Perfect “side dish” Potatoes for any Occasion

Perfect “side dish” Potatoes for any Occasion

The potato is one of God’s great creations. In all of its simplicity, these goofy shaped tubers have kept people from starving for centuries.  Just think, if potatoes are not coming out of the earth, societies begin to shift, such as was the case of the Great Famine that sent thousands of people to America from Ireland.

Side Dish Potatos

I love potatoes but frankly don’t want or feel the need to bake or mash them each night, or even each meal. Yet, I don’t want to underscore their value as a great accompaniment to many dishes, where rice or pasta just won’t do.

Crispy Outside

Here is a dead simple recipe I found while reading Amy Pennington’s Apartment Gardening book and I simply love it. It is easy, quick, versatile, and can be played with in virtually limitless ways. Nice crispy “skin” and deep flavor, these potatoes are fantastic. I recently served it with roasted chicken and a simple salad and it was delightful.

Perfect “side dish” Potatoes for any Occasion


  • 1-2 potatoes per person (Yukon Gold, Fingerling, or Reds work great)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp marjoram, oregano, rosemary or thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise.
  3. Heat oil and butter together over medium heat and when nice and hot, place potatoes in oven safe pan, cut side down. Sprinkle with salt. Cook for about 10 or so minutes or until your knife can get to the middle of the potato. It will feel not completely cooked, raw even.
  4. Sprinkle herbs over top.
  5. Place pan in oven and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until potatoes have cooked through.
  6. Serve in favorite bowl.


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    • hey this may not help very much,,,,i m in Mississippi USA,,,i m planting coallrd seed , irish taters,,and late purple hull peas ,,not suitable for pots thou,,,,,,peas will make in 45 days,,,may git 2 pickings ,,if we have a late frost,,,which fer the last few yrs we have,,, hey plant a few carrots ,,radishes,,mustard greens, each in its own pot,,, hey fore you plant a tater,,cut it so as to have at least 2 eyes on each piece,,let it cure fer bout 2 days,,plant with cut side down,,bout 6 inches deep in sandy soil,,,4 inches deep in heavy soil,,,hope this helps,,,bye now,,,u hear;;;;;

    • “The Godfather is more about a newer ethnic group winnatg to get a seat at the table of the anglo establishment than it is about Ethnic America versus Anglo America.”Yes and no. While it’s true that Vito wants his family to become legitimate, he’s willing to violate the rules of Anglo-America to enter it. He rose as a crime boss and played by his own rules. He did it his way. And in Godfather II, Michael does gain control over an Anglo-American who insults him. And Kay comes to see Michael as part of this ‘Sicilian thing’ that is conspiring to take over America with lies, deception, and etc. Puzo wasn’t apologetic at all about the Corleones, but Coppola, a liberalized and wasp-ized Italian-American, took a critical view of Italian-American power. In Godfather II, he made the Corleones truly evil by having a hooker killed(to blackmail Geary)and then Fredo too. If Puzo had control of the script, he wouldn’t have gone there. (That hooker thing I cannot forgive.) In the novel, the Corleones’ men kill Tataglia but not the whore he’s with. But in the movie, the men wipe out both Tataglia and the whore. Coppola made the violence grimmer. Coppola was being self-critical of Italian-American corruption just like Wasps were with their own privilege and abuses. I guess waspism rubbed off on Coppola; he felt a need to apply the same standards to his own community. Jews, in contrast, don’t seem to be very self-critical of anything they do.

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