Monday, February 22, 2010

Weeknights Potatoes / Les Potatoes de la Semaine

Roasted Spiced Potatoes

I'm slowly learning to juggle life with a second child, sleepless nights, milk scented clothes and one active toddler. It is not always easy. It is never the same. But at the end of the day, when I finally lay my head on the pillow, I am content. I am happy with my life, my family, my hectic days, my messy hair and the uncomplicated and unsophisticated, but always heartwarming, dishes I've been making lately.

We've been having these potatoes at least once a week for the last couple of weeks. They may not look like much. After all, they are just roasted potatoes sprinkled with herbs and garlic and some spices. Though I do believe that when equipped with a good potato specimen and the right amount and the right combination of spices, nothing beats Roasted spiced potatoes.

The recipe comes from my sister in law, who is a great cook and an even greater baker. What I like about this dish, besides being comforting and spicy and delicious, is that I can do it with my eyes half open. Perfect for my lethargic state these days. Peeling and slicing the potatoes is the only work you would do. The Potatoes basically cook themselves and the rest is chemistry between the herbs, the sharpness of the garlic, the freshness of the lemon and the warmth of the cumin, paprika and Harissa sauce. Perfect as a side dish with a roasted chicken or lamb.

So whether you have five minutes or five hours to spend in the kitchen, set a date to try these weeknights potatoes of mine. I guarantee you will love them.

Roasted Spiced Potatoes

Roasted Spiced Potatoes

Recipe: serves 4
- Six big Yukon Gold (or any of your favorite yellow flesh potatoes)
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
- 1 tsp Harissa, or your favorite hot sauce (Optional)
- Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven at 400F.

Peel and slice the potatoes into wedges or fries. Put them in a bowl, along with the olive oil, salt, black pepper, ground cumin, paprika and harissa, if used. Toss the potatoes to combine.

Arrange them in a baking sheet in a single layer and bake until golden brown and crisp on the outside, turning them over once, about 25-30 minutes.

Mix the herbs, garlic, lemon juice in a bowl. When the potatoes are baked, toss them quickly with the garlic infused herbs and serve.

B'ssahatkoum! (To your health!)

Roasted Spiced Potatoes

Potatoes Epicées Au Four

Pour 4 Pers
- 6 grosses pommes de terre Yukon Gold (ou autre au cœur Jaune)
- 3c.s d'huile d'olive
- 1c.c de paprika douce
- 1c.c de cumin en poudre
- 2c.s de persil haché
- 2c.s de coriandre hachée
- 1c.c de jus de citron
- 2 gousses d'ail écrasées
- 1c.c de Harissa (optionnel)
- Sel
- Poivre noir fraichement moulu

Préchauffer le four a 200C.

Peler et couper les pommes de terre en fine ou larges frittes. Mettre dans un bol avec l'huile d'olive, paprika, cumin en poudre, sel, poivre et Harissa, si souhaité.

Faites cuire jusqu'à une belle coloration dorée, environ 25-30 minutes et en remuant les potatoes une fois.

Une fois cuites, mélanger avec le reste des ingrédients and servir aussitôt.

B'ssahatkoum! (A votre santé!)


Anonymous said...

They look stunning! Yum1

Lisa said...

I will definitely be making these. They look so yummy.

Anonymous said...

cc ma ser , jador tes frite , elles paréssent apétissante.j'imagine que c'est trés dur pour toi en ce moment .courage .quand tu vois cette petite bouille tu oublis tout.bisous a vs .

Warda said...

- Merci Yaya! Et merci pour le coucou. Je te fais de gros bisous.

- Maninas, thanks!

- Lisa, please let me know how you like them when you get a chance!

Carolina Andrade said...

What wonderful blog, congratulations. Bring kisses from Brazil. Back often. Kisses. Carol

Anh said...

So yummy! And I like the fact that it can be done " my eyes half open"!

Ramya Kiran said...

That looks awesome!

mima said...

bonjour Mme poteatos!!tout ce cela est passager,
je suis sure que çà ne va pas durer et que......dans quelques mois....nous retrouverons la cuisinière hors paire que tu es!!!
et surtout,n'oublie pas,n'y va pas trop franchement avec l'harissa...bébé Kenza "techob chib"!!!!
biz!!! et à bientot

Anu said...

I've never tried harissa sauce. this could be a good excuse :)

Unknown said...

