Classic Mediterranean flavors mixed with roasted potatoes make a potato side dish you can be proud of. Rosemary, olive oil and paprika perfectly compliments a new world classic.
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The aroma of sautéed onions was always unmistakeable in our house. There was meaning behind the aroma, a hope, an expectation that delicious fried onions and potatoes would soon emerge from the kitchen with a call from mom to ‘come ‘n get it’. Imagine 3 elementary school-aged children, 2 older boys and yours truly vying for the lions share of the culinary loot. I was small, the youngest, but I could hold my own.
I present you with a simple, yet delicious Mediterranean version of this family dish. This recipe doesn’t have onions although they would be a delicious addition if you choose. This version is a fully cooked potato dish due to its two-step cooking method. No raw potatoes here, rest assured. The seasonings, olive oil, rosemary and smoked paprika is what makes it Mediterranean. Potatoes, originally from Peru, made it’s way across the pond about 400 years ago and is now a staple in most cuisines around the world, except Asia. It is even served in Antartica, although imported I assume.
I was spoiled in Texas, I know. Rosemary was a delightful weed and ground cover you could always count on, 365 days per year. A 1 quart plant purchased at a nursery turns into a 6 foot bed of deliciousness in 3 years. Drought tolerant, scorch tolerant, an absolute delight in Texas. Here in Utah, however, quite a different story. I grew it in a pot, attempted to over-winter it inside but the result was a wimpy, dormant plant that might recover and yield some aromatic deliciousness. I am not willing to risk it, I bought a new one last week, not a puny 1 pint plant but a 3 gallon dinosaur in a pot. I will use it all in the next 8 months, nurture it, baby it, give it the respect it is due. Nothing but the best fish fertilizer for my baby. That is how I feel about rosemary. This dish honors my love of all things rosemary, olive oil and smoked paprika, in fact that’s about all there is to this dish. Simple…perfect…delicious.
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