With the great sales around here on potatoes lately, I knew that I needed to find a new way to serve them other than mashed, baked or fried. Even though Hubby and the boy probably could care less, I love change. I thrive off of it. Do you think this explains why I make so many new recipes? I do.
The idea for the box car potatoes actually came from an episode of Guy’s Big Bite. I didn’t remember how he made the potatoes, but I remember he cut them into a box shape and put them in a wide skillet. When I went to look for the recipe, I couldn’t find it on the food network site. I had to use my own noggin on this one.
Here’s what I came up with:
5 thin-skinned medium starch potatoes(eastern, yukon, whatever you have)
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
10 pats(5 tbls) of butter or margarine
2 tsp salt(I use seasoned salt)
1 tsp pepper
Cut the sides of the potato so they turn into a “box car” shape. I used my longer, rectangular potatoes for this recipe.
Now, cut the potato into 1/2 inch slices, place into a shallow skilletthat’s been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and tilt them slightly, like dominos.
Repeat 4 more times( or 9, if you’re doubling the recipe P) and your skillet should look like this:
Once all the potatoes are in, turn heat to medium and slowly pour in your half cup of broth…
Evenly sprinkle your salt and pepper over the potatoes, cut pats of butter in half and dedicate one half of a pat to one half of a potato. Kind of like this:
Once the broth comes to a boil(see above), put on the lid(see below), turn the heat to low and let them simmer and steam for about 15 minutes or until fork-tender.
Sorry I don’t have a “finished product” picture for you all. The potatoes, veggies and meatloaf all finished at the same time, and I took that as a Holy sign that we needed to sit and eat right then. Of course, the potatoes were the first to go. Maybe next time!
This is such a simple recipe, with simple flavors, but will knock your socks off at how yummy it is. If you want a bit of a kick, sprinkle a little cayenne pepper on top of the potatoes when you add the salt and pepper. Hubby loved the “kick” the second time I made these. Hope you all enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you!