Saturday morning I was craving breakfast potatoes. I don’t know why; it’s not like I grew up eating breakfast potatoes, nor do I order them on those rare occasions we go out for brunch. Maybe I was low on potassium and my body knew it. (Did you know that a medium potato has the same amount of potassium as a medium banana? Not being a huge fan of bananas, I was tickled silly to find this out.) So I decided to whip up a batch of breakfast potatoes. This is a simple “base” recipe to start with. It’s great just by itself (I served it with scrambled cheesy eggs), but you can also add in other items to spice it up a bit. At the end of the recipe I have a list of variations that I thought would be good in it. Feel free to leave a comment on anything else you think might be good.
5 red potatoes
2 T. olive oil
1 T. garlic butter (recipe follows)
salt & pepper
1/2 c. broth (chicken or vegetable)
tabasco or hot sauce (optional seasoning)
1) Wash potatoes and pierce several times with a fork. Cook in microwave for 3-4 minutes. The potatoes should still be hard; we just want to get a jump-start on the cooking process.
2) Cube the potatoes. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and potatoes. Let cook about 1 minutes. Stir to rotate potatoes around in pan, then cook another minute, to let other sides brown.
3) Add garlic butter, salt, and pepper (and more olive oil if you need it–I prefer to use the butter for flavoring, but olive oil for the cooking process). Toss to combine ingredients and melt the butter.
4) Add broth. Cover and turn down to medium/medium-low heat. Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring once, or until taters are tender. Season with tobasco or hot sauce, if desired.
butter, softened to room temperature
pressed or minced garlic cloves
grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Use any measurements of the above ingredients to suit your fancy. Mash together with a fork to combine. Store in the frig in an airtight container. I like to use this mixture to make garlic bread. As a snack lately, I’ve been spreading a smidge on a toasted whole-wheat english muffin then topping with a thin slice of baby brie. Mmmmm, lip-smacking goodness! Co-workers always think I’m cooking up something fancy.
Experiment by adding any (or a combination) of the following ingredients: bacon, ham, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, chili peppers, rosemary, a mixture of green herbs (my favorite is Herbs de Provence), paprika.