Years ago I would wait for baited breath until my potato plants would shoot forth blossoms…then I knew it was time to dig those new baby potatoes! Instead of disturbing the entire plant, just burrow your hand underneath and pluck a handful of tender spuds. The potato plant can continue to grow more potatoes, and you can have your culinary fix that defies most fixes! Words cannot describe the tender buttery flavor and texture of baby potatoes!
How can you tell these are new potatoes?
By scrubbing them and see the thin papery skin rub off! Just because potatoes are small does not mean they are new potatoes…
Bring to boil with enough water to barely cover the potatoes. Sprinkle generously with salt. Reduce heat and continue cooking until tender. (Depends on the size of your potatoes how long it will take until they are tender) Stab gently (!) with a fork to test for tenderness!
Drain potatoes. (always save potato water for bread-making days…it makes for wonderful texture in your bread) Drizzle with melted butter and lots of freshly chopped parsley.
When the boys were young, quite often when we dug new potatoes, our lunch simply consisted of buttered parsley potatoes and fresh bread! Now, that is some real comfort food!
If you don’t raise your own potatoes, now is the time to pick some up at your local farmers market! Make sure they are “new” potatoes and raised without any pesticides!