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We were serious potato eaters, but my uncle by marriage would pass the potato bowl saying it hurt his legs. He also said I will whistle if I eat carrots. When you are four years old whistling is a coveted skill. I never learned to whistle, but I am sure my uncle would taste these potatoes. I never cooked for him, after I left Hungary I only saw him a few times. My godfather was a great guy, always full of fun, always had time for me.

The happy guy on the right is Keresztapa

Russets would have given a different flavour and texture, but I prefer the reds for other reasons, they won’t turn to mush and the skins are nice all year around and potato skins are so good for you because they contain potassium. The red onions are milder; they keep their shape, and don’t disintegrate like white onions. To get the lacy parmesan bits, the cheese has to be shredded or sliced into bits, not grated. The one photo I made of it is of poor quality and I intend to replace it one of these days when the weather turns and a homey plate of roasted potatoes can be enjoyed  by the fire again. Food has its purpose beyond sustenance.  

Baked Parmesan Potatoes

6 red potatoes with the skin, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 red onion, sliced
thyme, oregano, savory, marjoram, basil, sage and rosemary
extra virgin olive oil
Chef’s Salt to taste
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • Preheat the oven 375F.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place potatoes in a large bowl.
  • Add the chopped pepper and the sliced onions and toss.
  • Lightly sprinkle with all or some of the suggested herbs.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with Chef’s Salt to taste.
  • Add the shredded cheese and toss.
  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes are, fork tender and golden. 



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