Monday, March 29, 2010

Avery Won't Passover Easter Potatoes

Passover - to celebrate the Hebrews' escape from enslavement in Egypt.

Easter - to celebrate the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Spring - to celebrate the birth of chocolate bunnies!

Because Passover and Easter occur during the same week, let's pause for a moment and think about these holidays.

Candy doesn't quite set the mood, right?

Don't get me wrong. I love candy. Love it. I love creme eggs and chocolate bunnies and jelly bellys and chocolate gelt. But we can get lost in the sweet, the colorful, the fun and forget about the bittersweet. The reason for Passover and Easter. The faith, the passion, the turning point. The love, forgiveness, and hope.

For those of you who celebrate a religious holiday this week, may you find all that you seek.

For those of you who don't celebrate, may you also find what you seek.

And for those of you cooking dinner for your family and friends...

Here's my treat.

And it's not candy!

What tastes good with either brisket, lamb, or ham? Potatoes!

This week I decided that I really wanted to tweak those potatoes. Make them something special. Offer a side dish worth showing off, that is fresh tasting in honor of spring.

I bought a pound of small potatoes of various colors. Purple, gold, red with white centers. Pretty. And then I improvised with my favorites flavors adding, of course, cheese!

Avery Won't Passover Easter Potatoes


¼ cup chicken broth

¼ cup oil

¼ cup milk

¼ cup white wine

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

3 long springs of rosemary, cut into snips

4 tablespoons leeks, sliced (rinsed well!)

2 tablespoons shallots, diced

1 pound colorful small potatoes, rinsed and halved

1/2 cup shredded parmesan [Parmigiano Reggiano Mitica at Whole Foods]


Pour liquids and spices into a 2-3 quart baking pan. Layer the potatoes on top.

Cover with foil. Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

Remove from oven, remove foil.

Stir and top with ½ cup shredded parmesan

Return to oven. Broil for 5 minutes.

Adorn with sprig of rosemary.

These potatoes are melt in your mouth great and heat up well the next day.

* These also do well baked in individual ramekins.

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  1. The potatoes sound delicious! Question:
    How hot an oven should we use?
    tia/Marina in Eugene, OR

  2. Hi Avery! I love the colors in these potatoes--so springy looking. And the Parmesan cheese sounds like it goes perfectly with them!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. Aren't the colored potatoes fun? (And the blue ones become a different shade of blue when you boil them--cooking as entertainment.)

    Last year my potato planting was the most successful part of my garden. This year I'm planting ... red, white and blue potatoes!

  4. Tia/Marina - so sorry. I erased the degrees when I inserted a photo! Ooops. 325 degrees, not reinserted into the recipe. Thanks for pointing this out! Too much candy on the brain, perhaps.

    Sheila, I'm so impressed that you plant potatoes!


  5. OOOOh, these fast fingers. "Now" inserted into the recipe. My, my.
    I'm on west coast time. Does that count for my errors? Sorry.

  6. Avery, those colorful potatoes even look like spring candy. I bet children would love eating them.

    ~ Krista

  7. Gorgeous colors! Perfect coverage of the week's celebrations, too. Eat with joy!

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  8. Avery - these are gorgeous! What a wonderful recipe - and it sounds delicious. I missed you guys last week. Nice to be back and to get such a wonderful recipe to start the week!


  9. Those potatoes are lovely! And they sound scrumptious!

  10. Sounds yummy. We had our Passover dinner last night, but I made a bed of "stuffing" out of matzo based on a Frugal Gourmet recipe. Everyone loved it, and it's super easy. It would work well with traditional bread cubes as well.