Monday, December 22, 2008

Roasted Potato Bites (Holiday Appetizer)

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potato mortadela 1 potato veg


I love this snack. It's perfect for a Holiday party like ours when people are coming straight from work, and therefore, hungry... Potatoes are filing, but this small bites are also cute and easy to make.  A few things will make this appetizers extra nice ad not just some ordinary potatoes:

Good butter - don't skimp on this. I used salted, Irish butter that tastes great.

Fresh herbs - makes all the difference. Dry herbs are always a substitute, but if you can, try using fresh ones here.

Roasting technique - covering the potatoes with foil will prevent them from burning and overcooking. Removing the foil at the right time (towards the end of the roasting time) will result in golden potatoes crunchy on the outside and soft in the inside.


Roasted Potato Bites Recipe:

For the potatoes:


Small (baby) potatoes

Butter, room temperature

Fresh herbs, chopped ( I used a combination of rosemary, thyme and oregano)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Wash the potatoes, dry and slice in half. Place it in a sheet pan lined with foil. Toss butter and herbs with potatoes. Drizzle some olive oil, not too much. Season with salt and pepper. The  amount of salt will depend on the  type of butter you use  - salted or not.

Cover baking sheet with foil and place it in the oven. Roast until potatoes are  slightly undercooked. Remove foil, give it a quick toss and continue roasting until the potatoes look golden and are cooked through.


For the toppings:


These potatoes can be topped with all kinds of good stuff. For the party I made  two types:

Mortadela slices, sour cream (or cream fraiche) and snipped chives.

Sun-dried tomato, fresh basil and sour cream.

Other ideas:

Fresh mozzarella and a drizzle of pesto

Goat Cheese and  sliced, roasted beets

Chicken or tuna salad (the type made with mayo)


LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Cute snacks!! :-)

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Yum! What a good idea. Sundried tomato and pesto potatoes for me please! Happy New Year Rita!

Rita said...

Happy New Year to you too Holler!!

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