Cooking · Lifestyle

The Side Dish You Need To Make This Autumn

Happy Halloween my loves!

Today’s post is unfortunately nothing to do with Halloween, but it will sure keep you warm and happy if you’re heading out trick or treating with any little ones this evening. I’m secretly hoping we don’t get many trick-or-treaters, then Matt and I get some extra sweets for our movie night! Do you have any exciting plans for this evening?!

No, your eyes are not deceiving you and you did read the title correctly – this post is really about a side dish! If you love potatoes, this may be what you’ve been missing in your life. Seriously, you need to make this! Matt and I have, over the past few months, really gotten into cooking and we enjoy making one side dish in particular. We really think we’re real chefs a la Gordon Ramsay (we’ve been binge watching Hell’s Kitchen for the past few months!) it’s hilarious. I’m so sorry the photos aren’t great, guys!

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I had been thinking about writing this post and laughed it off but, as mentioned in this post, I actually got several Instagram story requests to share – yes really! (I obviously post too many photos of this, but it’s good). One of my friends, Jessy, then screenshot me a WhatsApp from her boyfriend saying he wanted to make these potatoes that night, and could I please tell her what she needed and what to do – so I knew I had to share!

As I’ve mentioned several times on my blog, Matt and I love to unwind during our evenings by cooking dinner together, and we’re really having lots of fun creating new things and trying out new recipes. We tend to make quick, easy, healthy(ish) meals, as after a long day at work we don’t want to be standing over the hob for hours, and we’ve came up with some delicious things so far. For us it’s been trial and error, and experimenting has been the best way to learn. Matt’s lovely mam may have had to show us how to cook sausages a few months ago, but like I said, trial and error

I’d love to share our recipes more often, if you’d like to see more posts like this? Potatoes are one of my favourite foods – mashed, diced, boiled, fried – you name it, I could live solely off them! This is such a quick, easy side dish to prepare – and perfect for the upcoming holiday season! We have this with pretty much anything; steak, chicken, fajitas, salmon etc – it just works. It would also be a good option to take to a dinner party or any holiday celebrations coming up, I guarantee everyone will love it!

Ingredients:

-spicy chorizo – I’d recommend Lidl’s Deluxe range!
-garlic (powder or the real deal)
-one onion
-paprika
-potatoes – we like Maris Piper and use between 5 and 7 for two people (they’re so small!)
-peppers – 1 x red, 1 x yellow, 1 x green

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Step by Step:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees to warm through. Wash potatoes thoroughly. *We don’t peel the skin off but that’s just preference.*
  2. Cut potatoes into large circular or cubed shapes and boil for around 5-8 minutes, depending on how soft you’d like them. (We always used to do circular shapes, however the past few times we’ve cubed them and prefer it).
  3. Whilst the potatoes are boiling, chop your peppers, onion and chorizo. We cut into fairly small pieces, but again this is just preference. Fry-light a baking tray to prepare for steps 4 and 5.
  4. Drain potatoes place flat on a baking tray. We shake the potatoes a lot as it’s better to have the edges look a little rough or messy as they brown a little better whilst in the oven. 
  5. ‘Decorate’ the tray with your peppers, onion and chorizo on top – this will help them to soften more as the potatoes are already cooked. Add a smidge (very technical) of garlic and paprika on top, and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Whilst our potatoes are in the oven, we cook the main part of our meal (in this instance, chicken fajitas which were delicious). We also clean up during this point as then we have much less to do when we’ve eaten.
  7. Take the potatoes out of the oven to serve! Bon appetit.

Yes, it really is that easy.

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Thank you so much for reading! I’d love to know what you thought of this post, and if you’d like to see more cooking themed posts in the future? Please let me know if you try this – and send me photos!

-G x

5 thoughts on “The Side Dish You Need To Make This Autumn

  1. I LOVE potatoes … I totally think I will need to add this recipe to the weekly recipe round up at my house. BUT I will probably have to do a little bit of experimenting to get the temperatures right as I’m in the US.

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