and pepper and...

Put them in a pan and cover with aluminum foil. Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove the foil and leave uncovered for a crispy potato. Now you can enjoy!

  WWSILS- What would SIL say???

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