Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Warm Roasted Potato Salad

The same old side dishes can get reeeeally boring, so I wanted to switch it up a bit with this warm potato salad.  It's really easy, and can be made fairly quickly.  It's sort of like a deconstructed baked potato, and maintains all of the delicious-ness of the original inspiration.  I ate this with Spicy Oven Fried Chicken and the combination was great, with spicy pepper flavors in the chicken and sweet caramelized onions with crispy roasted potatoes.

Warm Roasted Potato Salad
Prep time: 6 minutes   Cook time: 15 minutes
Cost $2.36           Servings :4
1 tb. Smart Balance 
1 large onion, sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2-3 pounds of potatoes, cut into large cubes
olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste
1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, to taste
3 strips of turkey bacon, chopped
green onions (optional)
1/4 cup of sour cream
non-stick spray

microwave safe bowl (glass please!)
plastic wrap
sheet pan

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and heat a saute pan to medium heat.  Add the Smart Balance (or butter, or other butter substitute of your choice), the onions and garlic to the pan and allow them to soften.  Thoroughly wash the potatoes and cut them into large cubes (around 1 1/2 inches).  Put them into the microwave safe bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap, poking holes for ventilation before microwaving for 10 minutes on high.  Let the bowl cool for a few minutes and remove the plastic wrap (WARNING: Very, very, very hot steam is under there so be careful!).  Drain any excess water and toss with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Pour the potato cubes onto a sheet pan prepared with non-stick spray, and bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until the skins are crispy and the potatoes are brown.  When the onions and garlic are caramelized, remove them to the empty bowl, and add the chopped bacon to the pan and brown it.  Remove the bacon pieces and drain on a paper towel.  When the potatoes are done, toss them with the onions, add the sour cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Top with the crispy bacon pieces and green onions.

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