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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Potato Planks

Low-Cal But Still Lovely
Ah, potatoes... who doesn’t love starch? But fried foods are a no-no for those of us watching our weight. So what are your potato options? Boiled potatoes, mashed, or baked. Frankly, without the butter are they worth eating? I have an option for you. We call them potato planks and they go something like this:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spay a sheet pan with olive oil spray. Take a baking potato or a sweet potato and give it a fast scrub under cold water and dry it. Then slice it into 1/4 inch or slightly thicker slices. Throw it into a bowl and add some salt pepper, Herbs de Provence, garlic powder, and a little drizzle of good quality olive oil. It does not take much — about 1 tablespoon for 2 potatoes. Then toss it all around with your hands and place the slices flat onto your sheet pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40-45 minutes till potatoes start to brown. Depending on your oven, you might want to flip them over at 35 minutes to brown the other side.

That’s it! I like them with a little North of the Border Chiplote ketchup (available all over town). If you want to get exotic with the sweet potatoes add ground cumin and curry powder to the mix and serve with some fat free cilantro garlic mayo.