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These cast iron roasted new potatoes are my favorite way to prepare potatoes. They have beautiful crispy skin with a perfectly cooked creamy center. Copious amounts of butter and simple seasoning make this potato dish perfect for any meal.

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Why cook with Cast Iron?

Cast iron pans get more use in my house than any other. I have many different shapes and sizes for all different dishes and recipes. Some I have purchased recently but my favorite are the ones passed down from my grandmother. Those cast iron skillets have to be the better part of a century but look as good as the day they were made. You need to treat your cast iron with care seasoning them, washing them properly and storing them in a dry environment.

About once a month normally on a Saturday I’ll oil up my cast iron skillets and set my oven to 450 degrees F. And let them go for a few hours. After that I turn off the oven and let them cool down until it’s time to put them away. I normally use avocado oil because of its neutral flavor and high smoke point. It’s not as cheap as grape seed or canola but it’s much less processed and a lot better for your body in my opinion. If you’re not lucky enough to have been gifted your grandmother's cast iron set, fear not I have a list of my most used cast iron that I think everyone needs.

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What are new potatoes?

Most people think of “New” potatoes as any potato that is small or not fully grown. Actually there’s a little more to it. Most potatoes are harvested then stored for weeks to heal any cuts or bruises and allow the peel to set before going to market. New potatoes are freshly dug or harvested and go straight to market without curing.

New potatoes tend to have a higher moisture content and a slightly sweeter flavor. They also have a higher nutrient density since they haven’t been stored for weeks before sale. The higher mineral content gives the potato a earthy flavor that can be slightly bitter

New potatoes can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks but it’s probably best to consume within 7 days for optimal taste and texture. If you store new potatoes in the fridge the natural starches will start to convert to sugar, adding even more sweetness. Refrigeration will also extend the shelf life of the potatoes but do not freeze.

Tips for perfect Roasted New Potatoes

I have 2 methods that I use to make roasted potatoes. Both are great and Will give you perfectly cooked potatoes every time. The first method is to boil the potatoes in salted water for about 12-15 minutes until just barely tender. Then shock them in cold water to halt the cooking process. Then I season the potatoes and place then in a preheated cast iron skillet and roast for another 12-15 minutes at 450 degrees F.

The second method which is what I used for this recipe today is to start the potatoes in a cast iron pan on the stove top. I season the potatoes with salt only and basically pan fry them until the skins of the potatoes begin to brown. Then I put the potatoes in the oven at 450 for about 20-25 minutes until fully cooked. After the potatoes are cooked I add more butter and other seasoning. I toss the potatoes in the butter then let them sit in there on their buttery bath.

Types of new potatoes best for Roasting 

You can find all different varieties of new potatoes at the grocery store these days. Different colors, textures and shapes but at the end of the day they’re all delicious. If you have a favorite type then by all means use that one. I mainly try to find a variety that has a thin waxy skin. Those tend to have a creamy center and crisp up nicely. You can find potato medleys that will have gold, red and purple potatoes.  Try to buy potatoes of similar size so the potatoes cook evenly. If a few of the potatoes are too big just cut the larger ones in half.

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roasted New Potatoes topped with fresh sliced scallions

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Cast Iron Roasted New Potatoes

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword Cast Iron, New Potatoes, Potato Recipes, Roated Potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 281kcal

Equipment

  • 12″ inch skillet

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash potatoes then set on paper towels and pat dry.
  • Place potatoes in a 12 inch cast iron skillet, add avacado oil, half stick of butter and half of the salt.
  • Cook the potatoes over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes turning occasionally until the skin of the potatoes begin to bister. Pace skillet in the oven set to 450 degrees F. Roast for 20-25 minutes until potatoes are fully cooked. Poke with a paring knife to check for doneness.
  • Remove potatoes from the oven and add remaining butter and seasoning. Garnish with fresh scallions

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 693mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 401IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition Facts
Cast Iron Roasted New Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 693mg30%
Potassium 725mg21%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 401IU8%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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For the Best July Yet, 8 Great Recipes for the Grill

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There’s no better month than July in North America to grill or smoke. With Independence Day entertaining now in the rear-view mirror, you can now focus on what you want to grill, whether it be a Beer Can Breakfast Burger for your fishing or camping buddies, fiery Nashville Hot Wings for a tailgate party, or Grilled Key Lime Mojitos and Jamaican Jerk Chicken for an authentic Caribbean blow-out. Make this a month to remember.

