Ode to Potatoes — 13 Comments

  1. Potatoes are Gods in vegetable form! I’m sure there’s a civilization somewhere that did worship them. I’m really envious of your new potatoes! Lovely post.

  2. Katie, those new potatoes looks wonderful! I like the minimal prep when an ingredient is so fresh and perfect. We have potatoes lots of ways around here, but rarely fried or French fried…too much oil for my taste. My favorite is red potatoes coated lightly with olive oil, sprinkled with a little garlic salt, shaken with fresh rosemary and roasted in a hot oven on a baking tray. Never tried the basil, but now I will.

  3. Such a lovely dish….it does not get any better than a really good potato, I just bought some the other day from a local organic farmer…we are having them tonight…can hardly wait! Ina

  4. Oh, I’m so glad to see someone else sing the praises of the potato – the most underappreciated, misunderstood vegetable around. Ifeel so lucky that they grow in my garden year-round.
    I love how you prepared these, Katie. Simple, with fresh herbs. It doesn’t get much better than this.

  5. I planted potatoes this year and am eagerly awaiting harvest! I’ll dress them simply like this and maybe even eat only potatoes in that first-ever homegrown meal.

  6. As long as potatoes are not slathered in sour cream they are healthy, although I love sour cream on my potatoes:D I picked up some new potatoes at the market on Saturday so here we come:D

  7. Those potatoes look fabulous, Katie.
    We usually get “Yukon Gold” potatoes. But the standard PEI “baking” potato is wonderful too. And there’s nothing so wonderful as those waxy red potatoes.
    My favourite way to have new red potatoes is boiled whole then drizzled with a little butter (sometimes olive oil – but let’s face it, I do love butter) and lots and lots of snipped chives. Parsley works too if there are no chives left.
    (Do you know if it is a myth that the vitamin C content in potatoes has been drastically reduced with all the modifications that have taken place to potatoes and soil content in the last 50 or so years? I seem to recall reading something about that in one of Michael Pollan’s books. And googling about this, I found that Thomas Pawlick (book: “The End of Food”) wrote that “supermarket potatoes in Canada no longer contain Vitamin A and the iron iron content has declined by 57% along with their Vitamin C”. source:

  8. Yum! I love the simplicity of potatoes, along with a your prep with olive oil. Delish! I don’t eat them a lot anymore, but when I do…joy! 😉

  9. Kirsten, I read somewhere that they are the only vegetable we can live on….
    Elle, I fry them in just a bit of oil and it works… slowly. Love them roasted, too…. with onions…
    Magic of Spice, those were the best potatoes, ever!
    Ina, there is such a difference between just dug and stored for yonks!
    Christine year round – you are lucky. Fresh all the time….wonderful!
    Zoomie, I’ve never tried growing them – I may next year!
    Val, mustard is good on a baked potato – maybe with a dab of sour cream…
    Elizabeth, please don’t tell me that my wonderful potatoes are not the perfect food. I’m going to trust the French to not muck about with food. Or I will remain blissfully ignorant. This is me, with eyes closed and ears covered.
    Chris, when you do eat them make it worthwhile ;-))

  10. Potatoes are DEFINITELY food of the gods – but the ones you get from the supermarket have been out of the earht for so long that they have lost any semblance of taste. In Jersey (the channel island, not the US state!), the arrival of new season Jersey Royals is awaited with breathless anticipation, and you get them a day or 2 out of the ground, like yours. Makes all the difference in the world!

  11. Jeanne, I’ve heard about the Jersey Royals…. For somethings you just have to be a local. I remember searching all over for Summer Pudding one July when we were in London – many years ago

  12. Potatoes are my favorite vegetable. I love them fried, mashed, souffled, baked…you name it! Your potatoes look so yummy it’s almost as if I could reach them right of my screen. ;-D