Melting Potatoes

Buttery creamy goodness. I could not have been happier with these melting potatoes. So good, so easy, and boy, did I ever eat more than my share. Good thing it was just Anita and me, because I would’ve had to explain where all the potatoes went if we would’ve had company over for dinner.

If you’re normally tempted to put ketchup on your potatoes, don’t. These potatoes are absolutely perfect just as they are.
Melting PotatoesYukon potatoes are the best potatoes by far for making melting potatoes. They are so tender and velveety. They get just a little golden brown crunchy edge to them. Just enough to contrast the tender insides.

Also try my roasted spiral potatoes. They’re pretty and pretty darned good!

Melting Potatoes

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound Yukon potatoes peeled, sliced 1/2" thick
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme crushed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Place the potatoes into a large bowl.
  • Add the butter, thyme, salt and pepper and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicon baking mat or aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the potatoes and cook another 15 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth and garlic and stir. Cook another 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Spiralized Curly Fries

It’s over. Done. My quest for an absolutely perfect spiralized curly fries recipe is over. I have reached the end, and the end is good. Perfectly curly. Perfectly seasoned. And perfectly crunchy. I could’ve just skipped whatever else it was I was having for dinner that night. In fact, I don’t even remember what else I had. I just remember these curly fries.Spiralized Curly Fries

i used the smallest blade on my spiral slicer to make these spiralized curly fries. You could use the bigger one, but of course cook times will go up. I think the small blade is the perfect size.

The batter gives the fries their fantastic flavor. I plan on using the same batter on a whole lot of other fried foods. It’s a thin batter, not thick. Perfect for something like fish fillets or even non-curly fries.

I also love making a copycat of McDonald’s fries. They aren’t spiraled, but boy, they’re good! But then, Arby’s fries are spiral….

Spiralized Curly Fries

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

For the potatoes

  • 2 large russet potatoes peeled if desired
  • Water
  • Vegetable or canola oil for deep frying
  • Kosher salt

For the batter

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt substitute Mrs. Dash if you like
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the potatoes

  • Fill a resealable container with cold water.
  • Spiralize the potatoes (I used the smallest blade) and place into the water.
  • Transfer to the refrigerator for 1 hour.

For the batter

  • Place all of the batter ingredients into a large bowl or container and whisk until smooth.
  • Heat 3" of oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 365 F.
  • Drain the potatoes and pat dry.
  • Place potatoes in the batter and coat well.
  • Working in batches, fry the potatoes until golden brown, turning once.
  • Transfer cooked potatoes to a wire rack or pan lined with paper towels and sprinkle liberally with salt.
  • Serve immediately.


Hot Dogs of the Big 10 Conference

A few years ago the Big 10 basketball tournament was held here in Indianapolis. As part of the event, the Levy restaurant group in Chicago produced unique hot dogs that highlight each of the Big 10 teams. I came across a copy of the list of the dogs recently, and just had to make each of them.

Indiana Hoosier Dog
Iowa Hawkeye Dog
Purdue Boilermaker Dog
Illinois Fighting Illini Chedder Dog
Michigan State Spicy Spartan Dog
Minnesota Gopher Dog
Penn State Roaring Lion Dog
Northwestern Wildcat Dog
Ohio State Buckeye’s Dog
Michigan Wolverines Blue Cheese Bacon Dog
Nebraska Cornhusker Dog