Thursday, October 17, 2013

the ketchup test

Earlier this week I received my first (of many) order of Sir Kensington's gourmet ketchup.  How is it that I'm just getting around to diving into this cute little jar of pure tomato goodness?  I couldn't wait to taste the classic version, so I used a spoon for immediate satisfaction.  To compare the classic version to the spiced (notice it's not spicy), I went to my favorite ketchup pairing - the roasted potato wedge.
My husband pitched, and we both enjoyed a very in depth, and very filling, taste test of the 2 varieties.
As you can see, we almost finished the jar of classic ketchup, which also happened to be my personal favorite.  The taste of vine-ripened tomatoes combined with quality ingredients, including apple cider vinegar and brown sugar, is absolutely divine. The spiced version has whispers of a delicate bbq sauce.  I cannot say enough about this condiment!  Sir Kensington's website is also not to be missed.  Besides ordering these little jars of tomato perfection, one will enjoy perusing for its wit and charm. 

Roasted Potatoes -  for dipping in ketchup, mayonnaise, or just for eating in large quantities

Serves 4

1lb potatoes - Yukon Gold are the best for roasting.
1/4 c. olive oil
1 tsp. Herbes de Provence ( dried thyme or oregano will also work just fine)
small pinch red pepper flakes - if you like a little heat
sea salt and pepper 

Preheat oven to 425 F- for a convection oven I use the Roast setting

Cut potatoes lengthwise into quarters, or eighths if the potatoes are large.  These should be just a bit larger than bite size.  Put the pieces into a large mixing bowl.

Add olive oil, dried herbs, red pepper flakes,  2 pinches of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Spread the potatoes onto a baking sheet, then sprinkle with a bit more salt.

Place sheet pan into oven for about 15- 20 minutes.  Once the potatoes start to brown, they're done.  You can always taste one to make sure it's completely cooked, if not there is no harm it putting them back into the oven.

When they're done, let them cool and then get your condiments !!


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