Sunday, June 14, 2009

Don't Super Size! Have Super Sides!

There are times when the star of the meal isn't the entrée. While my pork was lovely (note the perfect grill marks!), these sides should be Oscar winning supporting actors!

For this post, I'll just tell you about these simple, super sides! Crash Hot Potatoes from The Pioneer Woman (what food blogger hasn't done these beauties?) and Steamed Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon, Wine Butter.

There are not enough superlatives to describe these potatoes. Words fail me. And for those of you who know me, THAT is saying something!

Crash Hot Potatoes:

Here's a printable version

Several Smallish Potatoes, red or russet
Olive Oil
2-3 Sprigs Rosemary

Preheat oven to 450º F

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook until fork tender.

Drizzle baking sheet with olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the baking sheet, leaving plenty of room in between. With a potato masher, gently press down on each potato until it smashes. Rotate the sheet 90 degrees and smash again. Brush the tops of each potato with olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper and chopped fresh rosemary (or whatever herbs you desire). Bake in oven until golden brown.

Steamed Asparagus with Garlic, Lemon, Wine Butter:

3 Tbs butter
1 Clove Garlic, pressed or finely diced
Juice of 1/2 Lemon, and a titch of zest
2 Tbs Dry White Wine
Kosher Salt & Fresh Cracked Pepper

Arrange the asparagus in a microwaveable dish.

Melt the butter in a small sauce pan. Add the garlic and saute for about 2 minutes over medium/high heat. Add lemon juice, zest and wine.

Pour over the asparagus. Add salt and pepper. Microwave on medium high for about 2 minutes or until asparagus is steamed, but still crisp.

Plate and serve. Also, I normally serve the Crash Hot Potatoes with a little ramekin of sour cream. Nom!

Now, doesn't that beat a Hardee's biggie burger and fries? With a meat mallet!?

A side note about the Crash Hot Potatoes: Every single person I have pointed in the direction of this recipe has made them at least three times in a row! They are just that delicious! Try 'em! You'll like 'em!



Melissa said...

I often enjoy the sides more, being the vegetable lover I am. The crash hot potatoes... I made them once and messed them up. God, don't ask hahaha. But I know they're wonderful. You did them so perfectly.

Paula Dines said...

Melissa...Thanks! We're on the same page with the vegetable love. I could go meatless many nights, buy my husband wouldn't like it as well.

And you totally cannot come in here and say, "don't ask..." because I have to know now! :D What happened?

Melissa said...

I didn't cook them long enough. I mean, seriously, that was a moment of embarrassing stupidity. So they weren't tender. Ugh. I need to do them again. I really have come a long way since then... one would hope. ;)

Paula Dines said...

Oh, well that's nothing! You had me really wondering!

Like, what EXACTLY does "fork tender" mean? That's an easy mistake.

You really should do them again.