Friday, March 14, 2014

Fried Potatoes


Last night I had my Freezer Cooking group meeting.  With February being so squirrely, and Spring Break sneaking up on us, we decided to meet halfway through March, to cover both.  Since it was going to be 6 weeks until our next meet, we opted to add a side item to our meal.  Eric made Freezer Muffin Pizzas at the end of February, but I was stumped as to what to do for a side.  I couldn't think of anything to go with pizza but salad, and there's no freezing a salad.  So I didn't know what to do, and I didn't know what to do.  Suddenly, I found myself at Costco yesterday, STILL needing to do something, when I saw this bag of pretty potatoes.  It was a 5 pound bag of gourmet potatoes. It was a pretty mix of purple, pink, and golden small potatoes, almost fingerlings, though the pinks and purples were a little bigger than fingerlings.  I decided to buy the bag, and roast them up!  In general, I don't like experimenting on my friends when I cook, but I figured I couldn't screw up potatoes.  And these were so Pretty!  We're a bunch of girls surrounded by boys, so we need to get girly, we gotta have our sparkling pink moscato wine, and pretty purple potatoes!

They were a lot of fun to cut up.  The purple ones almost bled purple. 

I tossed them in a dish with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, so the purple ones didn't turn everything else different colors.  Then I added a couple tablespoons of minced garlic, and a tablespoon of parsley, and topped with some salt and pepper.  I had to call in for reinforcements on how to cook them.  I didn't want them to smithereen while in the freezer, so Lisa and I figured we'd par cook them.  

I put one layer on our stoneware, and cooked them for 420 for about 10 minutes, then flipped them, tested them, and put them in for a couple more minutes until the tiniest bits were starting to feel cooked.  They still needed a bit more time, but I pulled them out.  Then I laid them out on a layer of paper towels, underneath and on top to pull any residual moisture before cooking in the garage, and flash freezing.  Once cooked, we decided that 425 for 10 minutes then checking until done would work.  I can't wait to cook them up and eat them. I hope they turn out.  Even if they don't, they sure look pretty! 

Hopefully, once we cook them, I'll have a Final Product picture too. :)  Lori wants us to start taking pictures for the blog, to show how yummy our recipes look, and as an added perk, I need to practice my food photography.  

It just so happens that this week Jacob also started potatoes...sort of.  

He started stage 2 mixed vegetables, which were green beans, carrots, and potatoes, the only one of which he'd never tried before was potatoes.  He ate half a dozen bites, which is pretty good.  In general he hates baby food.  I can't get him to do more than 6 bites of anything.  He's a nursing pro, and he'll eat a dozen puffs, but he doesn't like baby food.  We're beginning to wonder if maybe he'll just go from boob to table food.  Chris had done so well in Karate this week, he earned dinner out, so the boys brought home 5 Guys for dinner.  And since Jacob was eyeing my cheeseburger, I gave him a bit of bun, and a bite of french fry. 

He didn't quite know what to think about them.  
He did have a few more bites.   

Well, maybe he is mine. I love potatoes in almost any form, and Superbaby likes fries.