Sunday, June 10, 2012

Roasted Potatoes

We have these roasted potatoes several times per week and it is my current favorite side dish. With a dollop of homemade mayonnaise, it's just delicious.What surprised me about this when I crunched the numbers is that 12 oz. of raw potato works out to only 50 grams of carbs and is still a very satisfying portion size.

24 oz. peeled russet potatoes
1 tsp. rosemary
1/4 tsp. fine salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 1/2 oz. bacon grease
1/2 tsp coarse salt

I usually start with about 30 oz. of potatoes. If you're just going to eyeball it, this is about the quantity you would start with for two servings.

Once the potatoes are peeled, keep them under water. This will help stop them from turning brown.
Cut each potato in half lengthwise, and then each of those halves lengthwise again. Then cut across three to four times to end up with nice, evenly sized cubes.

Give the potatoes a good rinse, place them back in a bowl and pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.

At this point, set your oven to 350F to preheat it.
Add 1 1/2 oz. of bacon grease and microwave on high for 2 minutes. I've used olive oil instead of bacon grease before and it works fine, too.

Once heated, give it a good stir to evenly coat all the pieces with the oil
Add the fine salt, garlic powder and rosemary and mix well to season all the pieces.

Spread out the potatoes out in a single layer on baking sheets. Place them in the middle of your oven at 350F for 45 minutes.
After the 45 minutes are up, set the oven to broil and leave them in for an additional 3-10 minutes. How quickly they get golden brown will vary wildly by oven and how close they are to the top element. After the first few minutes, WATCH IT LIKE A HAWK, especially the first few times. It doesn't take long to go from undercooked to perfect to scorched.

Once you've pulled them out of the oven, drop them into a bowl and toss them with some coarse salt. Himalayan Pink Salt will work nicely.

And here's the final product, served up with some Liver McNuggets and homemade mayonnaise.


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