Day 137: Lavender Potatoes ♥

Lavender Heaven, French fingerling potatoes dressed in buttery lavender & rosemary~recipe & photo updated in 2007~
Lavender Heaven, that's how to remember these potatoes, my favorite since last month's first Panzanella.

Cooked with nothing more than lavender, rosemary, butter and salt, these potatoes are ever so simple yet ever so elegant.

Two less prosaic lessons:
Steamed new potatoes turn out mealy, like last night's. (I was even told they might be old.) Boiled new potatoes turn out creamy, like tonight's. When potatoes are packed with succulence, less is more. A pound of tonight's potatoes would easily have served eight (each serving 2 - 3 small potatoes) as long as there were another vegetable on the plate.

2007 Photo Update: In 2005, I made these with new red potatoes, in 2007 with French fingerlings. I like the color of the red better but the fingerlings are creamy good. In 2006, I loved these potatoes so much that I created an easy, romantic all-lavender meal, perfect for Valentine's and other romantic occasions.

~ more potato recipes ~
~ more favorite vegetable recipes (this was my very favorite recipe in August 2005) ~

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Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 35 minutes
Serves 8

1 pound new potatoes, washed and cut in halves or quarters (I did quarters)
1 teaspoon dried lavender (or 6 fresh sprigs of lavender, according to the recipe)

1 tablespoon butter (reduced from 1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons dried lavender (up from 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh buds)
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped (from a pot on the patio! and upped from 1 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon kosher salt (up from 1/4 teaspoon)

Place the potatoes and 1 teaspoon lavender in a medium saucepan. Add water to cover and bring to a boil and continue to boil until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a knife but still hold their shape. Drain, allowing the lavender to cling.

Melt the butter over MEDIUM in a large skillet, add the 2 teaspoons lavender, the rosemary and the salt and stir. Add the potatoes and stir well to coat with butter. Cook, tossing occasionally until the potatoes are hot, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Per Serving: 57 Cal (23% from Fat, 8% from Protein, 69% from Carb); 1 g Protein; 1 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 10 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 8 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 298 mg Sodium; 4 mg Cholesterol, Weight Watchers 1 point

Here's a source for dried lavender. Though I have fresh in the garden, I suspect the dried lavender I used came from Whole Foods.

The Splendid Table which in turn credits The Herbfarm Cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld