Tuesday, March 2, 2010

You Say Potato

I admit I have a preference in the pecking order of potatoes.

Mashed potatoes are first, followed by latkes, with roasted potatoes and scalloped potatoes tying for third. After that I like baked potatoes and my least favorite form of Solanum tuberosum is the french fry (though I admit a good steak frites is wonderful from time to time at a bon bistro). I could easily enjoy sweet potatoes in any of the aforementioned forms, and am eyeing a scalloped sweet potato recipe with apples that I am wanting to try before the weather gets to warm and the only potatoes I am making will be chopped up into a salad.

The red potatoes at the supermarket looked inviting to me, so I grabbed a bag and came home and looked up some ideas for the scarlet spuds. I found a great recipe from Bon Appetit, tweaked it a little, and the result was probably the best roasted potatoes I have ever had. The onions tasted like candy...sweet and caramelized. The potatoes were perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. This would pair well with any rich chicken or beef dish.

Once you read the recipe list, its pretty clear what ingredient made this dish shine. As my friend Lime says, onion soup mix makes everything taste better!

Roasted Onions and Potatoes (adapted from Bon Appetit)

2 pounds of red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges
2 yellow onions, cut into chunks
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons of butter, melted
1 envelope of onion soup mix
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
freshly ground black pepper to taste


-Preheat oven to 450 degrees
-Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss to coat onions and potatoes
- Spread out on a baking sheet
- Bake until potatoes are crisp and golden brown and , stirring occassionally, about 30-35 minutes
- Sprinkle with pepper to taste


  1. "A pecking order of potatoes"! What a great thought... I'd have to give some thought to what mine would be, but I'd bet that sweet potatoes would be high on the list. These look very tasty - I love how roasted onions get so sweet, and I think the spice mix is great. I think that I could use this recipe with sweet potatoes just as easily, too!

  2. Those look great! I totally agree with your order for potatoes :) I really like that these potatoes are roasted with all those beautiful herbs.

  3. Sweet potatoes are my favorite kind of potato...and latkes have to be my ultimate favorite way of eating them. But generally I like potatoes in any way shape or form. I'm not a french fry person either though!

    This recipe looks delicious! I am definitely going to have to make it sometime soon.

  4. I love potatoes too. Those look delicious and I'll have to give them a try!

  5. I love recipes that use things the way they aren't supposed to be used! I'll have to try these beauties! Also, your little thoughts on food are so fun to read.

  6. I luv me some potatoes! Thanks for sharing this dish, potatoes with onions with spices, this looks fab!
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  7. wow, these look perfect!

    oh and you have an award on my blog!

  8. I have to agree with Joanne sweet potatoes are just the best!
    This dish sounds wonderful Aimee!
    Have a wonderfull week!
    Hugs & Blessings~

  9. You probably already know that I love French fries the best, but I've never been known to turn down ANY kind of potato! This looks fabulous.

  10. I love your recipe; I honestly think it is the butter that makes potatoes taste so good and of course the spice you added.

  11. I think I probably make the baby red potatoes most often. I love this recipe with onions!

  12. What an easy and delicious recipe. I always have onion soup mix in the hse but forget to use it. Ill be sure to try this one.

  13. I, too, am a potato lover. My favorite is a Spanish tortilla and a recipe I have for Japanese soy glazed potatoes. I also agree about French onion soup mix. I hate to admit I use it but I do. It can't be beat as seasoning in certain recipes.

  14. potatoes are one of my weaknesses. i find nothing more comforting than a frittata made with fried potatoes. i think we used a similair reicpe from bon appetit at thanksgiving, but with sage and bacon (naturally). they look delicious!

  15. I'm with you on potatoes. LOVE them, not so much scalloped...but mashed, baked, fried, potato skins, lattkes...oh, yeah, just back the potato truck up at my house!

  16. Love your list of favorite potatoes! Mine is roasted. Will definitely try your seasonings next time. Usually I just use olive oil, salt and pepper.

  17. I love potatoes too, in pretty much any form. Baked is probably the least interesting to me, and fries rank higher on my list. But I agree, mashed is probably tops. These look great!

  18. Wonderful spices. I just adore potatoes. Except for bread, it is my biggest comfort food.
    *kisses* HH

  19. I am a sucker for mashed potatoes but these would come in a close second. They sound wonderful!

  20. for me, mashed potatoes are first by a landslide, but this is a mighty tempting use of some great spices and herbs. let's be honest--potatoes rule. :)

  21. Red potatoes are my fave! These look excellent! Roasted are my faves, followed by baked, followed by mashed.

  22. Mmm this looks amazing!! Roasted potatoes are my favourite way to eat potatoes.

  23. I've never met a potato I didn't love! Those sound divine!

  24. We love potatoes so much but I've never used herbs on potatoes... can you believe that?! I need to try it! Your potatoes look SO good, I could just gobble them up!

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  26. I always love good roasted potatoes and I'll have to give this recipe a spin.

    You and I agree that mashed potatoes are the Number One Seed of potatoes, but we differ after that on pecking order:)

  27. Those sound great. I love potatoes any way I can get them!