Easy Pan Fried Potatoes, Shallots With Parsley Butter
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- Ready In:
- 12 medium red potatoes, cut in quarters (3 per person)
- 2 shallots, thin sliced
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 scallions, fine chopped (whites and greens)
- 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Potatoes -- Add the potatoes to a bowl or I prefer using a pie plate and add just a tablespoon or so of water and cover with plastic wrap. Now microwave. I like to start at 5 minutes and then check. You want them slightly tender but still firm and not falling apart - remember you are going to finish then in the pan. Once they are done, just remove from the microwave and drain well, you don't want water to hit a hot pan.
- Pan Fry -- Add the shallot and garlic to a medium saute pan with 1 tablespoon of the butter on medium heat and cook 2 minutes. Increase the heat to medium high to high and add the other tablespoon of butter, potatoes and parsley. I like to let them set for a couple of minutes to brown on the bottom before flipping and stirring breaking them up slightly and then again a couple of minutes on the other side before I stir or flip and again breaking them up a bit. They will start to break apart which is fine. Then add the scallions, salt and pepper and serve.
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It doesn't get much easier than this! I'm a huge potato fan and I'm always looking for new ways to cook them. I loved the ease and simplicity of this recipe. The potatoes turn out perfect and delicious! Note for next time: since I like my potatoes really crispy on the outside, I will wait a while to put the shallots in garlic in. Fantastic recipe. Loved the microwave tip!
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