I discovered your blog jsut as you stopped posting due to the birth of your lovely daughter. Congratulations. I am glad to see that you are posting again and in awe since I was pretty incapable of doing anything when I had my second child. Your blog is beautiful and I have to agree -nothing beats roasted potatoes for simplicity and deliciousness

Diana Dyer said...

I may have a kale blog, but I am a huge potato fan and roasted herbed or spiced potatoes are really my idea of a great meal, no matter what else is on the plate (or not!).

In addition, your comments about juggling life that includes a second child just brought back a flood of many memories. My second child is now 27 and getting married this coming summer. How very very lucky I am to have all those similar memories of smelling like milk, the simple days of taking care of babies, having crazy hair, the only 'accomplishment' being getting supper ready, and then happily falling into bed.

Enjoy your babies - they really do grow up too quickly. :-)

Jennifer said...

Babies are so wonderful! Enjoy them the time starts to fly and you cannot seem to find where it went! LOL

Hugs & I so love potatoes!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

These look heavenly !
I'm so impressed that you're cheerfully coping with baby and toddler , the house and delicious food AND blogging about it .
Thankyou for sharing another delicious recipe .

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum, these look so good; and pretty to boot!


ARUNA said...

They look so crispy, awesome!

Saffron said...

These were just divine, even without the harissa!

Congratulations on your lovely daughter and your ability to keep your world turning all the while. I know it can't be easy.

Anonymous said...

I am going to have to try these out once I get back into the kitchen!


tasteofbeirut said...

Recette absolument délicieuse que je vais essayer sans tarder.

mary said...

Just found your blog today and have spent the last two hours reading and looking at your beautiful pictures. These potatoes look amazing. I'm turning on the oven right now! Congratulations on the birth of your baby.
Bon chance!

Kumudha said...

Lovely potatoes!

Thanks for sharing so many great vegetarian and vegan recipes.

Those almond cookies look so YUM!

Anonymous said...

I loved these!

Cherine said...

I just find your blog and I am so happy. You have many great recipes here! And those potatoes are my favorite!

Display homes said...

Although potato may not be my favorite, but this dish is too good to resist.

Yosef said...

I know what I'm making for dinner tonight!

Patty said...

Congratulations! I realize this is now months delayed, but as I also have a relatively young second, I find it sometimes difficult to regularly visit my favorite sites! Kenza is beautiful and your potatoes look delicious. Will try these ASAP. More pictures of Kenza, please!

Anonymous said...

Where are you Warda?

Warda said...

- Thank you all for your comments and your kindness. Happy to hear that some of you who tried this recipe enjoyed it as much as we did and still do. I'll be back to posting more recipes very soon.

Brooke said...

OMG - my mouth is watering. These are definitely on the menu tonight!

Brooke said...

I cooked your chips on the weekend - they were so yummy and were a real hit with our guests (we did gourmet burgers and they were the perfect accompaniment)! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!!

Warda said...

- Glad you and your guest enjoyed them. Thanks for letting me know!

Display homes Melbourne said...

Oh my! That looks really delicious!
I can't wait to try it.
Thank you so much.

J.W. said...

Though I have not written before, I have enjoyed your blog for some time. I am very glad to read that you will be posting again soon. Hope all is well with you.

theminx said...

Those look delicious!

Simply Life said...

oh those look delicious!

sherry said...

Made these for lunch, and they were lovely and delicious thnk you so very much for sharing,

cocoa and coconut said...

They look amazing! Golden and crisp, well done.

Builders said...

ok I'm a builder and cooking just isn't my thing until I saw those potatoes. Gave it a go last night and they were amazing. Thank you for sharing.

Lauren said...

These look and sound so scrumptious. I'm going these a try on the family this week.

Jen@ loose green tea said...

I never had toasted potatoes like this before. It looks really delicious, because of the ingredients and herbs of this recipe is flavorful. This I got to try. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Have a good day:)

Samah said...

I just found you today and I am so distracted by the lovely pictures, I keep forgetting to actually read the recipes!
Quick ? About the harissa. It seems that it is different in every Arab country (in Egypt we don't use it at all... I think)
In Algeria, is it just hot sauce? (shatta?)

Warda said...

- Samah, welcome! Harissa is a hot sauce. It's considered in Algeria as a condiment. You use it either on the side or stirred at the end of the dish, or you mix it with other spices to make a marinade. Its use is endless. My husband is the one who makes it at home.

Stay warm in Canada! Ma3a essalama!

Houda said...

Je découvre ton blog, quel beau partage