Christmas is just a day away and even in my city, I can feel the festive spirit permeating the air! Christmas is a magical time and it tends to bring back memories of family feasts and family fun times. I am missing my family and waiting for the time I will get to be in their midst.
I cooked my favourite PAN FRIED ROASTED BABY POTATOES for my baby (grandson Arian) as am sure he would relish them. Potatoes are a universal favourite and baby potatoes end up being finger-licked by everyone. I thought of making spicy Indian style baby potatoes but then decided to go with pan-fried potatoes with mushroom and flavorful spices. I refrain from using excess butter or oil and compensate by adding flavorful spices to the potatoes, which make them healthier and tastier.
We do not get very tiny potatoes, so I diced them into halves. These pan-fried baby potatoes are tender inside but are surrounded by a crispy, crunchy exterior. They are perfect as a main dish too for lunch or dinner. I served them with some garlic bread and they made for a sumptuous dinner. By the way, I am a big rice lover and I can eat these baby potatoes with steamed rice too.
It is a very simple and easy to make and like most of my recipes it is a one pan meal. I paired the potatoes with mushrooms and found that they do complement each other and the flavours are soaked well by both.
PAN FRIED ROASTED BABY POTATOES
500gms baby potatoes, washed and left whole or diced into half
200 gms portobello mushrooms sliced or halved
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/4 tsp. red chilli flakes
1/2 tsp. mixed herbs (thyme, oregano, basil)
½ tsp red chilli powder (for us spicy Indians: p)
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream if serving for kids
Chives chopped fir garnish
Fresh Coriander or parsley
Heat the pan or skillet. Add the olive oil, garlic and potatoes. Toss and roast with a lid for 10 minutes. Add the mushrooms, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, and mixed herbs and sauté till both potatoes and mushrooms are done.
Fork test the potatoes and check if they are tender. They should not be over or under done
You can even combine all the ingredients in a skillet and roast them in the oven. But that would take longer. The herbs and garlic flavour will tickle your nostrils and invade your senses. Pop one flavorful bomb in your mouth and feel the flavours of the pungent garlic, thyme, basil and oregano explode.
Check the potatoes and when they are done sprinkle the spring onion and the parsley and serve your PAN FRIED ROASTED BABY POTATOES hot, straight from the pan or transfer to a serving bowl! Serve with toasted garlic bread, rice or just eat them as they are.
May Christmas spread cheer in your lives Karina, Arian, Kunvar and Esha! The best present I can hope for is to spend time together. I can’t wait to be with you all.
Wishing all of you wonderful people out there; peace and love this holiday season.