Aren’t red potatoes cute? I just wanted to take a moment to admire them, before I hack them up into little pieces. It’s going to be like a scary food murder crime scene. I promise you, they won’t feel a thing. Mwhaa ha hahaaa!
Believe me, these red potatoes are just dying to fulfill their destiny at your dinner table as a tasty, fresh side dish. (I swear, they told me.)
I’d like to use this side dish as an example to explain to you what I call snobbing it up. We all have those
standard boring easy meals we make on a regular basis that are fairly average because we are in a hurry. We are TIRED. Our husband or wife asks “what’s for dinner” and those three little words send us into a tailspin right to pizzahut.com.
Roasted potatoes to the rescue!
Baking the potatoes at a high temperature and then putting the herbs on last makes for a crispy outside and you still get that fresh herb flavor. And feel free to experiment with any herbs you have handy, you don’t have to use exactly what I did.
They are sooo easy, I promise. So, make your Plain Jane pork chop. Make your grandmother’s meatloaf that your family picks at. But snob it up with some Roasted Potatoes with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs!
When your family compliments you on this new dish, be sure to flippantly say “oh, it was no big deal.”
Heck, forget your main dish and throw these into a mixed salad with vinaigrette dressing. Now that’s a potato salad.
Here I paired the potatoes with pork chops. Way to mix it up, Kitchen Snob!
- 3 cups chopped red potatoes (skins left on), cut into approx 1 inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus table salt to taste
- 15-20 turns fresh ground pepper, medium coarse
- ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- In medium bowl, combine potatoes, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, kosher salt and pepper. Toss together.
- Setting bowl aside for later, arrange potatoes in a single layer on large baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 450° for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown.
- Let potatoes cool for 1-2 minutes and put cooked potatoes back into bowl. Add parsley, basil and toss together.
- Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper to taste.
- Be proud of yourself. You are such a good cook! If you don't believe me, ask those quiet folks at the dinner table shoveling your potatoes into their mouths.
Looking for another great side dish? Try Cilantro Lime Rice Infused With Garlic. It’s so good, I feel tingly just typing the name.