Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Smokey roasted potatoes

One of the cool things I picked up while at trader joes was a couple bags of "trader joes tiny potatoes" essentially they are yummy little fingerling potatoes. I always love working with fingerling potatoes because you can roast them whole pretty quickly and they're like little bite sized bits of happiness. They're also great because you can roast them whole with the skins on maintaining most of the nutrients.
I decided I wanted to do something a little different than my usual roasted potatoes with rosemary and thyme so I looked through my spice cabinet. I decided to make some smokey fingerling potatoes!

2 lbs fingerling (or trader joes tiny potatoes)
Some liquid smoke
Coarse sea salt
Powdered Garlic

Step 1: preheat oven to 400 degrees and wash the potatoes, make sure you clean the first off since you won't be pealing them.
Step 2: put all your potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and about 5-6 shakes of liquid smoke. Then take a spoon and mix them up in the bowl so that each potato is coated evenly.
Sep 3: sprinkle with a three pinches of sea salt (potatoes are one of those veggies that eat sea salt like nobody's business and you need to use a little more than you think you normally would. Then sprinkle with garlic powder and mix again making sure they are evenly coated. Feel free to add extra sea salt and garlic to make sure the potatoes are fully covered as you stir.
Step 4: at this point they should begin to smell great and you haven't even put them in the oven yet! Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and then spread the potatoes out on the pan. Try to make sure they lay flat not piling them on top of each other. You may need two cookie sheets depending on how many potatoes you make.
Step 5: toss the pan in the oven and cook for about 45 minutes. They should get a nice brown and they should be fork tender.

These potatoes were a huge hit, and a bit addicting. Im known in my family fro making the best herb roasted potatoes, but I even had requests for people to bring thee instead. I bed they'll make a great summertime side during picnic or backyard bbqs.

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