Of the many things that I enjoyed in my new kitchen were the microwave and the conventional oven. The microwave was new to me; I had heard about it but never seen it or used it before. I had seen an oven before, but not such big ones and ones that were an integral part of the cooking range and the kitchen. Everything seemed to have a place, the microwave at the top, the stove top in the middle and the oven at the bottom. The kitchens with high cabinets, fridge, and dish washer looked so retro and hip. Of course, this was almost a decade ago when I was a new bride, in a new country and surrounded by new people. We were in Boston back then.
It took me time to use the new tools, but I enjoyed using them. In fact, cakes or cookies were not the first things I learnt to bake in the oven. This was way before we had blogs or other good cooking websites. Had there been blogs back then maybe I would have learnt to bake right awayJ.
Anyway the first thing I learnt in baking was these “Baked Potato Cubes”. I learnt from my husband. He had eaten it at a restaurant and liked the taste. So we tried baking it at home and enjoyed the simplicity yet flavorful taste of the potatoes. I have been making it ever since, and we never get tired with the taste. Sometimes I also make Oven Baked Potato Basil Fries and they are a slight variation of this version. In fact, the later version is easier for the little ones to eat.
This is my contribution to the Event- Just For You hosted by Alka at Sindhi Rasoi.
My version of “Baked Potato Cubes” consists of using potatoes, cutting them into cubes (along with the skin), seasoning them with salt, chilli powder and then baking them in the oven.
- 2-3 medium red potatoes (any potato is fine)
- Turmeric powder(optional)
- Chilli powder
- Salt to taste
- Any other seasoning of choice (rosemary/basil/garlic salt etc)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Wash the potatoes thoroughly and cut into cubes and keep aside. I retain the skin of the potato, but that is optional.
- Take a big baking pan and line it with aluminum foil. Grease it with a spoonful of oil and spread it around evenly or coat with nonstick cooking spray. This prevents the potato from sticking to the foil while baking.
- Place the cut potatoes in the pan. (Make sure that the potatoes are spread out and form a single layer).
- Add oil, salt, turmeric, chilli powder and coat the potatoes evenly. Add more oil if necessary.
- Bake for about 30 minutes and after that open the oven and turn the potatoes with the spatula so that the other side is exposed.
- Bake for another 15 minutes or so until it turns golden brown. (Keep checking at regular intervals, so that the potato does not turn black).
- To get crispy potatoes, turn the oven to the broil mode. Broil on low for 5 minutes and the potatoes turn crispy.