As you get to know Linda and I you will notice that we love all things Jane Austin. Linda would agree that our all time favorite Jane Austen book (and subsequent movie!) would have to be ‘Pride and Prejudice’. There is a scene in the movie where ‘Mr Collins’ is visiting the estate he will inherit, causing all five of the ‘Bennet’ girls to be left without anything, (as only boys could inherit). During their first dinner encounter, he asked the mother ‘Mrs. Bennet’, “To which of your daughters do I have to thank for these excellent boiled potatoes?”. I love that line… In any case, I do love boiled potatoes. They are light, and with the right blend of herbs and of course butter, they are a delicious side for a great steak dinner…
Excellent Herb Boiled Potatoes
4 white potatoes
1 Tbs salt added to water for boiling
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
1/8 cup fresh chives chopped
3 Tbs butter
salt & pepper
Peel potatoes and place in a large pot with 1 Tbs of salt and cover generously with water. (It is important to have a large pot with a lot of water in order for the potatoes to be light and fluffy. The ratio of potato to water will distinguish between starchy potatoes and light and fluffy ones). Boil potatoes until fork tender. Drain potatoes; reserving 1/2 cup of potato water. Return potatoes to pot and add butter.
Next add chopped herbs, salt & pepper and a splash of potato water (as needed). Serve hot! These potatoes are also great with sour cream. If you serve them cold, simply add 2 Tbs red wine vinegar and 1/4 cup olive oil to them for an excellent potato salad.