Mrs. Burgerdogboy is strictly a meat and potatoes man, and I’m often “accused’ of not being creative enough in prep of that kind of cuisine. For a long time, my “go to” side was a roasted potato dish, seasoned with rosemary infused olive oil, and dashed with sprigs of fresh rosemary. We had a rosemary bush beside the house which was out of control at about six feet tall, so I was pushed to find as many uses as possible for the fragrant herb.
Couple years ago, on one of my trips through the back roads of America, I stopped and talked to a potato farmer in Idaho, who had changed up his crop to fingerlings only a couple seasons ago. Fingerlings are small, narrow, stubby potatoes, which can be bred from any member of the stem tuber family. Popular fingerlings include the yellow skinned Russian and the orange skinned French. There’s a purple one, too.
Fingerlings were starting to have a wider availability in stores, due to a higher price point than ‘regular’ potatoes can achieve.
I asked the farmer if he enjoyed eating them, and he confessed he did, and said he had a secret family recipe, which he would pass on if I promised not to share it. He did, and oh well…..here it is.
- Two pounds fingerling or baby Yukons
- 2 T EVOO
- 1 T honey
- 1 T Dijon mustard
- Chives, or diced green stems of onions
Wash potatoes, pat dry. Combine EVOO, honey, mustard, chives in a bowl, toss potatoes until thoroughly coated. Drop into a roasting pan, and cook at 425 for 40 minutes or until spuds can be easily pierced by a pork. Put into serving bowl, salt and pepper to taste, garnish with more chives.
Your family or guests will love these and demand the recipe. But don’t pass it on, it’s a secret!
fingerling potato recipe