Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Garlic Home Fries - Pure Garlic Potato Love

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Garlic Home Fries - Fried Potatoes with Garlic

Amazing.  Awesome.  Love.  Just a few words to adequately describe today's post.  The recipe, you ask?  Yes... the recipe.  But also the original blogger.

Today I bring you the October edition of my favorite group of food bloggers, the Blogger C.L.U.E group.  A wonderful group of ladies working together on a monthly theme while investigating one of the other member's blogs to find a recipe to meet that theme - This month our theme brings "Fall Recipes".

Years ago when I started blogging I met Christiane, The Mom Chef of Taking on Magazines.  And while we've never actually met in person, she's a friend.

Canadian Geese... I love them!
I've watched years of seasons pass on the other side of the country (spider season comes and goes), I've seen her daughter grow into a young lady, I've followed her travels and enjoyed tales of family visits.  I love the Canadian Geese that float on her lake (well... the lake in her neighborhood) and wander in her front yard, I don't understand why she doesn't really like chocolate, but I enjoy hearing about the thunderstorms she loves so long as they are not over me (we don't get those in San Diego).

You see, Christiane has an amazing heart.  She's full of love, humor, and passion, and pure and simple, she's just a really wonderful person.  And she takes the mystery out of recipes.  Her blog, Taking on Magazines, tests recipes from popular magazines in a real kitchen... one with interruptions, pets under foot, a daughter needing help with one thing or another and real ingredients that don't come pre-measured or prepped.

Describing the process, bringing a verdict and telling you what she would do differently next time helps incredibly, and on more than one occasion she's made a recipe I've had earmarked and with her advice I've avoided issues that may have occurred had I simply followed the original recipe in the magazine.

Occasionally her daughter gets in on the action, and I feel like I know this little girl as I've seen her grow through her videos.  Full of humor like her mom, Dudette will tell it like it is, and she will always make you smile.


Dudette bringing her verdict on Caramel Banana Pecan Bread Casserole

And today in addition to introducing you to Christiane, I bring you a fabulous recipe - Garlic Home Fries - originally from The Food Network Magazine, April 2015.  While the recipe may have been from April, it screams fall to me.  With the Idaho potato harvest occurring as I type, potatoes bring a hearty, warm side to any meal, and on occasion (like today) become a meal on their own.
 
Garlic Home Fries - Fried Potatoes with Garlic
We have a favorite restaurant here in Carlsbad, The Naked Cafe, which serves similar potatoes.  I've tried to recreate them at home to no avail.  Liv's comments are always noncommittal, but I know that they don't live up to the restaurant version.  Frankly, I think it's my trying to "healthify" them that makes them suffer (one really does need oil/butter to crisp potatoes).

So today I followed Christiane's recipe and actually used butter and olive oil.  And garlic.  And oh my heavens!  These potatoes totally rock.
 
Crispy on the outside (I will crisp even more next time) and fluffy inside, the garlic stirred in at the last minute is positively swoon-worthy.  Liv smiled in appreciation, and while they still aren't exactly like the restaurant, they are the closest thing we've had, and we'll have them again.  The Verdict?  This recipe is a keeper.  Just like Christiane.

Now join me as we travel the world to see what other Blogger C.L.U.E members are bringing for Fall Recipes!
  
  • Apple Coffee Cake by Jean from Lemons and Anchovies
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  • Applesauce Cranberry Bundt Cake by Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
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  • Baked Squash Stuffed with Homemade Applesauce by Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme
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  • Banana Peanut Butter Chip Muffins by Confessions of a Culinary Diva
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  • Braised Chicken Leg Quarters by Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm
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  • Brussels Sprouts with Harissa, Honey and Lime by Stacy from Food Lust People Love
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  • Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins by Lora from Cake Duchess
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  • Creamy Butternut Squash Soup by Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
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  • Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup by Christiane from Taking on Magazines
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  • Frangelico Squares by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
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  • Garlic Home Fries by Kim from Liv Life
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  • German Apple Pancake by Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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  • Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes by Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook
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  • Hot Curried Chicken Salad by Debra from Eliot's Eats
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  • Pumpkin Bran Muffins by Anna from annaDishes
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  • Pumpkin Bread with Pumpkin Ale by Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
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  • Pumpkin Palmiers by Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
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  • Raspberry Cointreau Syllabub by Kate from Kate's Kitchen
  •    
  • Witchy Finger Cookies by Sue from A Palatable Pastime



  • Garlic Home Fries - Fried Potatoes with Garlic
    Garlic Home Fries
    Crispy on the outside, fluffy and tender in the middle all surrounded by garlic love.  These potatoes are totally swoon-worthy!
    Food Network Magazine, April 2015 - via Taking on Magazines

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    Kosher salt
    2 lbs red bliss or yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch dice
    2 Tbs unsalted butter
    2 Tbs good quality olive oil
    1/2 onion chopped
    1/2 tsp paprika
    1 clove garlic (we used 2!)
    1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (I used basil - because I forgot to get parsley at the store)
    freshly ground pepper
    salt to taste
    chopped scallions for garnish

    Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Add the potatoes and cook over medium-high heat just until tender.  About 6 minutes; drain.

    Heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron skillet (I don't have cast iron... used stainless).  Add the potatoes and spread into a single layer. Cook undisturbed until the potatoes begin to brown on the bottom, about 5 minutes.  Add the onion and sprinkle with paprika.  Flip the potatoes and cook 5 minutes more.  

    While potatoes are cooking, chop the garlic and parsley (or basil).  Mash together and finely mince, set aside.

    Stir the potatoes, then cook until the potatoes are nicely browned and crisped.  Add the garlic and stir, cook about 2 minutes longer until fragrant and heated through.

    Serve with chopped scallions, and salt and pepper to taste.
    Garlic Home Fries - Fried Potatoes with Garlic

    19 comments:

    1. I've got a huge sack of Colorado new potatoes that I'm going to try this with. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

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      1. Sounds like you are ready for potato season as well!

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    2. Oh, my friend, I can't stop this ear-to-ear grin that you put on my face. I love you, you know.

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    3. Aw, you described Christiane perfectly!!! And these potatoes??? They'd be a hit at my house, too!

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      1. She's just one amazing person! One day I'm going to meet her in person, and see those geese!

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    4. Delicious!!! Going on the menu soon in this house.

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      1. It's been a repeat on our menu this week. Twice!

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    5. What could be better than home fries that are crisp on the outside, tender to the bite and flavored with garlic? Not much. These are a must try!

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    6. Those look delicious! Fantastic recipe :)

      Happy Blogging!
      Happy Valley Chow

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    7. I really love reading about the friendships and connections in this fabulous group of bloggers! And it's especially fun when two of my favorite bloggers are paired up and they make delicious food like these potatoes! :)

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    8. What a perfect Autumn selection for this month's theme. Looks so tasty. I could eat a whole pan of these tasty delights. LOVE!

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    9. I love home fries and am always disappointed when I order them at a restaurant. I don't know why it's never occurred to me to make my own - then I can crisp them to my personal preference.

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    10. This post was so nice to read, Kim. You did such a great job explaining a friendship with someone you've never met and know so very well. I love Christiane's blog...always so much deliciousness to explore and those fried look great!

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    11. Love Christianne's blog! Love this dish, too!

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    12. Potatoes so often overlooked as an autumn food but yes it is! I'll take mine on the weekend with poached eggs please! :)

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    13. Oh these look sooo yummy!i would love to try making some of these at home :) Thanks for this recipe

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