Potatoes, potatoes every day, and I’d be in heaven.If only. It’s not every day that I can indulge in potatoes. But the luscious spud calls out my name at least a couple of times a week, and I cannot resist. Not least because it is so easy to get something really delicious from a potato in just minutes.So when I came home from my last grocery trip with a bag of gorgeous Yukon Golds, I wondered what I could do to these buttery-rich babies that would enhance their natural deliciousness. The answer was right in my garden: mint.
Mint, one of my favorite herbs that’s used pretty often in the Indian kitchen, is also one that’s almost too easy to grow, even for a novice gardener. For one, it survives DC’s fairly harsh winter and bounces back each year to reward me with armfuls of fragrant, almost other-worldly and deep-green goodness. Its cooling properties are also invaluable in a summer kitchen.
I love its soothing flavors so much, I could use mint in almost anything. So I decided to use it to dress up my lovely potatoes for a dish that turned out to be not only quick and easy but also quite a find.
My Mint-Smothered Spuds are something I know I will be making again and again. I loved the boldness of the mint paired with the creamy crunch of the potatoes. For all of the few minutes they were around, I surely was in heaven.
- 3-4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes. diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Salt to taste
- ¼ cup mint leaves, chopped
- Put all ingredients other than the mint in a baking dish. Mix well and spread the potatoes in a single layer.
- In a preheated 375-degree oven, bake the potatoes until tender and golden on top, about 20 minutes, although the time may vary depending on your oven and the size of the potato dice.
- Remove from the oven and add the chopped mint just before serving. Toss well.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.