I got some coupons for free and discounted Private Selection produce for this MyMagazine Sharing Network mission.
I had initially intended to blog about a vegan mushroom ravioli recipe, but that was an unmitigated disaster. No fault of the mushrooms of course and probably not the fault of the recipe either.
Rather than write about that disaster, I decided to go to a plan B. When I was shopping for the mushrooms, I noticed Kroger’s Private Selection produce included fingerlings and purple potatoes, which are both products I have never worked with before. I was intrigued, so I picked up a one pound bag of each and then searched the Internet for a recipe to use them in.
I needed a side item for some veggie burgers I was planning to make, so I settled on a recipe for Crisp Garlic Oven Fries from Barefoot in the Kitchen. For the full recipe, please visit the above link.
This recipe requires just a few simple ingredients: salt, pepper, oil, garlic powder and potatoes.
The prep was also pretty simple. I washed and quartered the potatoes, and then tossed them with oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.
Once all the ingredients were tossed together, I spread the potatoes out on an oiled baking sheet and seasoned with some additional salt and pepper.
Next, I put them in a 425 degree oven, for about 25 minutes. Some of the potatoes were still pretty raw at that point, so I ended cooking them an additional 15-20 minutes. Once the potatoes were tender, I cooked them under the broiler for another 3 minutes or so, to crisp them up.
The finished product wasn’t quite as crispy as I had hoped. It’s possible I should have let them broil another minute or two, but they were still tasty. The flavor was not really any different from any other potato, but it made for a more colorful dish. If you added in some white potatoes, this would make a fun side dish for a 4th of July picnic.
I doubt I’ll start using these potatoes on a regular basis, but they are a fun option if you’re looking for a little something different in terms of presentation. The Private Selection brand is a nice option to have for this sort of speciality item, that you don’t always find in your typical grocery store produce section.