Patrick is a huge lover of potatoes, and so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare them! When I saw this Pioneer Woman recipe (love her blog!), I couldn’t wait to give it a try. You take boiled red potatoes, smash them with a potato masher, coat liberally in olive oil, salt, pepper and herb of your choice and then bake in a high heat oven so it gets those really crispy on the bottom and tender on the inside. Delicious! Next time, I think I would add either parmesan cheese or fresh mozzarella cheese on top to create a cheesy crust!
I just started growing an herb garden…so far only basil and cilantro, but I’m hoping to add many more soon! Rosemary, thyme and green onions are on my list. I have a serious BLACK thumb, so if I can keep these alive, it will be a miracle 🙂 Since the growing season is pretty much year-round here, I’m trying to take advantage of it.
I’ve been so grateful to my mom for preparing all of our dinners since we arrived, so that we wouldn’t have any extra stress. This was the first meal that I prepared for our family in our new home! It felt really good to be back in the kitchen 🙂 Garlic and rosemary pork tenderloin with smashed potatoes, green salad, and homemade rolls (courtesy of my mom’s friends at work).
Smashed Basil Red Potatoes
From Pioneer Woman
10 small red potatoes
Herb of your choice (basil, rosemary, chives)
Cheese of your choice (optional – parmesan, mozzarella)
Boil potatoes in salted water until just fork tender. Place on a sheet pan, brush liberally with olive oil. Add salt, pepper, and herbs. Bake at 450 degrees for 20-25 minutes until nice and crispy on the outside.
Any suggestions for herbs/vegetables/fruits that grow easily? Any favorite potato recipes?
Right now, I only have potted herbs, but I’m hoping to create a raised garden bed at some point this year!