August 15, 2006

New Potatoes Get a Facelift

I really enjoy finding new recipes for the same ole meal. Sometimes a new change is a good thing, but your classic meals are sometimes left untouched.

For instance: steak, new potatoes, homemade dinner rolls, side salad, creamed corn. This is my idea of a "classic" dish. But, finding a new way to make a new potato dish is something that in my opinion can be changed.

Usually, potatoes are just seasoned up with salt, pepper and butter or maybe Italian seasonings. Now, the dish is just fine as is, but think about other ways to cook potatoes.

I came across this recipe from Simply recipes and made it the other night for my husband along with a steak and a few other sides. I was amazed how easy the preparation and cooking was. This recipe is a now a hit in our house.

New Potatoes with Cheese and Tomatoes
by Simply Recipes
Here is a photo of the dish from Elise's blog

8 to 12 small red-skinned new potatoes
2 Tbsp butter
1 med yellow onion, finely chopped
4 large green onions, cut in 1-inch lengths
2 large fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Scrub the potatoes; do not peel. Place the potatoes in a large pan, cover with water and boil, covered, until tender when pierced, about 20 minutes. Drain and place in a serving container. Keep warm.

Melt butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and green onions and cook until limp. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Stir in the cream, cilantro, oregano, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste. While stirring, slowly add the cheese and cook until the cheese is melted.

Spoon the sauce over the potatoes.

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