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These Boiled Baby Potatoes are served with a Browned Butter Sauce and infused with Lemon. The perfect quick and easy side dish that’s absolutely bursting with flavour!

I know, when was the last time you had boiled potatoes!? If you’re anything like me, it’s certainly longer than the last time you had roast potatoes that’s for sure. But you know what, it’s nice to have a change sometimes. Boiled potatoes kinda have a bad rep for being lacklustre, but I’m here today to show you that is NOT the case!

I mean sure, melted butter always makes life better, but today we’re going to inject a heap more flavour as well. The first step to doing that actually only requires butter, no other ingredients.

How to make Browned Butter

To be honest you’ve probably already made browned butter without even meaning too. Browning butter is essentially melting/cooking butter past it’s regular lemony yellow appearance, into a deep brown colour. By doing this the butter turns gorgeously sweet and nutty.

Just keep the hob on a medium heat and gently stir the butter to ensure it cooks evenly. It will begin to foam and when it subsides, tiny black specs will begin to appear. These are just the milk solids from the butter. Keep gently swirling the pan until the butter turns a deep brown colour and releases a nutty aroma.

Easy as that!

And to that scrummy browned butter we’ll add just a few more ingredients to take things to the next level.

Lemon Browned Butter Ingredients

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Parsley

These 5 ingredients create the most gorgeous browned butter which wrap around your boiled potatoes just nicely.

How to make Lemon Browned Butter Potatoes

  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender.
  2. Melt butter in pan.
  3. Continue cooking until browned.
  4. Add garlic, chives, parsley, lemon juice and seasoning.
  5. Add potatoes.
  6. Mix in to flavours of the sauce.

Tips for the best Boiled Baby Potatoes

  1. Keep the skins on! Baby potato skins tend to be less gnarly than regular potato skins and taste fantastic after they’re boiled. Plus, have you ever tried to peel a whole bag of baby potatoes?
  2. Ensure they’re all the same size so they cook at the same rate. I usually keep the tiny ones as they are and slice the bigger ones in half or quarters.
  3. After they’ve boiled make sure you let them steam dry. This will allow the excess water to escape the spuds and allow room for the sauce to be soaked up.

And it’s really as simple as that! Browned butter? Check. Infused with a few other goodies? Check. Perfectly boiled baby potatoes? Check check and check. We’re good to go!

How to make Lemon Browned Butter Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

  • 1.6lbs / 750g Baby Potatoes
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 heaped tsp Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Parsley, finely diced + extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Chives, finely diced
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Grab your baby potatoes and keep the tiny ones as they are, slice the medium ones in half and consider quartering any particularly large ones. Place in a pot of salted water and bring to the boil for 10mins or until fork tender. Drain and allow to steam dry for 10mins or until the sauce is ready.
  • Meanwhile, in a pan melt in your butter over medium heat. As it begins to foam, keep gently stirring as the butter turns from a lemony yellow to a light brown colour. After a few more minutes you will start to see tiny dark specks start to form on the surface, these are just the milk solids. Once you see the butter turning a deeper brown colour, it will release a nutty aroma. This is when your butter is properly browned. If at any point the nutty aroma smells more like burning, then simple reduce the heat.
  • Once browned, add your garlic and fry for a minute or so then stir the juice of half your lemon, parsley, chives and salt & pepper to taste. Add your potatoes and give them a good stir to absorb those gorgeous flavours.
  • Serve by thinly slicing the other half of your lemon and slotting in between the potatoes. Pour over the leftover sauce from the pan and garnish with extra parsley. Enjoy!

a) Potato Size – Try and make sure all the potatoes are the same size so they cook at an even rate. The smaller they are, the quicker they’ll cook and the more ‘saucy’ they’ll be.   b) Steam Dry – it’s really important to allow as much moisture to escape as possible to make room for as much sauce to be soaked up as possible. Allow them to steam dry will also help them be less sloppy and more fluffy.

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.51g (9%) | Protein: 3.22g (6%) | Fat: 9.4g (14%) | Saturated Fat: 5.882g (29%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.417g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.401g | Trans Fat: 0.372g | Cholesterol: 24mg (8%) | Sodium: 12mg (1%) | Potassium: 647mg (18%) | Fiber: 3.4g (14%) | Sugar: 1.41g | Vitamin A: 28% | Vitamin C: 50% | Calcium: 3% | Iron: 8%

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The Crisper Whisperer: How to Glaze Root Vegetables Recipe

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One of the first lessons you learn in culinary school is the unyielding power of mispronounced French words. Culinary French don’t sound purdy, but it can inspire a vast range of emotion, from dread to desire, among the clog-wearing set.

Few words wield more fury than the unassuming-sounding tournage, the name for the meticulous cutting of vegetables out of hand into small, seven-faced footballs, often for hours at a stretch. If the ability to tourne carrots, turnips, and potatoes is not particularly relevant for the vast majority of professional chefs these days, schools don’t see that as reason to cancel the plumage-fest that its teaching inevitably becomes.

You might not think this topic bears heavily on the home cook, but it does. Because of tournage, home cooks have been robbed blind of one of the simplest and most delicious methods of cooking winter’s abundance of root vegetables. The classic French practice of glazing is quick and rewarding and produces a surprisingly elegant result (which bears little resemblance to the cloying dishes sometimes called glazed vegetables in the United States).