Beer-Can Breakfast Burgers
Savory pork, bacon, eggs, and cheese on an English muffin—this high-energy breakfast will fuel summer adventures for hours. They’ll be a hit in your back yard or at your campsite.

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Double-Grilled Summer Vegetable Frittata
Perfect for a weekend brunch or a weeknight dinner, this frittata features an array of grilled fresh vegetables that can change depending on what’s in season. Add meat, if desired—ham, cooked bacon, or chorizo or other sausage.

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Nashville Hot Wings
Incendiary Nashville Hot Chicken “takes wing” in this live fire interpretation. The wings get a double blast of heat from hot red pepper flakes and a cayenne-inflected baste. Said to be invented by a woman eager to take revenge on her tomcatting partner, her plan to turn his favorite fried chicken into a fiery weapon failed when he unexpectedly loved the very spicy chicken.

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Grilled Key Lime Mojitos
One theory about the origins of mojitos is that indigenous South American peoples made a medicinal concoction from limes, mint, and fermented sugar cane. Although a Havana bar disputes that. In any case, Steven’s version of a mojito, made with charred sugared limes, mint, rum, and club soda, will cure whatever ails you. Ernest Hemingway would approve.

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Cherry-Smoked Strip Steak with Cutting Board Sauce
If mastering the reverse-sear method of cooking thicker slabs of meat is on your bucket list this month, start with this recipe. (If you’re unacquainted with the technique, it involves a low and slow smoke with wood chips or chunks followed by a quick sear.) New York chef Adam Perry Lang gets the credit for developing this easy complementary board sauce using chiles, herbs, and meat juices.

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Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Were you aware that spicy foods actually help a body handle heat by causing it to perspire? Just look at the repertoire of hot foods in the world; they’re mostly from the steamier latitudes. Take Jamaican Jerk Chicken, for example. Steven’s version is super-authentic. Cooked over pimento wood (or alternatives), it’s a reason to party. Find pimento wood here.

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Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Golden Raisin Chimichurri
Line-caught swordfish is a summer staple in the Raichlen household. Though often served with grill-blistered cherry tomatoes and a green salad, Steven likes to mix things up by serving this meaty fish with a jewel-like chimichurri and golden raisins. Dinner party worthy? Hell, yes.

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Smoky Bourbon Peach Cobbler
This recipe, which came from our friend Russ Faulk, chief designer at Kalamazoo Gourmet, combines two Southern barbecue staples—fresh Georgia peaches and pecan wood. Ooops. Did we mention bourbon? Cooked in a cast iron skillet, it is a sublime example of cobbler and will wow summer guests. We’ve even been guilty of adding slivers of bacon to the filling. For more of Russ’s recipes, check out his book Food + Fire.

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Summertime Fresh Peach & Corn Salsa

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When peaches are in season you need to take full advantage and make this amazing Fresh Peach Salsa. The fresh Peaches are complimented by diced Roma tomatoes, red. onion, diced jalapeño and cilantro making this salsa a summertime staple.

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When are Peaches in Season?

Peach season can vary depending on the climate and the cultivator but generally peaches are in season from as early as may through the end of August. For me here in Maryland peaches truly hit there peak around the 4th of July and can last into early fall if the weather stays warm enough. In Georgia the season is much longer due to is southern climate making it one of the nations largest producers of peaches.

The Peach was first introduced to Georgia by Franciscan Monks in the 16th century but after the civil war peaches became a huge crop in the south as farmers moved away from cotton. At its peach Georgia produced over 8 million bushels in 1928 due to the invention of the refrigerated railcar.

Can I use Frozen or Canned Peaches to make Peach Salsa

Sure, you can do anything you want but for optimal freshness nothing beats using peaches while they're at their freshness. If they're not in season look for frozen organic peaches as your best alternative option. I try to avoid using canned peaches for this recipe because they're normally packed in a overly sweet syrup and the texture can be mushy.

