Are you a ham or turkey Christmas Dinner family? Some people are both, some are neither. Growing up, it was always a ham for Easter and Christmas, with a great big turkey for Thanksgiving. Its’ strange, I can remember the ham, and some of the side dishes, but not the vegetable. I could be mistaken, but knowing my Dad’s Okie roots, I’d be willing to bet the ham was served with mashed potatoes and red-eye gravy.
When Hubby and I got married, Christmas Dinner was a ham, only without the mashed taters and red-eye gravy. Hubby is not a coffee drinker, and you can’t have red-eye gravy without some strong black coffee. That’s when I started making my oh so famous Au Gratin Potatoes. For years, when we went to family pot lucks for the holidays, people requested my cheesy potatoes. Hubby still loves those potatoes, and I try to make them for him a few times a year. But I like to mix things up every now and again. Sure, I love traditions but I also love new things. And what are traditions anyway but something new that gets repeated? After all, traditions need to start someplace – right?
I think with a smoked ham these potatoes would be delicious! Maybe garnish with some chopped parsley or chives for a festive red and green look.
Garlicky Browned Butter Red Potatoes
16 Red Potatoes, medium size (4 lbs)
1 cup Butter, cubed
8 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
Scrub potatoes and cut into quarters. Place potatoes in a large stockpot; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain; return potatoes to pot to dry. Keep warm.
While the potatoes cook, peel and finely mince the garlic. Set aside until ready to use.
Once the potatoes are ready to serve, melt the butter in heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Let the butter “cook” for about 6 minutes or so, just until a light golden brown, stir constantly to prevent burning. Stir the garlic into the browning butter; cook 30 seconds longer or until butter is deep golden brown. Pour the browned butter over potatoes; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to combine.
Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy.