Easy Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter

Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter

Fingerling potatoes with herbed butter make any meal feel special, and no one needs to know how easy this recipe was to make!

On busy evenings, you don’t want to have to sacrifice taste for convenience, and this easy fingerling potatoes recipe is just the dish to round out your supper without adding much cooking time. The best part? Since this dish cooks in the microwave, you can serve your potatoes in the same bowl that you used to melt the butter, which means less cleanup!

Herbed butter might sound like it’s difficult to make, but with the help of your microwave it comes together in seconds. Adding herbs also means that you can get more flavor with less fat!

Need some simple recipe ideas to serve as the main course with these fingerling potatoes? Try one of these:

The recipe below calls for rosemary, but you can substitute any herbs that you like. Basil, sage, or thyme would all work well with your fingerling potatoes.

Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter

Fingerling Potatoes with Garlic-Rosemary Butter Recipe

Prep Time: 2 minutes;  Cook Time: 4-5 minutes; Yield: 4 servings

Nutritional Information per Serving: 135 calories; 20 grams carbs, 6 grams fat, 4 grams protein

Ingredients

Directions

1. Prepare your Express Bake PotatOH! Fingerlings Steamer according to package directions. Set aside.

Fingerlings Package and Rosemary

2. In a medium-sized, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter, garlic powder, and rosemary. Microwave at 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until the butter is completely melted.

Fingerlings with Rosemary in Bowl

3. Put the cooked fingerlings into the bowl, toss well to coat, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

Arts and Crafts: Holiday Potato Stamps

Potato Stamp Present

While you’re cooking up holiday supper, do the kids get a little bit bored? Toss them a couple of potatoes, and keep them entertained with one of these arts and crafts projects!

Potato stamps are a lot of fun for kids, and they can be educational, too. Until your little ones are old enough to wield a knife unattended, you’ll want to supervise the carving part of these projects (or just carve the stamps while they watch). To keep them engaged, talk to them about what shapes you might carve, so they still feel like they’re part of this portion of the arts and crafts.

We’ve found a few fun ways that your kids can use homemade potato stamps in arts and crafts projects, and we’ve got a full tutorial for you, too!

Arts and Crafts: Get Creative with Your Potatoes!

Potato Stamp Cards

1. Cards

Once your stamps are carved, put your kiddos to work stamping holiday cards. Your friends and family will love receiving holiday greetings on these one-of-a-kind creations! Image Credit: The Joy of my Life.

>>Get the tutorial.

Potato Stamp Art

2. Potato Art

Let your kids make gifts for the people on their lists. You help them carve the stamp, provide a large piece of paper as their canvas, and let them create personal art pieces! Image Credit: Creative Jewish Mom.

>>Get the tutorial.

 

Potato Printed Pillow Cover

3. Potato Fabric

If you sew, you can let your kids make custom fabric with potato stamps, then turn it into pretty throw pillows for holiday gifts. This arts and crafts project calls for fabric paint, so make sure your children are wearing something that you don’t mind getting stained. Image Credit: Crafting a Green World.

>>Get the tutorial.

Potato Stamp Present

4. Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

Instead of buying pre-printed gift wrap, purchase a roll of kraft paper or a book of construction paper at the craft supply store, and let your kids stamp it with potatoes.

Supplies

  • potato
  • paring knife
  • rag
  • old cardboard box, cut open and flattened
  • tempera paint
  • roll of kraft paper or book of construction paper (kraft paper is best for bigger gifts)

Step-by-Step

Carved Potato< 1. Carve your potato stamp. You can try drawing your design on your potato, then carving, but most markers won’t write well on that wet spud. You’re best off sticking to a simple, geometric shape, like the plus sign that we used. Before you dip your potato into the paint for the first time, use your rag to dry it off as much as possible. The more excess water you get off of your stamp, the better it will pick up the paint.

Potato Stamp Dip

2. Pour the paint onto your cardboard, and dip the stamp into the paint. Show your kids how to blot the stamp. Too much paint won’t give you a good, clear imprint. Let them do some test stamps on scrap cardboard from the box to get a feel for how to stamp.

Potato Stamp Paper

3. To stamp with your potato, the best method we found is to place the potato onto the paper, gently press straight down, then carefully remove the stamp. It’s OK if your kids’ designs aren’t perfect. A smudge here and incomplete shape there are part of the charm!

Potato Stamp Gift Wrap

4. Let them go to town! The paper in the example has a repeating pattern, and theirs can be as organized or as random as they want. What’s important is that they have a lot of fun!

8 Healthy Holiday Recipes with Potatoes

Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

Adding potatoes to the mix helps lighten up favorite holiday recipes without sacrificing any of the richness.

Potatoes are a healthy addition to your holiday recipes. One potato with the skin on has just 110 calories and 45 percent of your daily requirements for vitamin C. Potatoes also do a good job of filling you up without filling you out, partly because skin-on potatoes provide eight percent of your daily recommended fiber.

On top of their health benefits, potatoes are a great food to help reduce the cost of your holiday recipes. They’re one of the most inexpensive items in the produce aisle, so they help you stretch your holiday food budget a little bit further.

