Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs

Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs – This is a simple, elegant way to prepare baby potatoes, steamed or boiled. Think – steak dinner. Or roast chicken. You only need a little bit of butter. But you want lots of fresh herbs! Welcome back to Day 7 of the inaugural Holiday Salad Marathon, where I’m... Get the Recipe The post Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs appeared first on RecipeTin Eats.

Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs

Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs – This is a simple, elegant way to prepare baby potatoes, steamed or boiled. Think – steak dinner. Or roast chicken.

You only need a little bit of butter. But you want lots of fresh herbs!

Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs in a bowl ready to be served

Welcome back to Day 7 of the inaugural Holiday Salad Marathon, where I’m sharing 30 salads in a row through to Christmas Eve – just for something different to the usual sugar-loaded baking countdowns!!

Today:

Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs

I realise today’s recipe isn’t technically a salad as such, with no leafy greens in sight. But I consider it a staple potato side dish and it’s especially handy during the holiday season because it doesn’t involve use of the oven (valuable real estate during feasting season!). So I decided it’s a must share!

Fork picking up baby potatoes with butter

What you need for Butter Baby Potatoes with Herbs

Here’s all you need:

Ingredients in Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs
  • Baby potatoes / new potatoes – choose small ones that are the same size if you can, so they cook through in the same time without the skins bursting. The larger the potato, the more prone they are to the skin breaking when boiled or steamed;
  • Butter – just 2 tbsp / 30g is all you need. The idea with this recipe is that the potatoes are lightly coated with a slick of butter, as opposed to dousing. The potatoes won’t absorb any butter because we’re keeping them whole. It’s basically the polar opposite of intense buttery richness of Paris Mash, the ultimate mashed potatoes!
  • Herbs – my favourite combination is dill (for fresh flavour), chives (for a touch of oniony freshness) and parsley (for extra subtle freshness which doesn’t add too much extra flavour).

This potato recipe isn’t supposed to be rich and super buttery. It’s supposed to be simple, with just a light coating of butter on the potatoes, so they can be served with rich mains like steak, prime rib or crackling roast pork.


How to make Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs

The making part is as simple as:

  • Boil or steam potatoes until there’s no resistance when you pierce them with a knife;
  • Add butter, salt and pepper, toss until butter is melted and it coats the potatoes. Then add herbs just before serving – for maximum freshness impact!
Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs in a bowl ready to be served

The light coating of butter just adds a bit of flavour to the otherwise plain potatoes along with (of course) the hit of freshness from the herbs!

Because it’s not too heavy, it’s an ideal potato side for rich mains such as:

  • Butter Basted Steak
  • Prime Rib (Beef Standing Rib Roast)
  • Crackling Pork Roast
  • Roast Chicken

And again, because it’s not too heavy, it is also terrific to serve with seafood – any fish, prawns/shrimp, lobster, Morton Bay Bugs, Crab etc. Sensational side dish for a seafood platter, come to think of it, if you feel like splashing out!

No recipe video today, because it’s such a simple recipe. But if you really want one, ask nicely in the comments below and I will make one for you! – Nagi x

Baby Potatoes with Butter & Herbs
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Baby Potatoes with Butter & Fresh Herbs

This is a wonderful, elegant potato side dish that's not too rich so it's ideal to serve with rich mains like roasts, and light enough to serve with more delicate foods such as seafood (fish, prawns/shrimp, lobster, crab, mixed seafood platter!).
It's a classic side dish you will see offered at fine dining restaurants as a less heavy potato side compared to things like Paris Mash (the world's richest mashed potatoes!).
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Western
Keyword Baby potatoes, boiled potatoes, herb potatoes, potatoes with butter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 – 8 people
Calories 181cal
Author Nagi

Ingredients

  • 1kg/ 2 lb baby potatoes / new potatoes , about 3cm/1.2" round ideal (look for same size ones)
  • 1 tbsp salt , for cooking (Note 1)
  • 30g/ 2 tbsp unsalted butter (no need to melt)
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Fresh Herbs:

  • 2 tbsp fresh dill , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives , finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley , finely chopped

Instructions

  • Boil potatoes: Place potatoes in a large pot of cold tap water with 1 tbsp salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower heat to medium so they're simmering gently (this stops skin splitting). Cook for 10 – 15 minutes until there's no resistance when pierced with a knife. Alternatively, steam the potatoes.
  • Steam dry: Drain in colander then leave for a minute to let the potatoes steam dry (if wet, butter won't stick).
  • Toss with butter: Transfer to a bowl, add salt, pepper and butter. Toss to melt and coat.
  • Add herbs just before serving. Stir through, transfer to serving bowl and serve warm!

Notes

1. Salt for cooking is important here to get flavour into the potatoes for this otherwise simple dish. That’s why I prefer boiling rather than steaming.
2. Herbs – this is my favourite combination, with the fresh dill being the dominant flavour, chives for a subtle touch of freshness and parsley mostly for background freshness. Change it up to your taste! Thyme is especially wonderful with potatoes.
3. Serving & make ahead – best served warm. But can also serve at room temperature – just keep cooked potatoes in fridge, then bring fully to room temperature. Pour over melted butter, add herbs just before serving. Never serve cold – the butter will harden into clumps!
4. Nutrition per serving (5 people), assumes all butter is consumed which it won’t be because it doesn’t soak into potatoes or stick to the skin.

Nutrition

Calories: 181cal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 764mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 244IU | Vitamin C: 37mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

Life of Dozer

When I told him to STAY! outside a cafe. I was so impressed he was obeying him, I snapped this photo… but then two seconds later, he breached the barrier. Naughty boy!

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