This recipe is straight out of my mum’s playbook, and it’s always amazing to me how something so simple can taste so good. When I was a kid, small new potatoes often turned into a simple side dish. My mum would boil the potatoes, then toss them with butter, chopped parsley and salt.
Basil Mint Boiled Potatoes:
I ditched the butter and replaced it with extra-virgin olive oil – a good fruity one. I first made this recipe in the summertime when our herb garden was exploding, and the mint and basil practically begged to be invited to the party. In they went!
The prep time was no more than five minutes (scrub potatoes, chop herbs…done) and the hardest part was waiting for the potatoes to cook.
Thanks to my younger son (okay, and me), half of the potatoes were gone in five minutes flat. The leftovers ended up in my husband’s salad for today’s lunch. We will be making these over and over again!
Other easy potato recipes:
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Potatoes with Rosemary & Smoked Paprika
Cookin’ Canuck’s Light Southwestern Twice-Baked Potatoes
Cook the Story’s Baked Potato Bites
Naturally Ella’s Parmesan Red Potatoes
Meaningful Eats’ Herbed Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Potatoes & Spinach
Boiled Potatoes with Olive Oil, Basil & Mint Recipe
These boiled potatoes, with olive oil and fresh herbs, couldn’t be simpler, but the flavors will convince you to make this side dish several times each week. 87 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
- 1 lb. small new (yellow) potatoes, such as fingerlings
- 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 tsp sea salt
- 4 mint leaves, thinly sliced
- 4 basil leaves, thinly sliced
- Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by an inch. Bring to a boil. Cook until the potatoes are tender, but not falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.
- Transfer the potatoes to a bowl and toss with the olive oil, sea salt, mint and basil.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
This recipe was originally posted on July 23, 2014, and has been updated.
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