Why I use Sherry Vinegar

Sherry vinegar is the best bang for your buck in my opinion. Balsamic vinegar gets all of the headlines but you're probably not even getting true balsamic vinegar. Authentic balsamic vinegar is made from pressed grapes and must follow rigid aging standards. This makes it insanely exspecive (up to $200 for a 4oz bottle). most balsamic vinegar you find on the shelves is nothing more than a base vinegar with color and sweeteners added.

Sherry vinegar is produced in Spain and much like balsamic vinegar is made to very specific specifications. However sherry vinegar can be purchased for very reasonable prices and much closer resembles the traditional methods of preparation. Sherry vinegar is aged for a minimum of 2 years and some can be aged 50 years or longer. I use sherry vinegar for all of my salad dressings, marinates and sauces. I think it has a far superior flavor over comparably priced balsamic vinegar.

What to serve Fresh Peach Salsa with

Fresh Peach salsa can really be served with anything but I really enjoy it with grilled chicken or chilled shrimp. You can also heat up the fresh salsa and serve it warm over grilled pork chops. For parties I love to just serve peach salsa along side my favorite corn tortilla chips paired with fresh guacamole. It's a very versatile salsa that really is a great step up from more traditional varieties.

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Fresh Peach Salsa

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword Peach, Salsa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 50kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Fresh Peaches Diced
  • 1 cup Roma Tomatoes Diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion Diced
  • 1/2 cup Shaved Corn
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup Sliced Baby Bell Peppers
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Jalapeno Diced
  • 1 tbsp Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Real Salt

Instructions

  • Remove the pit from the peaches and dice into small 1/4 inch pieces. Also dice your onions and tomatoes as well as chopping the cilantro and shaving the corn from the cob. Add all these ingredients to a large bowl
  • Add seasonings along with olive oil and sherry vinegar then fold until all ingredients are well coated. Chill for 30 minutes before serving. Will last up to one week in the fridge stored in an air tight container.

Notes

Serving size about 1/3 cup

Nutrition

Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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Whether its the peak of zucchini season or the dead of winter these Zucchini Fries with vodka sauce are a hit with friends and family alike.The crispy crunch of golden fried zucchini fries dipped in creamy homemade vodka sauce, what could be better.

How to Make Zucchini fries with Vodka Sauce

If we told you that fried foods can be healthy and still taste fresh and delicious, you wouldn’t believe us… right? If you don’t, then we’d bet our last Las Vegas chip that you’ve never tried zucchini fries before. What are zucchini fries? Our recipe takes tender slices of zucchini, hand dredged in tangy garlic and parmesan crumbs and deep-fried them to crispy perfection. 

These yummy fries are both creamy and crunchy at the same time, plus they count towards your daily serving of veggies! Tasty, carb-free and full of fiber… what’s not to like?

And that’s not all! Be sure to dip these babies into this creamy vodka sauce. Herby and fragrant with a sublime chilli kick, this sauce is simple to make and perfectly complements the crunchy mouthfeel of these divine zucchini fries. 

Once you’ve polished off the fries, if you want to drink the vodka sauce straight from the dish, we won’t tell anyone.

If you have friends coming over, these fries are perfect as a snack or an appetizer. Serve them with a few refreshing chilled beverages, or your favorite Brew, and you’re all set for the night.

Fries and ketchup just got fancy, people.

What are Zucchini?

Zucchini (also known as a courgette) is a summer squash. It’s got an extremely mild, fresh flavour and because it goes with everything it can be cooked a variety of different ways, whether grilled, roasted, sautéed or fried – you can even bake it into a cake or use it as a substitute for pasta. It’s the swiss-army knife of vegetables!

Low in calories and full of fiber as well as vitamins A, B and C, zucchini are super healthy, so you can eat these tasty fries without the guilt.

When are Zucchini in Season?

Although zucchini are available all year round, they come into season in the summer, between May and August, depending on where you live.

Zucchini thrive in warm soil and air, and one plant can produce up to a staggering ten pounds of fruit in one season! That means you can make a lot of zucchini fries!

How to pick and store Zucchini

When buying zucchini from the store or market, always go for smaller ones as they are much more tender and flavoursome. Large ones tend to taste watery and bland, which is not what you want when making fries.Avoid wrinkled zucchini or ones covered in scratches and cuts; this is a sign that they are past their prime and won’t taste as good.