Discover the creative side of potatoes with this mix of traditional and not-so-traditional holiday recipes!

Warm Potato Salad with Ramps and Bacon

1. Warm Potato Salad with Ramps and Bacon

Ramps are wild onions. If you can’t find these at your grocery store, green onions work as a replacement. They give this dish a mild, oniony flavor. This salad makes a healthy side dish with roast chicken or pork. Image Source: MyRecipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 170 calories, 8.7 grams of fat, 2.8 grams of fiber

 

Fennel Potato Soup

2. Fennel-Potato Soup with Smoked Salmon

Salmon is a traditional Danish Christmas food. This light and healthy soup makes a hearty side dish or could even work as your main course if you allow for larger servings. Image Source: Epicurious.

Nutritional Information for 1 side-dish serving: 145 calories, 5 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber

 

Chicken Potato Pot Pie

3. Chicken and Potato Pot Pie

Pot pie is an easy, inexpensive, one-dish meal to make holiday cooking a breeze. This holiday recipe is kid-friendly and even easier to make with the help of your microwave to cut down on cooking time.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 487 calories, 19 grams of fat

 

Carrot Parsnip Potato Coins

4. Roasted Carrot, Parsnip, and Potato Coins

Are you serving roast beef for Christmas dinner? This roasted root vegetable medley is the perfect side dish. Image Source: Epicurious.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 218 calories, 12.5 grams of fat, 4.4 grams of fiber

 

Mashed Potato Casserole

5. Mashed Potato Casserole

Your guests will never guess that this rich-tasting mashed potatoes are actually quite healthy. These rich mashed potatoes pair well with any main course you have planned. Image Source: MyRecipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 243 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, 2.6 grams of fiber

 

Fontina Potato Skins

6. Fontina-Stuffed Potato Skins

Keep the healthy skins on your potatoes by replacing traditional mashed potatoes with baked potato skins instead. This is another versatile side that works with any main dish. Image Source: MyRecipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 142 calories, 5.4 grams of fat, 1.3 grams of fiber

 

Christmas Eve Beef Stew

7. Christmas Eve Beef Stew

Stews cook up slowly, but the beauty of these one-pot meals is that you don’t have to stand in front of the stove the whole time. Image Credit: All Recipes.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 474 calories, 14.6 grams of fat, 6.2 grams of fiber

 

Cheesy Broccoli Potato Mash

 8. Cheesy Broccoli-Potato Mash

Sneak some broccoli onto the holiday table with a cheesy potato recipe that even the kids are sure to love. Serve with roast chicken or pork and a green salad for a healthy holiday meal.

Nutritional Information for 1 serving: 135 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber

 

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes That You’ll Love

Turkey Pot Pie

Is your refrigerator full of leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? Eat ’em up with these clever Thanksgiving leftover recipes.

We hope that you had a happy and delicious Thanksgiving this year and got to stuff yourself on turkey with all of the trimmings. Do you feel like you can never look at another plate of stuffing or cranberry sauce again? These leftover recipes use your extras in some surprising ways that you’ll love even if you’re over Thanksgiving food!

1. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie can use quite a few of those Thanksgiving leftovers. Follow this recipe, but use chopped leftover turkey in place of the ground beef. Top with mashed potatoes or even mashed sweet potatoes, and you can replace some of the vegetables with green bean casserole.

2. Potato Taquitos

Instead of making the mashed potatoes in this recipe, just add the cheese to the potatoes left over from Thanksgiving supper. You can follow the rest of the recipe exactly or add roasted vegetables or chopped turkey to include even more Thanksgiving dishes in this meal.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

3. Turkey Potato Empanadas

Morgan at Host the Toast came up with this recipe to spice up turkey and mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. If you’re running low on mashed potatoes, you can also use mashed sweet potatoes in this zingy recipe.

4. Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

This convenience recipe is even more convenient when you have turkey and stuffing in the refrigerator already. If you have roasted vegetables or a green bean casserole left over, you can use those in place of the vegetables the recipe calls for.

5. Sweet Potato Biscuits

Leftover sweet potato casserole works perfectly in place of the mashed sweet potato and buttermilk in this recipe. Instead of one cup mashed sweets and 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, substitute 2 1/2 cups sweet potato casserole.

6. Turkey Pot Pie

Of course this recipe is great for using leftover turkey, but you can also use green bean casserole or roasted veggies in place of the peas in this filling pot pie. If you served roasted potatoes, you can dice those up instead of using raw potatoes, and add them closer to the end so that they don’t overcook.

7. Potato Cakes with Fried Eggs and Turkey-Red Pepper Hash

You can even create Thanksgiving leftover recipes for breakfast. This recipe uses mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy for a hearty after-Thanksgiving breakfast.

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers Wrap

Combine your leftovers in a whole grain or spinach tortilla, and wrap them up burrito-style. Try layering on mashed potatoes, a little bit of cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing, and even a bit of gravy. You can also serve this on bread.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Tell us in the comments!

Creative Commons Image Credits:

Gastrocast #36 by Neal Foley
Post-Thanksgiving Fridge by Lynn Gardner