If you are like me, you are buying your last couple holiday gifts, testing out your recipes for the big family feast, and spending a lot of quality time curled up by the fire with steaming hot chocolate.
Just kidding. This is the me of my dreams! Every year, I think I will be so much further along than I am at this point in the season – but here we are. Our Christmas tree has been half-decorated for over a week, with a string of lights that refuse to stay lit and ornaments in boxes all over the living area.
In times like these, I rejoice over a few small successes. I have bought a few gifts and have some time planned out to buy some more. I am pretty much finished with the semester! And, while I don’t think it’s necessary to try out dishes in advance, I made a mini version of a great potato dish the other day that I think is definitely holiday-worthy!
Before Thanksgiving, I saw a few stunning sweet potato bakes pop up during my Internet surfing sprees. Take a look at this one and this one. Gorgeous round slices of potatoes lined up like a row of dominoes and all snuggled adorably into a gratin dish bed. We were about to head to Ohio to spend Thanksgiving with Chris’ side of the family at his grandmother’s house, which was about a 5-6 hour drive. My mind started racing with ideas. Could I somehow bring this dish along? Could I peel the potatoes and slice them in advance, then keep them preserved and lovely through our trek on Thanksgiving Day?
Maybe this could have been possible, but in the midst of everything else going on that week, it just was not going to happen. But because I just couldn’t get these beautiful, spiraling potatoes off of my mind, I made a mini version with regular potatoes (from our Washington’s Green Grocer box!) when we got home. Smitten Kitchen has a great recipe that uses standard potatoes.
I don’t have a gratin dish or a mandolin–though both are now on my Christmas list–but this dish still came out looking eye-catching I think. The potatoes are so delightfully crispy and flavorful, like fancy french fries.
And when I realized that these potatoes could also be an amazing side dish for brunch, I knew that this recipe and I would be friends forever!
Now, what should I use it for this Christmas? A brunch accompaniment, or a side to the main meal!? Maybe a sweet potato version for dinner and the regular potato version for brunch? Realistically, all that slicing is not going to happen, but I am excited to add a version to the menu in some kind of way this Christmas! I would highly recommend this pretty and delicious dish if you’re in need of a side idea too.