Cooking is a process. Simmering, roasting, freezing, blanching, baking, and frying are just some of the way food is prepared for consumption. The blending of ingredients through these processes combines flavors and textures to give a taste experience different from the individual components. As with many things in the modern world, some of those processes are done for us to make food more convenient. Science and technology allow convenience food to be produced that will last for months or years. We utilize many convenience products in our home cooking. However, what if we explored going back to basics with using only unprocessed food? It is what I did with these Spicy Smashed Fingerling Potatoes.
How is unprocessed food defined? There are various answers to that question. For me, it is any food or product available that the ingredient list does not have mystery chemicals or products you cannot purchase as an individual food item at the grocery store or market. Strictly unprocessed would be too extreme and difficult for most people including me.
Spicy smashed fingerling potatoes are made with unprocessed ingredients. Potatoes, jalapeño pepper, and parsley are tossed with a dressing made of olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, onion, honey, and mustard. Seasonings are simply salt and pepper. The dressing soaks into hot potatoes through the gaps in the skin made by smashing them. Be sure to gently toss the potatoes because they will easily break apart.
Are you interested in more unprocessed food recipes? Scroll down to find a big list of ones by Sunday Supper contributors. Also look at my Golden Morning Glory Muffins for a delicious breakfast. Oh, and special thanks to DB aka Foodie Stuntman of Crazy Foodie Stunts for hosting this event.
- 1½ pounds fingerling potatoes
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon pepper, divided
- 2 jalapeño peppers
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced sweet onion or shallot
- 1 garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
- ¼ cup lightly packed chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Slice any large potatoes in half lengthwise. Toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place potatoes on a baking sheet.
- Roast until golden brown and tender, about 30 to 35 minutes, tossing once during roasting. Use a heavy spatula to lightly flatten (smash) potatoes.
- Make the dressing while the potatoes are roasting.
- Thinly slice 1 jalapeño pepper (using a mandoline recommended). Place jalapeño slices in a large bowl.
- Seed and mince remaining jalapeño pepper. Place in a blender along with lime juice, sherry vinegar, onion, garlic, honey, mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Blend on high speed until liquefied.
- Reduce blender speed to low and slowly pour in remaining ¼ cup olive oil.
- Place smashed potatoes in the bowl with jalapeño slices. Add parsley.
- Pour dressing on top. Gently toss to combine (potatoes are soft so be careful or they will break apart). Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving for potatoes to soak in dressing. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Delicious food made with unprocessed ingredients – that is what this list is all about. There are so many great recipes to make. Join me in discovering what could be new family favorites.
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