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For whatever reasons to do with peacocks and machismo and what have you, the perfectly proper way to glaze root vegetables requires that you tourne them first. But chopping them into bite-sized pieces gets you 99 percent of the way to perfection with maybe one percent of the effort. I’m no Good Will Hunting, but that looks like 100 to me.

French glazed vegetables are cooked in a shallow bath of water fortified with small amounts of butter and sugar. One of the few tricks to glazing (and it’s a trick home cooks should learn anyway, since it’s widely applicable and cheap as hell) is to cover the cooking vegetables with a cartouche, a circle of parchment paper with a hole cut out of the middle. This method makes the cooking liquid evaporate slowly, giving the vegetables time to cook through gently and leaving you with just the right amount of glaze. Unlike tournage, cartouche is the kind of poorly pronounced culinary French that you’ll want to keep in your vocabulary.

This week I’ve glazed carrots because that’s what we had in our crisper, but this method works beautifully with just about all root vegetables, from turnips to parsnips to beets to pearl onions. If you’re combining vegetables into one dish, classic technique would have you cook each separately to ensure perfect tenderness, but if you cut them all about the same size, it’s perfectly reasonable (I’d say a lot more so, in fact) to cook them all together. Just be sure not to crowd the pan beyond a single layer, or the veggies won’t brown properly.

Ingredients

    • 5 medium carrots peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (or other root vegetables, to yield about 2 cups)
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley and/or chives, for garnish

Directions

  1. 1.

    Prepare a cartouche by cutting a circle of parchment the size of your sauté pan with a circular hole in the center. This is a good tutorial, except that you should snip off the pointy end of the triangle to make a hole in the center for steam to escape. (If this sounds like poorly pronounced French to you right now, it will make more sense after watching the short video.)

  2. 2.

    Melt the butter in a medium, heavy-bottomed sauté pan (preferably not non-stick) over medium-high heat. Add the carrots and toss to coat with butter. Sprinkle with the sugar and some salt and pepper. Pour in water to go about halfway up the carrots, not more than 1/2 cup. Cover with the cartouche and adjust the heat to maintain a brisk simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the carrots are just tender on the outside and still a bit too firm in the center.

  3. 3.

    Remove the cartouche, return the heat to medium-high, and cook the carrots uncovered, shaking the pan occasionally, until they brown in spots and the liquid is reduced to just enough glaze to coat the carrots, about 5 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley or chives (or other herbs of your choice) and serve.

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Dinner Tonight: Broccoli Sautéed with Crisp Garlic Recipe

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Gordon Ramsay’s In the Heat of the Kitchen has been fun to look through, but I haven’t really been able to put it to much use. Most of the recipes seem rather complex for a hectic weekday night. So I was a little surprised to find this quick little broccoli recipe stuck between “Caramelized baby onions with beet jus” and “corn fritters with lime crème fraîche.” With only eight ingredients, seven of which I had already, this proved to be a perfectly practical side.

While the crisp garlic is fun and those onions sure do add a lot of sweetness, what really separates this dish from a standard accompaniment is the oyster sauce. It somehow binds all the ingredients and transforms this into an interesting side dish worth paying attention to. It’s such a simple addition, too. This, of course, all depends on whether you have oyster sauce just hanging around the fridge ready to go in to random dishes. I do. Its cost is so small, and it keeps surprising me with dishes like this one.

Ingredients

  • 1 head broccoli, thick stems removed, and cut into florets
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. 1.

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Also, get a large bowl of ice water ready. When the water is boiling, dump the broccoli in and blanch for 2 minutes. Drain the broccoli and transfer to the ice water. When cooled, dry the broccoli in a towel.

  2. 2.

    Pour the oil into a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic slivers and saute until golden brown. Remove the garlic with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.

  3. 3.

    Toss the onions into the pan and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Add the broccoli and cook until hot, about 2-3 minutes. Turn off the heat, pour in the oyster sauce, and sprinkle the garlic slivers atop. Season with salt and serve.

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James Peterson’s Pickled Chiles

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Pickled chiles are a versatile pantry staple. They can be used to add mouth-puckering tang to just about any place you’d ordinarily use hot peppers, they keep for weeks at a time, and they take all of five minutes to prepare.

While it is easy to throw just about anything into a hot pickle brine, James Peterson keeps his pickled chiles simple in Vegetables.

Encouraging readers to experiment with chile varieties (he recommends both hot jalapenos and mild poblanos), he provides a barebones description of the technique as well as a slightly more elaborate recipe. Still, even in the recipe, he adds only onion, garlic, and thyme to the chiles and covers them with brine made of nothing but boiling white wine vinegar and salt.

Ingredients

  • about 1 pound assorted large fresh chiles, such as poblano, Anaheim, or New Mexico, or 1 1/4 pounds small fresh chiles, such as jalapenos
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme or marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 3 cups white wine vinegar or sherry vinegar

Directions

  1. 1.

    Rinse off the chiles and remove their stems. Cut large chiles in half lengthwise and, wearing rubber gloves, pull out their seeds. Leave small chiles whole. Fill a 1-quart mason jar with the chiles, distributing the onion, garlic, thyme, and salt evenly among the layers or chiles. Bring the vinegar to a boil and immediately pour it over the chiles. Be sure the chiles are completely covered with the hot vinegar. Immediately twist on the cap and let cool without opening. Refrigerate the chiles and serve within several weeks.

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