Ok, this one is super-easy and ready in about 30-45 minutes.
What you need:
*5 large red potatoes (with skins, they’re the healthiest part!)
*3 or 4 heaping Tbsp extra-virgin, unrefined coconut oil
*2 or 3 tsp extra-virgin, unrefined red palm oil
Note: You can use olive oil instead of coconut and palm if you prefer, but I’d use less of the olive oil. The reason I use the palm at all is for the olive oil flavor. But you have to use palm oil very sparingly, or the olivey flavor overpowers everything else. So I use mostly coconut with the palm thrown in for flavor. I wouldn’t use canola or another flavorless oil.
*2 to 4 cloves garlic to taste (I use 4), chopped roughly – not too small
*3 serrano peppers, cut up but not too small or they burn (optional)
*3 shallots (optional)
*Kosher salt to taste (remember if you normally cook with table salt, you will use less of the Kosher salt, because it’s more vibrant in flavor)
*Fresh ground or cracked black pepper to taste
*Any other spices you want to use — I used dried dill this week, and they were even yummier, but they are perfectly yummy with just the salt & pepper. Old Bay would probably be good, too. Basil. Chili powder. Curry. Whatevs.
What you do:
This is the part I never do the same: heating the oven. I can never remember whether to do 325 or 375, so lately I’ve just been setting it to 350. That works fine. I put about half of the coconut oil on the bottom of the baking dish (9×13-ish), and I don’t melt it first — that would just be one more dish to wash. Add the potatoes, garlic, serranos, shallots — I kind of layer. Potatoes, then the other stuff, then potatoes. Top with globs of the rest of the coconut oil & the palm oil (spread out the globs). Top with salt, pepper, and spices.
Pop the dish into the oven, and stir every five or ten minutes. Make sure you stir the stuff at the bottom of the dish, too, or the garlic and peppers like to stick and burn. Potatoes are done in 30-45 minutes. We like them plain or dipped in Maull’s BBQ sauce.
Oh. Funny story. The other night Frank was helping with dinner, and I had emailed him very specific instructions, because I was working late. I even said in the email, “When you open the oven to stir the potatoes, don’t stick your face right in it, because you’ll burn your face off. Open the oven, back off, and then move closer after a few seconds.” Our oven really hits you in the face if you open it while it’s on. So I got home and helped him get everything into the oven. Then I went to Wiirk Out (update on that tomorrow). While I was working out, I reminded him to stir the potatoes. This happened:
SARAHK: Did you burn your face off?
FRANK: Oven hot.
SARAHK: I told you.
FRANK: I didn’t hear you. Oven hot.
SARAHK: I told you in the email. You read the email, right?
FRANK: It was long.
He’s so cute.