Monday, May 2, 2011

Serving Up {Vegetable}: Rosemary Herbed Potatoes

This is a recipe for something that I don't actaully use a recipe to make.  I just eyeball everything and determine the amount of sauce based on the amount of potatoes we are making.  I will mention that we find that when we make these for dinner, the more potatoes the better.  My kids can put down potatoes when they are made this way.  It's pretty impressive actually.  In fact, my eight year old, who is adverse to about 99% of what I cook, has declared these his favorite potatoes.  It's nice to have something that can serve as a white flag in the parent/child relationship.

We like to use the little yellow fingerling potatoes when we make this recipe.  For us we find them at Trader Joe's year round or at New Seasons when they are in season locally.  You could use a red potato, but the fingerlings are so moist and have a natural buttery taste that makes them our favorite.

What really makes this recipe is the fresh rosemary.  In a pinch you could use dried rosemary, or even substitute a different herb, but you must try these at least once with the real thing.  You will be rewarded with a delicious aroma of baking rosemary filling your kitchen before you even get to take your first delectable bite.  You can freeze any leftover rosemary you may have so that you don't waste any - or if you prefer, throw the remainder into a loaf of homemade french bread!  Delicious!

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Dijon mustard
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
Fresh rosemary, removed from stem and coarsely chopped
Fingerling potatoes, washed and cut into bite size
Parmesan shreds

In a large bowl combine equal parts mayo, Dijon and olive oil.  Add salt and pepper to taste, one teaspoon of minced garlic and a handful of fresh rosemary.  Mix well.  Add the potatoes and toss to coat.  Pour out onto a foil lined baking sheet.  Sprinkle with Parmesan shreds.  Bake at 425 degrees until fork tender - approximately 30 minutes - stirring (carefully) once halfway through the baking process.

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