Did I mention that every New Year’s Eve I make the same dinner?
I know I have.
It’s very unlike me to do that sort of thing, but our little group has been spending the evening together for oh so many years that we know what we like and that’s what we want on that particular night. In the early days I experimented and served a new a tried-to-be spectacular entree each time. Most were terrific and there were a few notable failures, like the pseudo, gray-looking Beef Stroganoff that we laughed about for years.
So for years it’s been rib roast, which my mother-in-law taught me how to make, the way Ed likes it.
And always, always, these sauteed rosemary potatoes.
There are six of us for dinner but I make a double recipe (each serves six) because these potatoes are so fine with morning eggs.
18 “new” or small red bliss potatoes
lightly salted water
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, optional
Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover them with lightly salted water. Bring the water to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer the potatoes 15-20 minutes or until they are fork tender. Drain the potatoes and peel them when they are cool enough to handle. Cut them into smaller pieces if you like extra crispy potatoes. Heat the butter or olive oil and vegetable oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the potatoes. Sprinkle the potatoes with the salt, pepper and rosemary. Sauté the potatoes 15-20 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally, or until the potatoes are browned on all sides and are lightly crispy. These may be reheated in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 6-8 minutes. Makes 6 servings