recently my husband and i had dinner at a friend’s house and dinner included roasted potatoes in a delicious chimichurri sauce with lots of cilantro and some citrus and some garlic and i wasn’t actually paying very close attention to what else was used because i was expecting to be not that into the potatoes because i am what i believe to be the only person in america who doesn’t particularly care about potatoes.
turns out i care about them a whole bunch when they are a vehicle for cilantro, garlic, lime, and jalapeño. when i think about ingredients that are always in my fridge (and guacamole – yum!), it turns out to not be terribly surprising that i love roasted potatoes when they get this chimichurri treatment.
so, anyway, since i hadn’t really been paying that much attention to what sorcery went into creating the super yummy potatoes at my friend’s house, clearly my next step was to prowl around on the internet and unearth the chimichurri-ish recipes that i had squirreled away in my ‘recipes to cook’ folder.
after consulting a few different recipes, i felt ready to give making chimichurri sauce a try (by which i mean, leave out one of the key ingredients that was common to every single recipe i read because parsley is gross and i just will not).
fortunately, the combination of cilantro, lime, garlic, and jalapeño turns out to be pretty forgiving and difficult to really mess up. once i had tweaked the ratios to my satisfaction, i set about finding something to douse in the sauce.
clearly potatoes were on the list. and why not sweet potatoes, while we’re at it? my husband is always campaigning for more chicken and i love crispy, oven roasted kale (see also: smoky sheet pan salmon and vegetables for my introduction to the delightful magic of oven roasted kale). aaaand done!
thus, roasted chicken and potatoes with chimichurri was born. and maybe, just maybe, i’m beginning to see what the fuss about potatoes is all about… (more likely though, i continue to love cilantro + garlic + lime + jalapeño. but it’s nice to find a new thing to slather it on.)
ps – my reader survey is up through the end of this week – i’d love to hear from you! big hugs to those of you who have already told me what you think! i’m looking forward to implementing some shiny, new things based on what i’m hearing…