Potatoes are an inexpensive food in most parts of the country-as well as one that stores well-so they should be a staple in most frugal pantries. I tend to use them either mashed, or cubed and boiled in various dishes or as a side with a bit of butter tossed on. This was a nice way to add a bit of variety to my repertoire.
The recipe is so embarrassingly easy that I hesitate to call it a recipe. All you do is cube up raw potatoes (approx 1 inch-I left the peels on but you don’t have to), rinse and soak in cold water for a little bit then drain and pat dry (this isn’t strictly necessary, but I read once that it gets rid of the surface starch and makes the outside crispier-I don’t know if it is true, but that’s what I did), toss the cubes with some oil and spices of your choice (I threw in seasoned salt, pepper, rosemary and garlic powder), place on an oiled pan (I used my stone cookie sheet) and bake at 400 for 45 minutes.
That’s it. The hardest part is remembering to start 45 minutes before you want to eat!
Oh, and a quick tip! You can go ahead and cube (and peel) potatoes whenever you have a chance during the day, and then just put them in water to cover. This will keep them from browning and is a fine way to store them until you are ready to use them. If you want to be even more prepared you could throw the oil and spices together in a plastic bag big enough to hold the potato chunks-a bread bag is fine as long as there are no holes. When ready to cook, just squish the spices around in the oil to distribute, then toss the potato chunks in and shake. So you can get the prep done at 1030 in the morning if you want and then 45 min before you want to eat dinner you only have to spend about 3 minutes getting it together and thrown in the oven.