How bout them taters? I always wonder about the origin of that question. I can’t remember the first time I heard it. And why is about spelled bout? I tried searching for who said it first or where it came from but to no avail. Perhaps one day I’ll find the answer to those and more questions. Meanwhile, I’ll just have to keep enjoying taters in lots of different ways. I’ve even been a little creative lately and that is how Creole Spiced Potato Bake came about.
Why did I get creative? Well, there’s this potato recipe contest. It’s by the Idaho Potato Commission for the Food Wine Conference. The winning recipe gets a big prize: $500 plus a full conference ticket and the recipe is featured on their website. I missed entering the contest last year and I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to win this year. Update: Contest has ended.
Family-style shareable potatoes is the contest theme. The very first thing that popped into my mind was the Roasted Potatoes with Onion and Bacon my dad would make. I used the simple concept of it and built on it with ingredients in my pantry and fridge. A container of Creole seasoning caught my attention. Then a bowl of lemons started me thinking of a citrus aspect. I thought butter would pair better with lemons than bacon fat. So the concocting process started and shortly thereafter I had a finalized recipe.
Creole Spiced Potato Bake is easy to put together. It’s a simple matter of peeling, chopping, stirring, and baking. As it bakes, the potatoes are infused with a touch of Creole and brightened with citrus. Onion and garlic bring their usual goodness to the flavor party too.
About the Food and Wine Conference: It is an incredible event filled with educational sessions for food bloggers, writers, photographers, and authors. It is at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando. The meals are a real highlight. This year the Idaho Potato Commission is sponsoring a poutine bar lunch in conjunction with Wisconsin Cheese. Last year Idaho Potato brought their Big Idaho Potato Truck. It is so big I couldn’t even get all of it in the photo.
What really makes the conference special? It is the attendees. People from all walks of life come together to share their own experiences and learn from each other. Friendships are made. Smiles are countless and never ending. Most importantly, they all are generous with their knowledge. People help each other to reach success and support each other along the way.
Wish me luck in the contest. Join me at the conference too. You can find more information on the Food Wine Conference website. You can also enter to win any of the recipe contests. There’s big prizes and more contests to come. Note that contest winners must be in attendance at the conference to receive the prizes. Oh and a couple other recipes with Idaho potatoes I’ve made are BLT Potato Salad Stacks and Chocolate Potato Skull Cake.
Creole Spiced Potato Bake
- 4 large Idaho® russet potatoes
- 1 small onion chopped
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons Creole seasoning
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish optional
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces. Place potato pieces in a large bowl.
Add onion, garlic, Creole seasoning, lemon zest, lemon juice, and butter. Toss to combine.
Place mixture in a lightly greased 2-quart casserole dish.
Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender.
Garnish with chopped parsley (if using).
Creole Spiced Potato Bake is a family-style side dish of potatoes flavored with creole seasoning, onion, garlic, and lemon baked.