New potatoes are very thin-skinned, immature potatoes.
They have a short shelf life, usually only a few days before they start turning green and need to be added to the compost pile.
It's likely that you'll only find them at the farmer's market – but try, if you can.
They're worth it: incredibly sweet and creamy.
I've made them several different ways over the years (a few ideas below) but this is still my favorite.
When something is this good, simple is best.
Skillet Roasted New Potatoes
Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
- 10oz (300gr) small new potatoes
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tbs butter
- 2 tbs garlic chives
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Gently wash the new potatoes.
- Heat oil in a medium, nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
- Add new potatoes, sauté 5 minutes, shaking and rolling them about.
- Reduce heat to low, cover partially and cook for 15 – 20 minutes, or until very tender.
- When ready to serve, add butter, chives, roll them around to coat, sprinkle with salt and serve.
A few other suggestions – these were a bit bigger – still fantastic!
I learned two things today.
The reason I don't get anything done:
I went outside today, with the sole goal of planting the basil seeds in the herb garden. As I walked past the potager I realized that the corn needed hoeing. I grabbed the hoe, and, as I was passing the radishes, I realized there were some that were ready to eat. After I pulled the radishes, dug out the bindweed in the corn and squash (which I had to do before I could hoe) and finished hoeing it was 3 hours later and too late to plant the basil seeds.
The reason I don't get any projects done in the summer:
Hoeing, mowing, sowing, weeding, watering, trimming, strimming, picking, preserving, freezing…. Repeat endlessly.
The puppies learned one thing today.
When one grabs the tail of a lizard, the tail comes off. The tail continues to flip and twist, being a distraction so the, now tailless, lizard can escape. It's not nearly as much fun to play with the tail without the lizard attached, as the tail doesn't try to run away (no legs)…. No matter how often one nudges it with one's nose or slaps it with one's paws.