Most of you would probably recognize this dish from Kenny Rogers’ delicious lineup of side dishes. I was introduced to this dish by my youngest sister who forces me to eat at Kenny’s just to order this side dish. Com’on just for a side dish? So I decided to create my own version so we can eat this side dish at home as a main dish.
- 1/2 kilo baby potatoes
- a bundle of Spring Onion
- a handful of Parsley
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
Budget: Php 300
Servings: 5-7 guests
- Wash the baby potatoes thoroughly to remove the dirt and mud on the skin.
- Boil the potatoes in medium heat for 10 minutes. When potatoes are half-cooked, remove from heat and pour tap or cold water to stop the cooking process. I do this to make sure that the potatoes don’t get mushy when fried on the pan later.
- Slice the potatoes into halves. It’s easier to do this when the potatoes are half cooked since you can retain the shape of the potato and you don’t end up making a mashed potato instead. I prefer to leave the skin on the potatoes.
- Chop the green stalks of the spring onion to 1mm-thick round slices. Okay, so chives is basically spring onion. You can find them at supermarkets sold in bundles of 7-10 pcs for Php 10.00. Don’t use the part 1/2 inch near the bulb. It’s usually the part where the stalk turns white. The stalk of the spring onion has the same aroma as when you’re using actual onions. I don’t use onion or garlic in this recipe simply because it will ruin the presentation. And besides, you get the sour/salty/spicy flavor from the sour cream and chives combination.
- Finely chop the parsley
- Turn the frying pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.
- Add the potatoes in the frying pan and cook until the flesh turns golden.
- Pour a cup of sour cream. Aside from supermarkets, I found a fresher and cheaper version at the Sidcor Sunday Market at Eton Centris. Rizal Farm sells dairy products such as Greek yogurt, Feta Cheese, Kesong Puti and Sour Cream at an extremely cheaper price compared to those brands at the supermarket. If you’re on a tight budget, you may opt to use sour cream powder, the kind that is used to flavor french fries. It already has spices in it like the chives so you can delete that as well. Although, I’ve only ever seen sour cream powder being sold at Cash & Carry Supermarket in Makati, trust me, I’ve looked everywhere.
- Add the chives and salt and pepper to taste.
- When the liquid starts to simmer, remove from heat.
- Mix in the parsley.
- Sprinkle with parmesan before serving.