Potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes-- boiled, roasted, mashed and sometimes fried. Spuds rule in my kitchen, and they are a staple. I have mastered the art of perfect creamy garlic mashed potatoes. I have had great luck with one of my most viewed posts for heavenly (and healthy) version of "Garlic Oven Fries". "Pioneer Woman's Crash Potatoes are hugely popular on our dinner table, too. Thanks to Food Network's newest star, Melissa d'Arabian, I have found a fool-proof way to master crispy potatoes. I have an easy recipe for stove top cracked fingerling potatoes that has been my faithful busy work night "go to", but I think this recipe has moved up a few notches as one my favorite way to serve potatoes.
What's so special about this recipe? I'd say it's more of a technique that involves three cooking steps-- saute', steam and roast. I made this side dish to accompany Melissa's Crispy Skinned Easy Chicken a l'Orange.
You will need a skillet with a lid and a baking sheet-- unless you have an oven-proof skillet that is large enough to spread an even layer of potatoes. I'll show you what I mean in a moment. Preheat your oven to 375F.
Start with three Russett potaotes (you could easily substitute Yukon Golds or Red Bliss potaotes, skin on).
Peel them, and dice them into uniform cubes-- like this:
Next, coat your skillet with olive oil-- not too much-- and heat on medium-high heat. Add the diced potatoes and season with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. NOTE: I never use table salt for cooking. If you do use table salt, try kosher. You will never go back!
Saute' for about five minutes...
Steam the potatoes until the water evaporates, about 3 or 4 more minutes. (Every 1 to 2 minutes, open the lid long enough to stir the potatoes so they don't stick.)Lower the heat to medium, and saute another 1 to 2 minutes until all traces of water are gone.
These made a perfect side dish for this Easy Chicken a l'Orange dish.
Using this same technique, I made an excellent sweet potato hash recipe that I will post in the next few days. I can't wait to show you-- but it's Labor Day and I am busy preparing Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip (with newer and better photos) and Pioneer Woman's Beans. For dessert-- I've got about 50 possibilites to choose from.
To those of you who are using today to rest from your job-- enjoy! My thoughts and prayers are with the multitudes of people who are still looking for employment. I know a few, personally... I hope your prayers are answered soon.Happy Labor Day!