CAN DO Woman Recipe – Easy Peasy Crispy Potatoes
Yummy potatoes that are already salted (no need for a shaker on the table), crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The steps are easy. If you can:
- Peel a potato (or use Yukons without peeling)
- Boil water
- Find your salt supply
- Have a little margarine in your refrigerator and a little olive oil in your cabinet
- Locate a spoon for stirring
- Have a baking sheet
- Turn on an oven to 450
THEN you can easily make this easy peasy crispy potato recipe.
As CAN DO Women, we figured out the concept of “pantry cooking” fairly early in the Covid-19 pandemic. Who wanted to go to the grocery store more often than necessary? Now I find myself looking back on those recipes I enjoyed so much that I want to repeat them frequently. Why this recipe?
CAN DO Woman Seeks Crispy Potatoes
I know. That header sounds like a Personals Ad. And in a way, it is almost true. Over the years, I’ve tried various ways to serve potatoes. My mother loved to make baked potatoes. She’d scrub and dry them, then oil the skins with a little olive oil. I always thought that olive oil was completely unnecessary until I tried the difference. Trust me. If you don’t use olive oil on your potato skins (especially if you like to eat the skins), you are in for a treat when you do.
My mother also made potato soup frequently. This was a great winter evening dinner. One of these days, I share her recipe. It is simple but if you don’t already have your favorite, then you’ll enjoy her recipe (modified by me, of course, since mine is vegan gluten free).
But I’ve had a longstanding hankering for crispy potatoes and that isn’t always easy to achieve. Sometimes a recipe is great the first time. I remember one that called for combining oil with pureed onions. It worked once but after that the result was soft not crisp.
So today’s recipe is one that works and works and works. If you want a potato on your plate that is crispy, give this a try.
I’m from Oklahoma and not all of my words and expressions are grammatically correct. So when I was told that I could/should use “crisp” instead of “crispy”, I acknowledged the error of my ways. I could agree that the “y” was unncessary. Of course, I went on using crispy, taking pleasure in the knowledge that crisp was shorter and would have done just as well. Crispy, it turns out, has been around since the 14th century. But that didn’t help my argument for its use.
It was a doughnut company that rescued me. If a company can get by with misspelling both crispy and cream (Krispy Kreme), I could certainly use crispy with abandon as I have done in this CAN DO Woman recipe.
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Finally, Here’s the Easy Peasy Crispy Potato Recipe
CAN DO Recipe - Easy Peasy Crispy Potatoes
- 1 Large Russet potato
- 1 Tbsp Margarine I use Earth Balance
- 1 Tbsp Olive oil
- 2-3 Tbsp Salt
- 6 cups Boiling water
- Clean and peel potato
- Potato into pieces (about ¾ inch)
- Salt to boiling water
- Potato pieces for 6 minutes
- Potato pieces
- Margarine and oil to potato in hot pan
- Potato pieces until coated with margarine and oil
- Potatoes on baking pan
- In 450° oven for 15 minutes, turn pieces over, return to oven for 12-15 more minutes until crisp on both sides.