I’m really not sure if I’ll keep on writing these, but we had a pre-St. Paddy’s day dinner that was just amazing. There were three of us, and we made enough of most things for between three and five people. I’m just sort of shrinking the recipe to fit a two-person meal for one evening.
I’d been craving fish and chips lately, but making all that is HARD. At least, making your own beer-batter fish fillets is not exactly easy, so I did kind of skip out on making those and just bought some pre-made ones that baked in the oven.
However, I did grab some (for two, I would recommend 2 or 3 medium) Yukon gold potatoes. I washed them, sliced them up (I prefer very thin wedges), and cooked them at 425 Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. The thicker pieces probably could have used a few more minutes, but they were fine. I flipped them about half-way through, and before baking, I coated them in olive oil, thyme, and a delicious Penzey’s spice blend called Tuscan Sunset.
Before I go any farther, I do have to say that my roommate is kind of the Spice Mistress of our apartment, and she decided those would be the best herbs. She was right. She also made our heirloom tomato salad. For that, take about 1 large (we’re talking roughly 3 or 4 inches in diameter—these suckers get huge!) diced heirloom tomato, a few ounces of cubed mozzarella, some basil, and some balsamic vinaigrette, throw it all together, and oh my, what a treat!
My roommate was also the one to make homemade tartar sauce. She mixed mayonnaise, lemon juice, pickle relish, a little bit of Dijon mustard, and a few spices—I didn’t quite see which—until it tasted like tartar sauce to her. Having sampled it, I can say it was perfect.
As a side note: I baked the fish and the potatoes at the same time—the fish needed a little less time, and it worked fairly well. I would advise using foil, though; cleanup would not be fun otherwise!