As seen in the last few posts, it’s not difficult to take one thing and turn it into another. But that doesn’t necessarily mean things always come together at once. I know I sometimes overthink certain ideas that end up leading nowhere and I become frustrated when they don’t work out. Other times, I don’t think at all. My mind syncs with my hands and I just go with the flow…almost as if I’m on autopilot. The girlie will even come up to me while I’m cooking and ask, “what’s for dinner?” and the only thing I have for a response is, “I don’t know…but I promise it will be tasty.”
These are my favorite kinds of experiences in the kitchen. Where passion becomes such a strong drive that it produces this sort of insoluble feeling…this familiar sense of uncertainty that arouses the instinct to move forward, even without a definitive direction or purpose. I consider that the very beauty of cooking.
Unfortunately, the avocado ranch potatoes were not born in one of these moments. They were actually the result of a simple oversight…
Here’s what you’ll need
- Red potatoes
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Olive oil
[Preheat the oven to 400 F]
First, slice the potatoes into medium sized cubes.
Put them in a microwavable bowl with water, cover, and microwave for 3 minutes.
Note: You can also par-cook the potatoes in a pot on the stove. I just find the microwave to be a quicker process.
Drain the potatoes and lay them out on a paper towel to dry.
Next, transfer them to a lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake for 10 minutes.
[Make the avocado ranch while you waiting]
Combine the avocado and ranch dressing in a mixing bowl large enough to toss the potatoes.
Note: Use the backside of a spoon to mash the avocado.
After 10 minutes, turn the potatoes and bake for another 10 minutes (or until golden brown).
When the potatoes are finished, throw them in with the avocado ranch and mix until they are evenly coated.
The story is, these potatoes came about because I made the mistake of not checking the fridge for lettuce one night…
I had an avocado that was close to being overripe and some leftover ranch from pizza the night before, so I threw them together to put on a salad…no brainer, right? Well, I later realized that we were out of lettuce. Since I didn’t want to waste the dressing (or look stupid) I poured it over some red potatoes I made and pretended it was intentional. The next thing I know, the girlie is raving about how delicious they are and demands that I make them again.
So I guess, when it comes to being in the kitchen, even mistakes can turn into something magnificent…just gotta remember to go with the flow and keep moving forward!
Until next time, take care.