Thursday, June 17, 2010

Will it Roast? Potatoes

Cue the music.

Turn on the funky, blinking colored lights.

It's time for everyone's favorite Little Farm game show - Will It Roast?

If you're new to our series you might be asking, "Why roast a vegetable?"  Well, first and foremost, because it makes veggies taste amazing!  It's also EASY and healthy.  What's not to love?
Tonight's contender is potatoes which, of course as everyone knows, will roast.  Potatoes will roast and they'll be delicious doing it.  Any type of potato will roast - russets, red, yukon gold, fingerlings - you name it.  Roasted potatoes are tender and creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  They are also a very economical side dish.  Mmmmm

The same basic recipe we used in our other Will it Roast? posts applies to potatoes - Veggies + high heat + oil = some veggie deliciousness.

Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes with skins on, I probably use about 3 lbs for our family
Olive Oil - a few tablespoons
Salt and Pepper
Extras:  onions, garlic, spices like thyme or rosemary

Line a pan with aluminum foil.  (Not necessary, but it makes clean up so much easier and, as such, make your veggies taste that much better.)  Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.  Cut potatoes into cubes.  They shouldn't be some small diced sized.  Ours are usually on the larger side of bite sized.  If you are using small red potatoes - just halve them or leave them whole if they're really small.  Spread the potatoes out on the baking sheet.  Drizzle oil over them and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.  At this point, you can also add some minced garlic or a slivered onion or both to the baking sheet.  Herbs are also a great addition.  I'd try a single herb the first you do it.  If you want to get really crazy - roast some potatoes and carrots together.  It will probably take about 30 minutes for your potatoes to get those crispy browned bits on their edges.  If you are making a bunch of them, you might want to spread them on two pans.  Your cooking time will also be longer if you up the quantity.  Giving them a stir or two while their cooking is a good idea also.

You're going to love these things!  Eat them with beef, chicken, even burgers.  I've even had salads made with roasted potatoes.  Oh. My.  Yummy.

Stayed tuned for our next episode when we ask - Lettuce, Will It Roast?

Just kidding - lettuce will NOT roast. 

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