Rosemary potatoes are potatoes that are usually diced; coated with olive oil; seasoned with rosemary; and then baked, fried, or grilled. They can also be crushed. The dish offers many health benefits, especially if the vitamin-packed skin is left on the potatoes rather than peeled. Furthermore, rosemary itself is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as B6, iron, and calcium. There are many variations to plain rosemary potatoes, such as adding other vegetables or spices, thereby changing the flavor and texture of this side dish.
Rosemary potatoes are more nutritious when the skin is left on.
Regardless of the cooking method, the steps to prepare rosemary potatoes are generally the same. Potatoes are typically rubbed to remove any dirt or debris from the skin. After washing them with water, they are usually cut into pieces about 1 inch (2.54 cm) or smaller. At that time, they can be soaked in a container of cold water; soaking the potatoes allows them to become crispier when cooked.
Rosemary is a popular seasoning for meats and potatoes.
The most basic recipes for rosemary potatoes simply coat red, russet, sweet, or fingerling potatoes with olive oil and dried or fresh rosemary. In some cases, other spices may be added, such as garlic, salt, and pepper. At that point, they can be roasted in an oven, fried on a stovetop, or grilled. If grilled, the potatoes can even be skewered on a sprig of fresh rosemary. In general, potatoes should be soft on the inside and crisp on the outside after cooking.
Potatoes that are soaked first will be crispier when cooked.
There are also recipes for rosemary mashed potatoes. Typically, a person will prepare potatoes the same way they would plain mashed potatoes. You can boil the potatoes, microwave them, or use a slow cooker until the potatoes soften. When the potatoes are ready to mash, the cook will usually add milk, butter, rosemary, salt, and pepper. They will then mash them until they reach the desired consistency.
There are countless variations that can be used when making rosemary potatoes. For example, other vegetables, such as asparagus or broccoli, can be cooked together with potatoes. Other spices, such as curry powder, paprika, or even a Cajun seasoning, can be used in conjunction with rosemary to give it a different flavor.
With the skin on, most potatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron. They also contain significant amounts of fiber. Sweet potatoes, with their bright orange flesh, are also high in beta-carotene. When mixed with the vitamins and minerals found in rosemary, including vitamin B6, calcium, and iron, this side dish can be quite a nutritious option.