Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Stand Out Sides: Microwaved Red Potatoes

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For part of K's graduation gift, I gave her "Dinner on the Go" coupons.  She studies A LOT and I knew she was stressed about not being a part of the dining hall anymore, but having to make her own food (see Monday's post).  This weekend her boyfriend E and her redeemed their first coupon. 

I decided to make them a full meal, complete with dessert.  One of the side dishes I decided to make were my microwaved red potatoes.  After I made them, I smashed them because K loves smashed potatoes, and I included the recipe in my meal drop-off so she can make them on her own!

Microwaved potatoes are something I made up, completely by accident.  I misread a recipe a few years ago and this was born!  The great news is, it's done in 15-20 minutes in the microwave.  EASY!


Microwaved Red Potatoes
Serves: 4
1 pound red potatoes
6 tablespoons butter
1 tbs. salt
1 tbs. pepper
2 tablepoons garlic powder
2 tsps. rosemary
2 tsps. thyme

Scrub the red potatoes and cut into quarters (bite-sized pieces).  Place in a shallow microwave-safe dish.  Cut the butter into tablespoons and layer on top of the potatoes.  Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder, rosemary, and thyme over the potatoes.  Cover with plastic wrap, tight over the dish, poke a few holes in the plastic wrap.  Microwave for 5 minutes.  (THE DISH WILL GET VERY HOT.  Please be careful.  I frequently burn myself by being stupid, don't follow that example!)  Stir, re-cover with plastic wrap tightly, and microwave for another 5 minutes.  Repeat for 5 minutes.  By this point, the potatoes should be softened.  If not, continue to microwave in 3 minute intervals until potatoes are all soft. 

These are a perfect compliment to steak or chicken.  They come out so soft and creamy, it's easy to think that you've been baking these for over an hour before serving!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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