Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Roast Potatoes

More Potatoes!

"He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, fries, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup, and, for some strange reason, peppermint humbugs" (Sorcerer's Stone 123).

According to Dinah Bucholz' book, back when potatoes were first introduced in Britain, people thought they were poisonous. Realizing they were not poison and a cheap source of food, one man boiled them until they were unrecognizable and fed them to poorhouse residents. Maybe this is where the British practice of boiling everything to mush began :) But the recipe for Roast Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary in The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook is quite delicious!

You Will Need:
6 red potatoes (about 2 lbs), scrubbed and chopped into 1/2" (ish) pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp dried rosemary
2 cloves garlic, minced (my garlic was icky, so i used a bit of garlic powder instead)
black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Combine diced potatoes with the oil, salt, rosemary, garlic, and black pepper in a bowl. Mix together, making sure to coat the potatoes thoroughly and evenly.

3. Spread the potatoes in a large, shallow roasting pan  or rimmed baking sheet.
4. Roast the potatoes for about 45 minutes, until the potatoes are slightly crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. Halfway through baking, remove the pan briefly and toss the potatoes again and then replace in the oven to continue roasting.

These potatoes are super easy and super flavorful. They would be an excellent side dish with a lot of entrees. Enjoy!

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