Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Easy Dinner Potatoes

Here's a recipe I threw together out of desparation. We had just come back from vacation and things were still chaotic, but I was tired of take-out, so I whipped this recipe up so as to avoid ordering out yet again. An added bonus: even though the cooking time is not quick, I consider this to be one of my "easy" dishes, because the main part can be already prepared for you in the form of the diced fresh potatoes. (On this particular day, I used diced prosciutto that was also pre-packaged.)  So prep time is at a minimum...but your house will smell so good as it bakes that your family will think you slaved over this dish! ;)


1 pkg (20 oz) Simply Potatoes brand Diced Potatoes with Onion
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2-3 cloves (1 Tbsp) garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp thyme
1 Tbsp paprika
2 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
½ tsp coarse ground black pepper (or to taste)
2-3 Tbsp canola oil
C parmesan cheese
3-4 oz finely chopped pancetta (or diced regular bacon or prosciutto)

Combine spices in a small bowl; set aside.  In a medium bowl, combine potatoes with canola oil. Mix well so that all the potatoes are coated. Add garlic, then spices.  When potatoes are evenly coated with spices, add parmesan cheese, stirring again, then the pancetta.

Spray the bottom of a 9x9-in glass pan with cooking spray, then spread potato mixture evenly in pan. Bake at 375°F for 45 minutes; if tops are not nicely browned, broil on low for an additional 5 minutes.  Potatoes are done when the ones in the middle are fork-tender.

Makes 8-10 servings.


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