OK folks, I'm excited about this one. (Well I think it's safe to say I'm excited about anything I take the time to write a blog post about...because I need to document, share, and remember the deliciousness)
The truth is, I don't eat a ton of potatoes. Kind of crazy considering I live on an Island that grows 86,000 acres of them each year; but I'm just more of a bread girl when it comes to carbs. I'll choose bread over potatoes 99% of the time. Grain bread, French bread, naan bread, pita bread, tortillas.....ok ok...this post isn't about my love of bread, even though I could easily spend the next 5 paragraphs explaining this fact to you.
Back to potatoes, and this recipe....
For dinner the other night I was planning to make sesame roasted potatoes as a side dish, but then I started browsing menus online that a friend had forwarded to me. I skimmed through and noticed "Za'atar" as a component in one of the vegan offerings. Lightbulb moment. What's better than potatoes roasted with sesame seeds? Potatoes with Za'atar. A Middle Eastern spice blend where sesame seeds are combined with the tart citrusy flavour of Sumac, dried herbs & salt. A little trial and error later I made a quick batch of hummus to join the plate. Good call. Crispy potatoes, creamy garlicky hummus garnished with a generous sprinkling of Za'atar & fresh chopped parsley. Swoon. I could see this dish on a tapas menu or as a side dish to round out a meal.
I made tofu with a quick sundried tomato sauce to have with it and it was somehow perfect together. I'll be sharing up that recipe soon, so stay tuned. For veg I sautéed some carrots and snow peas with a bit of Korean chile powder and a drizzle of honey. I was like dayum, my vegan food is getting better all the time. So much flavour.
Ok, now to the recipe...
Smashed Roasted Potatoes
I used baby white potatoes.
I made a big batch because it's a fun thing to have on hand for quick snacking or garnish. I referenced a few recipes to make this and I'm fairly certain I added different ratios of ingredients. I made it to taste, & this is how I like it. As always in cooking, do what you like...this really makes a lot so you might want to halve or even 1/3 the recipe. I however prefer big batch cooking.
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