Simple Garlic Parm Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods out there. Seriously. Think about it. Oh, and they’re just generally awesome. I make these more tame potatoes to go with my Mmm Mmm Meatloaf, since the meatloaf already has loads of flavor. They’re quick, easy and sure to please.

Ingredients:

6-8 red potatoes really as many as you need

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup chopped onion

Parmesan Cheese

Salt

Pepper

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350

1. Dirty peel and rinse potatoes

2. Chop potatoes into cubes, put in a pot of COLD water and begin to bring them up to a boil

3. Rough chop about 1/4 of an onion, you should get about 1/2 of a cup

4. Mince 2 cloves of garlic

IMG_4578

5. Add the garlic and onion to the pot

6. Boil the potatoes until you can cut them with the spoon and strain.

7. Drizzle olive oil into a baking dish and dump in potatoes

8. Crack fresh black pepper and salt on top. Grate or sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top-as much as you’d like. Give it a little drizzle of olive oil on top.

IMG_4579

9. Put dish in the oven uncovered. The potatoes should be pretty well cooked through, so putting them in the oven just finishes that process, melts the cheese and helps the flavors meld. I left mine in for about 20 minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Serve nice and hot! Sour cream on the side is an option…but then it’s always an option in my life! ๐Ÿ™‚

Advertisements

Favorite Mashed Potatoes

The only things that would have made these mashed potatoes better are cheese and bacon. But that will be another post for another day! These are a more classic mashed potato. I made these along side a pork roast and corn for dinner. Because the pork roast was a bit on the heavy side as far as flavor goes with the marinade, I wanted to pair it with something that was a bit more on the neutral side but still had plenty of YUM.

Ingredients:

8-10 red potatoes depending on size

4 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup sour cream

1/3 cup of milk

Salt/Pepper

1 medium garlic clove

2-3 tablespoons minced onion

Set pot on stove to begin heating the water to a boil. I add salt here as well.

1. Dirty peel and chop your potatoes. I personally like to have a bit of skin so that when the mashing is done there are flecks of the red. I just think it looks visually appealing.

2. Mince 1 medium garlic clove and onion. I had a tiny baby onion from our garden that was the perfect size for this.

3. Add potatoes, garlic and onion to the water. Boil until the potatoes are soft. 20-30 minutes depending on how big the pieces are.

4. In a bowl or stand mixer dump in your strained potatoes. Add in butter, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper.

IMG_3045

5. With the whip attachment, begin whipping on the lowest setting, gradually increasing so as to not splash the milk and make a huge mess.

6. Whip until the desired consistency. If you like your mashed potatoes a bit more on the chunky side, don’t whip them as long. If you want them more on the smooth side, whip away. You may want to add a splash more milk for that desired result as well.

IMG_3046

Serve HOT with extra sour cream on the side. This is a quick, simple and very yummy recipe. You may not necessarily be able to taste the sour cream in the potatoes very strongly. Along with taste, the sour cream adds creaminess without having to use as much milk. Variations include adding roasted garlic, more sour cream, cheese, and or bacon to the potatoes. I meant to take a picture of my plate with my pork roast, corn and massive helping of mashed potatoes with sour cream….but I forgot. I can assure you they were very pretty and REALLY yummy though! ๐Ÿ™‚

While the Boys are Away….

The mice will play! My dad is down in Florida on a business trip. My brother is on a business trip with his internship this week. That leaves my mother, the 3 dogs and I home for the week! MWAHAHAHAHA! Yes, that is my evil laugh. Other than prepping the house for my brothers high school graduation party, I get free range of the kitchen and a little bit more wiggle room without the picky boys home.

First up on the menu for dinner- Stuffed loaded potatoes! This recipe is super flexible based on what you like in and on your potatoes. This is what my ma and I did.

2 large red potatoes

Sour Cream

Bacon/Bacon bits

Cheese of your choice

Any herbs/seasoning- basil, rosemary, oregano etc of your choice

Garlic- fresh minced or powdered

Onion- fresh minced or dried

1. Scrub the potatoes and cut them in half. Boil until soft.

2. With a spoon or melon baller remove the insides, kind of like a potato skin and put in a bowl

3. With the insides of the potatoes mash inย the sour cream, cheese, herbs, garlic and onion to taste

20140618-183813-67093287.jpg

4. Refill the potatoes with the mash and cover with cheese. Place halves in a cupcake tin to help keep them up.

20140618-183122-66682777.jpg

5. Put in the oven for a few minutes for the cheese to melt or under the broiler until the cheese has melted and browned.

20140618-183500-66900803.jpg