Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Roasting Potatoes- It's all about the SIZZLE!

I find it funny that no matter how spectacular of an entree I serve my family, they always get excited about the side dishes!! Personally, I feel there is nothing more comforting than a side of oven roasted potatoes. I mean the potatoes pair well with meat, fish,chicken or even tofu. Potatoes are so cheap it's great choice for entertaining on a budget. I really like to use baby red bliss potatoes for this dish but you can use whatever you have on hand. Since it's been snowing all week in NYC, I really haven't had the chance to run to the market for fresh herbs- so I'm opting for dried Italian seasoning. I told you use what you have on hand.

The most important part of making spectacular roasted potatoes is placing the empty roasting pan in the oven to get hot. When you add the potatoes to the hot roasting pan it is going to create a sizzle that will give your spuds a nice sear and golden brown crust, otherwise you could wind up steaming the potatoes and they just won't turn out right. See my video below for a demo on how to get the SIZZLE!

Chef J's Oven Roasted Potatoes
(1) lb. of baby red bliss potatoes
(1/2) cup of olive oil
(3) tablespoons Italian seasoning
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Place empty roasting pan in oven to get HOT
Toss Potatoes with herbs, oil and season w/ salt and pepper
Drop into HOT pan, cook for 35 minutes or until tender.

It's all about the SiZZle

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