The best way to store zucchini is to store them in your fridge in a plastic or paper bag. They’ll keep for up to two weeks, although the skin may shrivel up a bit.Store your zucchini whole until you’re ready to use them. Cutting them in advance will cause them to go stringy.

You can also freeze zucchini and they will keep for about three months. Slice them horizontally, boil them for two minutes and blanch them in ice water to help them keep their texture and colour. When you’re ready to make your fries just take them out of the freezer, let them defrost, pat away the excess liquid and you’re ready to go!

What is Vodka Sauce?

You may look at this recipe and go, “Hang on a moment, vodka sauce?! Wow, that sounds unusual!”. 

However, is it really not that weird? We use alcohol in cooking all the time to add extra flavor, from a splash of vermouth in a mushroom risotto or a glug of red wine in a spaghetti Bolognese.

Tomatoes and vodka are a classic flavor combination. They work really well together as the peppery vodka perfectly complements the sweetness of the tomato. Vodka also works to bring the heavy cream, parmesan and marinara in this sauce together, creating a heavenly flavor combination as well as a smooth and silky texture to dip your fries into.

And before you ask, the alcohol in the vodka is burned away when you simmer the sauce, so you can’t get drunk off shots of vodka sauce. Believe us; we’ve tried.

How to deep fry using a Dutch Oven

Not all of us have the luxury of a deep fat fryer at home, but this shouldn’t stop you from being able to create delicious deep-fried treats. We recommend using a Dutch oven to create these zucchini fries.

You may be used to searing meats and shallow frying in a Dutch oven, but you may be wondering how you can use one for deep frying. A Dutch oven is excellent for deep frying, as the deep walls will prevent potentially dangerous hot oil splashes, and the cast iron will help retain the heat for longer, meaning that you can fry in batches.

Heat your oil to temperature slowly and have a damp towel on hand in case of fire. Although these zucchini fries are incredibly delicious, we wouldn’t want you to burn your house down for them.

How much Oil Should you use to fry?

We’d recommend using about three inches of oil and frying your fries in batches. As tempting as it may be to throw all of your fries in at the same time to save time, this means that they won’t be as crispy, and nobody wants a soggy piece of zucchini as a snack.

You’ll want your oil to be at the right temperature before you start frying, otherwise your zucchini fries will absorb the oil and end up greasy and soggy. A great way to tell that your oil is ready to go is by throwing a small cube of bread into your Dutch oven. If it crisps up, you’re ready to start cooking!

You can use a variety of different utensils to take your fries out of the hot oil, from a strainer to a tong or slotted spoon. Of course, if you don’t have a Dutch oven or you want these zucchini fries to be healthier you can oven bake them instead, but come on, where is the fun in that?!

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Creamy vodka sauce served with zucchini fries

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Vodka Sauce

Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Vodka Sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 118kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan
  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 2 tbsp Diced Onion
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Chili Flakes

Instructions

  • in a saucepan over medium low heat sauté garlic and onions in butter along with chili flakes until softened. Deglazr pan with vodka and reduce until the alcohol has burned off.
  • Add heavy cream to the sauce pan and reduce by half, then pour in the marinara sauce and grated parmesan. Once sauce begins to simmer remove sauce from heat. Blend sauce until smooth and serve.

Notes

Serving size about 1/4 cup

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 541IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

crispy zucchini fries

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Crispy Zucchini Fries

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Fries, zucchini
Servings 8
Calories 225kcal

Ingredients

Flour Dredge

Egg Wash

Additional Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut Zucchini into roughly 3 inch by 1/2 inch fries. Toss fries with salt and let them sit for about 30 minutes. Rince under cold water then pat dry with paper towels.
  • Prepare the egg wash by combining Eggs, milk, hot sauce and italian seasoning. Next prepare the flour dredge by combining flour, corn starch and seasonings.
  • In a large wide pot fill about half way with oil and heat to 350 degrees F.
  • Place a handfull of zucchini fries in the flour dredges and coat throughly then coat in the egg wash and finally back in the flour dredge. Ten carfully place the fries in the oil making sure not to overcrowd the pot. Fries will take about 4-5 minutes per batch.
  • As easch batch is done pace fries on the cooling rack and season immediately with salt. Reapeat this prosess until all fries are cooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 973mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 2mg

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