I confess I love potatoes. Boiled, mashed, baked, stuffed, stewed, or fried – I could eat ‘em any night of the week (and often do). They are just perfectly versatile. I mean, the humble spud is a frugal ingredient, to be sure – perfect for a simple supper of potato soup and a loaf of homemade bread. But if I’m feelin’ a little fancy, well, potatoes can do that, too (Potatoes Dauphinoise anyone?) In this all-in-one skillet recipe, I took the middle route: fried potatoes with a little sausage, and a handful of fresh zucchini, corn, and basil from my garden. Simple and rustic made just a tiny bit more elegant with the addition of veggies and fresh herbs.
Now even though this recipe is simple and rustic, there is one step I like to take that some may consider a little fussy. Because I like my potatoes to be crispy and golden-brown on the outside, while staying soft and fluffy on the inside, I like to spend a few extra minutes and par-cook the potatoes. Just boil the sliced potatoes in a pot of salted, boiling water for about 5 minutes, or until they are just shy of being tender. Then you drain them and give a good toss in the colander to get the potato slices a little roughed-up. Definitely don’t skip the tossing part – this not only gets the water off, but it also creates a surface that’s perfect for forming that golden crust when you fry them.
Everything after this is just a matter of tossing in the pan, and frying in a little oil and butter. I don’t even bother cooking the ears of corn first before removing the kernels because the slight crunchiness of the corn goes well in this dish. If you want to serve this as an easy weeknight meal, I would simply par-cook the potatoes the evening before, and store them in the fridge. Make it extra easy by chopping the vegetables and sausage the night before, too.
I hope you enjoy!
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