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Monday, March 31, 2014

Yaya's Herb Roasted Potatoes

Aaron loves potatoes. He likes mashed potatoes, hash browns, french fries, you name it. I think he would be happy with a meal of just potatoes. We could have loaded potato casserole with french fries and mashed potatoes on the side and he would be in potato heaven.

I love potatoes as well, but I know that potatoes are full of starch and carbs so I try not to go overboard on them. That is a bit of a problem with this recipe because these potatoes are amazing! They get perfectly crispy in the oven. The spice mixture seems to melt into the potatoes as they roast. I am just really over the moon for these potatoes.

I've mentioned the cook book that Yaya made for our family a few years ago. I found this recipe in her cook book. Well, I found them after she told me where to look. She made them for us with some delicious turkey burgers a few weeks ago and Aaron probably could have munched down the entire pan on his own. See, he's been begging for crispy roasted potatoes for months now, but I kept failing him. I figured out the problem and you will see what it was when you get to the pictures.

One of the best things about these potatoes is that they are made with ingredients that you probably already have on hand. You simply mix some dried herbs and spices with some Miracle Whip (our family likes Miracle Whip, if you don't care for it you could probably substitute mayonnaise but since I haven't personally tried that don't take my word for it), toss the potatoes in the mixture, and roast in the oven.

I served the potatoes with the Maple Dijon Chicken on new recipe night last week. I imagine they would probably go well with almost any main dish, but I particularly liked that I was able to throw them in the oven with the chicken. It made for a lot less work (than mashed potatoes which Aaron usually asks for) and everything came out of the oven at the same time. That's right, the whole meal was still hot when I sat down to eat. Can we say miracle? Try them!

Yaya's Herb Roasted Potatoes

Source: Family Recipe

1 Tbsp dried rosemary or oregano
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp seasoned salt (I just used plain salt this time)
1/2 cup Miracle Whip
1 Tbsp water
2 lbs small red potatoes, quartered

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spray with vegetable oil spray and set aside.

In a mixing bowl (big enough to fit all of your potatoes in) combine the rosemary or oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoned salt.

Add the Miracle Whip and water and mix with a spoon until well combined.

Toss the potatoes in the mixture until they are coated.

Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet (here's where I made my mistake using a baking dish instead of a baking sheet, they need to be spread out evenly to get crispy) and bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes, stirring after about 15 minutes.

Serve warm with chicken, pork, or beef. I think they'd be a great side for a thick, juicy, medium-rare steak!

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