When I woke up this morning, I had a huge appetite for potatoes. I didn't quite know how I wanted them, but I was wanting something different. As I looked around the kitchen, I came up with an idea I thought would be pretty good. As it turns out, they turned out amazing and so tasty.
I had to give them an appropriate name though. They were crispy, a little spicy and a hint of sweet. They were also golden brown. So Southwest gold came to mind. I think it describes them very well. Southwest because of the spice and gold because of the color. Works for me!
First thing to do is preheat your oven to 450* (232*c)
3-4 large potatoes
2-3T good chili powder
1/2-1tsp. chipotle pepper powder (depending on how spicy you like)
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1/4c cornmeal ( I use Quaker brand)
2-4T honey (or if you are Vegan, agave, brown rice syrup or maple syrup)
2T chopped fresh cilantro (outside the US, fresh coriander)
Start out by peeling your potatoes if they are not organic. If you want the skins on, wash very well.
After all of the potatoes are peeled or washed well, slice into 1 inch rounds.
When all the potatoes are cut into rounds, cut those rounds into quarters.
Place all the cut potatoes into a colander. Rinse them all well. Shake off any water, but keep in the colander.
Mix the spices together, and sprinkle over the potatoes. Get your hands dirty and mix them all up, so all the pieces are covered.
After all the pieces are covered with the spice, sprinkle with the cornmeal.
Again, get your hands dirty and stir the potatoes around until they are all covered.
When all the pieces are covered evenly, transfer to a pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone pad (make sure it is rated to 450*)
Place in hot oven. Bake for 20 minutes and then open the oven and stir and turn the pieces. Bake another 10 minutes. Stir and turn again and go 10 more minutes. At this point they should be done and very crispy. Take out of the oven and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle the honey (or whatever you are using) and mix well. Place on your plate and add the fresh chopped herbs.
I serve with ketchup or salsa. You could also squeeze a lime on them and top with avocado. ENJOY!!