Recently Dave and I went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants on planet Earth called Osteria Mozza. If you’ve never visited Maria Batali’s masterpiece (or it’s Pizzeria next door) you’re really missing out on a phenomenal dining experience and I encourage you to make a reservation this very minute!
The interesting thing about our last particular visit was that it fell during Lent, so we had to find some new vegetarian choices on the menu to meet our dietary restrictions. One of the side dishes we tried were their fingerling potatoes and they were so good I think I peed my pants a little.
As with almost any tasty dish I find, I have to try and recreate it at home and so this recipe was born. It doesn’t require many ingredients, and it’s so delicious I think you’ll find it becoming a regular in your side dish line up!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
1 lb of Fingerling Potatoes
1 Clove of Garlic
4 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Ground Pepper
Wash the potatoes well but leave the skins on. Dice into small discs
Now heat a skillet (cast-iron is best because it gets really hot) on medium high and add 2-3 tbls of olive oil and the sprigs of rosemary… I’m convinced this step made the dish because the oil was infused with rosemary and flavored everything else.
Once the oil and rosemary have warmed for a couple of minutes (it will be popping hot) add the potatoes. BE CAREFUL hot oil can pop and burn you… use a grease shield.
Cook for five minutes or so stirring occasionally, lower heat to medium low. At this point your rosemary leaves will have fallen off their “twigs” and you can use a pair of tongs to grab those twigs and throw them away. Once that’s done add in a one pressed garlic clove, a generous douse of garlic salt and pepper stir and cook for a couple more minutes. At this point the potatoes are browned but still pretty crunchy. Cover with a skillet or pot lid and allow them to continue to cook and steam for 5 – 10 more minutes (stir occasionally) until the outside is crunchy and the inside is tender.
Serve them hot and garnish with more rosemary or some fresh parmesan cheese.
In case you’re curious, we had these lovely side dishes along side some turkey meatloaf. It was delightful!!