Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Quick Fix #3 -- Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

This quick fix is not really so quick, but it sure is good & simple. An easy enough recipe to remember, fairly simple preparation gets rewarding results. I only have two words for you ----- FRESH ROSEMARY!!!

That’s right, PLEASE go fresh & for very little effort you’ll score big points in the kitchen. Rosemary grows fine in nearly any weather (prefers hotter weather & sandy soil) but get a baby & in a few yrs it’ll grow to be a bush. AMEN!? A big plus is that it doesn't require daily watering. (great for forgetful moms!)

I love these potatoes cuz’ they’re a great alternative to the tedious & primitive practice of “deep frying” (ewww....bygones) but still gives my little audience something to drown in ketchup. (Did I just say that? God forbid!)

Here are the players (btw. My recipes feed roughly a party of 10):

- enough potatoes to fill up a 5 l. pot. (peeled & sliced into 3 cm. cubes)
- large bunch of rosemary (about 10 sprigs, 5 cm. long, diced stem & all)
- 1/3 c Olive oil (roughly but you can use more or less)
- 1 tsp salt
Cook potatoes till tender but NOT dissolving. (Please, just do that one thing for me?) Strain & leave to cool a little. Put olive oil in baking tray. You may need two trays? Set oven to 175c. Mix potatoes on the baking tray (to coat with oil) sprinkle salt & rosemary. Bake for 1 hr, mixing (GENTLY, please) once or twice. The aroma of the rosemary will send your household into a crazed dash for an early dinner. SERVE STEAMING HOT!!

You can match these with so many dishes from classic burger or meat sauces to a side dish to any good Italian meal.

FORGET ME NOT: Time is essential, this won’t work on high heat cuz’ you’re rushed for time, so plan ahead. It takes about ½ hr to get the potatoes, peeled/cut/boiled & in the oven.

HEALTHY TIP: Leave the peels on, believe it or not they taste even better in my opinion with the peel & retain a whole lot more nutrition.

17 comments:

Junior said...

Hmmmm.Very convicting I want a bush too.

babylove said...

Why Jr, you had a bush, remember in A.F.R.O? Hee hee! Sorry, my kids always call you the "this is ridiculous" guy. I just had to.

Junior said...

So corny Al, my goodness. Do they know who I am? Like that I don't have hair like that and stuff, I remember you telling Travis that I was the guy but I don't think he believed you.

babylove said...

Yes Jr, they know who you are, they saw you at the "traffic park" the other time. Plus they saw you as the "Angel" in the AIP skit. I think Travis is still secretly terrified of you. hee

Junior said...

Poor boy, are you serious. He'd love me if he knew me better.

Nina said...

I agree w/ u about the peels; they make'm crispier, more like home fries. You should just change "peeled & sliced" to "scrubbed & sliced." These potatoes are the best!

Alas, my only problem is knowing how long to boil b4 it gets past "tender."

Junior said...

You know what? The solution to your problem is just pulling one out to take a peek every few seconds when it's been in for a while, thats what I do, works well.

Nina said...

Aw, why can't it be like pasta: 7.5 min. and if u want, u can fish out a noodle or two & take a peek/bite when time's almost up, but pretty much it's still 7.5 min. (or whatever it says on the package) -- isn't there an amount of time like that u can say for potatoes? Sure wld make it easier.

babylove said...

Well, Nina for this particular thing, I would say over done is better than under done. At least I like it when the parts that are kinda "mashed" get crispy.

Junior said...

I never time my pasta. I just fisha out noodle or two. I don't trust the time on the package nearly enough to listen to it. As far as the potato timing, it could never work the same way because every potato is different and ever noodle in a package is uniform in size.

Nina said...

Thanx, u set my mind at rest, Ali. Jr, you're right it cld never wrk the same way; I was just hoping against hope. I think I tend to over-boil stuff, but TG it doesn't hv to be perfect! :)

Junior said...

Your such a sweet heart Nina, I think I should cook some thing good for you. Luv ya.

babylove said...

Hey Man, I'm a sweet heart too? Gonna cook something for me?

Junior said...

Haha, you Riders are the bomb. Sure I 'll make you something.

Nina said...

LOL! Seriously, Junior? I never turn down an offer for "some thing good" being cooked for me, ask Alisa! (Nudges Alisa: Awesome, Jr said we're the bomb! "We" should conspire to make him something... ;)

Junior said...

Sounds like a plan. What will you make me? Some thing I am not too good at, like a pie would be cool.

Nina said...

Well, my sister & I can make just about any pie u could want (why do u think I was nudging her, haha), but I don't get much practice over here, so I don't know that alone I'm any better at anything you're "not too good at," unless u don't bake pies at all!