Herbed Potatoes Anna is a classic recipe which adds a touch of elegance to a comforting potato side dish.
Because I have a food blog and the Mr. and I share an unabashed love for going out to eat, we’re often labeled as “foodies.” I don’t despise the term, but I’ve also never identified with it. Wikipedia defines a foodie as someone who has an “ardent or refined interest in food.” While I most definitely have an ardent interest in food, I could hardly call it refined. Sure, I enjoy a chef-created menu with delicate flavors and gorgeous presentation, but most nights I’d just as soon have a Classic Bacon Cheeseburger or a pile of creamy mac and cheese.
I’m not a food critic, a judge, or a gourmet. I simply love food in all it’s many elegant and not so elegant forms.
In my mind, this Herbed Potatoes Anna hits the sweet spot between simplicity and refinement. It looks lovely on the plate, but at it’s heart, this dish celebrates one of the simplest, most comforting flavor combinations out there: Potatoes and butter.
I was thumbing through a vintage cookbook recently when a recipe for Potatoes Anna caught my eye. I had never heard of the dish before, but it sounded too good not to try. The most stripped down version of this recipe is made with layers of potato brushed in butter, salt, and pepper, then baked until golden and crispy on the outside. The finished dish is reminiscent of a potato pie, which is inverted onto a plate and served in wedges.
Potatoes have always been a staple on holiday tables, but a recipe like this makes them the star of the show. Idaho potatoes are an incredibly affordable way to not only add a flavorful and comforting side dish to your menu, but to do it in style. Potatoes Anna reminds us why the humble potato is still the go-to side dish for so many occasions. There simply isn’t anything quite as alluring as potatoes and butter.
For my version of this classic dish, I added a simple blend of fresh rosemary, thyme, and Gruyere cheese. It enhances the flavor, but doesn’t detract from the plain, simple, goodness of buttery potatoes. This is the kind of recipe that might earn you the nickname of “foodie” as well. It looks stunning on the plate, and would be lovely on your Passover or Easter tables. Your guests will ooooh and ahh over the crispy golden edges and flecks of thyme, but at the end of the day, this is just a 5 ingredient recipe which makes the most of one of life’s simplest pleasures. I love it not because it’s beautiful (although that’s certainly a bonus), but because it’s positively delicious. For a reluctant foodie like me, that’s all that really matters.
Skip the mashed potatoes and go for something just a bit different this holiday season. For more creative, elegant potato side dishes, visit Idaho Potatoes’ website, and be prepared to see the potato in a whole new light.
Note: This post is sponsored by Idaho Potatoes. As always, all opinions are my own.