Friday, October 2, 2009

Rock Potatoes

On yet another rainy, cold day here in Seattle....oh, wait, I'm not in Seattle, am I? Well, I could be forgiven for my confusion. We haven't hit 50 in probably 2 weeks, and might have seen the sun for parts of 3 days. So, let me start over...

On yet another rainy, cold day here in the formerly sunny Northeastern United States, one needs a good, warm meal. What's better than roast beef?
Roast beef and rock potatoes seemed to fill the bill.

Probably many of you have had some variation on rock potatoes. You just don't know my kids, so are unaware that since they look like rocks, and are vaguely hard on the outside, these potatoes are really rocks. Not being a huge fan of potatoes myself, I have to admit that these are pretty good. But, mostly, they're pretty easy.

ROCK POTATOES

3 to 5 pounds redskinned potatoes
kosher salt or sea salt
2 finely minced onions

1/4 cup oil
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp paprika

Put the potatoes in the roasting pan in which you intend to cook your meat. Spread the minced onion over them (I nearly liquefy my onion in the food processor), then pour the oil over top. Sprinkle lightly with salt, then use copious amounts of garlic powder, oregano and paprika. Using your hands, mix the whole thing together, then push the potatoes to the outside to make room for the roast. Plop the roast in the middle, and rub it with your oily, spicy hands. Put in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes to get the browning started, then drop the temperature to 325F and cook until done. After you remove the roast beef, return the potatoes to the oven until dinner is ready to be served. Add a green veggie to your plate, and enjoy!

19 comments:

Anette said...

Oh I do like the look of that! Those potatoes.. sigh...

Paula said...

I'll have me some rock potatoes! Those potatoes and that roast beef wouldn't last 2 minutes in my house. Sometimes I wonder if my brood even bothers to chew; they seem to just inhale their food. The beans would be left untouched, but that works for me as I like beans and would be very happy to eat whatever is left! :-)

Katherine Aucoin said...

YUM, I sure could go for this right now whith this cold rainy day we're having.

Nichole said...

Yummy! I make oven roasted potatoes in much the same way (varying the seasonings)...

Sam said...

That looks delicious! I could go for a nice plate of warm roast beef right now..

Pam said...

I love potatoes like that. The rare beef looks mighty tasty too.

prairierunner said...

Serve me up some of that!! it looks SO good.

buffalodick said...

I don't much like potatoes, but those could win me over! That looked just right!

Channon said...

Oh how I wish I could have that - all of it - for dinner! Instead, I think Gretchen and I will be making broccoli cheese soup.

Mickle in NZ said...

My kind of roast! The beef looks delicious - still pink in the middle = super yummo and tender. A far cry from the grey, tough, over roasted meat I was fed on throughout childhood (and overcooked grey beans).

No need to peel the potatoes and the beans look so luscious. I'll be storing this recipe away in my mind and keeping an eye out for good beef (what cut of beef is that?)

Hope you see some sunshine soon.

doggybloggy said...

how did the meat get so perfect? OMG it is exactly the way it should be and those rock potatoes are rockstar taters in my book - good meal to feed your tonnage..LOL

Grace said...

i can almost taste the buttery, crispy outer layer and soft, squishy innards. this is a darn fine way to eat potatoes!

Jennifer Bowen said...

Yummy! You make me so hungry when you post recipes. =) So perfect for today's weather... rainy and cold outside.

Pam said...

The roast beef looks like it's cooked perfectly and the potatoes are fantastic! What a great idea to chop up the onions in your food processor!

Robynn's Ravings said...

I'm salivating and now have plans for my bag of red potatoes. Oh MAN, Marjie!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, that looks fab! Would you believe my husband hates pot roast. Who in the world doesn't like pot roast? I didn't know there was anyone : ) I am stopping over today via Jen Bowen's blog and I just wanted to say hi! And also that I would like to come over for dinner : )

Jan Mader said...

I wish it wasn't so late. I think I might be going to the grocery store. I thought I was full, but you just made me hungry!

noble pig said...

Love the spices on those taters...and the rain there is something else!

TavoLini said...

We make very similar potatoes pretty much every saturday morning. Always tasty, nice and easy :) I'll have to try your spice mix, we just got a sack of potatoes from the store.