Monday, July 25, 2011

Small Potatoes - YUM!

I had a very productive weekend! It's been a while since I spent so much time outdoors and despite the heat, the sun, the sweat, and big case of farmer's tan a bunch of chores were accomplished. One surprise though was my potatoes. The potato bed was overrun with Bermuda grass as I mentioned the other day but even before that my potatoes had seemingly succumbed to a blight. A month ago I had given my potatoes up for lost. Lost they were, until I pulled Bermuda rhizome after rhizome out of the bed and amazingly potatoes began popping up! It wasn't a great harvest by any means but it did brighten my spirits a bit.

The potatoes were small things mostly, definitely not fit for baking in most cases, so I had to come up with a way to use them. Often people boil potatoes this small and serve them with butter but I had another idea. It was inspired by a friend who cooked some small garden potatoes a few weeks ago for us. It was so simple and delicious that I had to take my small potato opportunity to try it myself.



I took the potatoes and tossed them in a bowl then coated them lightly with oil. Then I sprinkled them with pepper and sea salt. Any potatoes that were a little larger than bite size were cut in half. Finally I sauteed them until tender in an iron skillet.

Sometimes simple is the best way to do things!

9 comments :

  1. You can also coat them with oil and salt of seasoning salt (my favorite is lemon pepper) and roast them in a glass dish in the oven...gives them an outside crisp, inside tender texture. Our favorite way to cook them.

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  2. I bet they were delicious!

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  3. Great to hear that you were able to get a potato harvest after all.

    I particularly like small potatoes and both buy fingerling seed potatoes and Yukon gold which I often harvest small.

    I love to cut them into quarters and bake with herbs and olive oil drizzles over them. Yummy!

    Yael

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  4. ... and add some chopped fresh rosemary before you roast them!

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  5. Or cook them with fresh green beans. That way does sound yummy. Must try that next time.

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  6. Those potatoes look good. Something that delicious from the garden doesn't need much added.

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  7. Dave,
    Sound pretty good. We coat them with olive oil, thyme and rosemary then bake them with other root veggies.

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  8. Great ideas! I've used rosemary in quite a few things before, I'm sure it would do great on these potatoes. My only problem is my rosemary didn't come back this year. I do have plenty of thyme though.

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  9. Lemon juice, garlic and olive oil! Baked in a glass dish and perfect with just about any meal. Very Greek, very tasty!

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