Herbs and Spices Oven Roasted Potatoes

Herbs and Spices Oven Roasted Potatoes

June 10:  Herbs and Spices Day

Islander’s daddy studied horticulture in college before joining the U.S. Navy and becoming a chef. Unfortunately, she did not inherit his talent for gardening but she grew interested in his culinary skills. Although Islander is clueless about maintaining an herb garden, she is crazy about organizing her spice rack. Those who do not have a green thumb like her can conveniently reach out for the seasonings on their shelves and sprinkle them on their favorite foods for fabulous flavor.  Our blog recipe post features such capped condiments in an aromatic side dish—herbs and spices oven roasted potatoes—for Herbs and Spices Day.

Recipe

(Adapted from All Recipes)

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablepoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a large bowl, mix the oil, garlic, basil, marjoram, oregano, parsley, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt.  Add the potatoes and stir until well coated. Place the potatoes in a foil-lined baking pan in a single layer. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes, turning occasionally for even browning.

Herbs and Spices Oven Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

April 19: National Garlic Day

Mashed potatoes were served often at mealtime in Highlander’s household while he was growing up. Once in a while, his Mum would get creative with this simple side staple by mixing in grated cheese or seasoning it with different herbs and spices. Reminiscent of those extra touches that Mum did to make everyday mashed potatoes more special for the family, and inspired by National Garlic Day, our blog post features a tasty recipe for garlic mashed potatoes.

Recipe

(Adapted from The Food Network)

Ingredients

  • 3 large potatoes, washed, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions

Place the cubed potatoes in a large boiling pot and cover with enough water. Bring to a boil over the stove top, then lower the heat to medium and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Strain the potatoes and set aside. Using the same pot, add the oil and sauté lightly the garlic and rosemary. Remove from heat and add the drained potatoes. Stir until the potatoes are blended well with the spices. Pour in the milk and mash the potatoes with the salt and pepper. Whip the potatoes with a hand mixer for a smoother consistency.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes