Everyone knows that cooking at home is unequivocally better for your health (and waistline) than eating out. That knowledge doesn't override the desire to eat something quick and easy, though, which means that possessing an arsenal of fast and simple recipes can be crucial. And since variety is the spice of life, recipes that provide a new take on an old staple are valuable tools in the kitchen, too. Chef John's fondant potatoes definitely tick these boxes.
This recipe uses a common staple that many folks rely on as a side to complete their meal. Now, when they’re turned into French fries or chips, potatoes aren't exactly good for you, but potatoes actually do have some nutritional benefits. On their own, potatoes can provide lots of fiber, which protects against cardiovascular disease and cancer. They’re also a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid, as well as phytonutrients that act as antioxidants. These nutritional goodies work to lower blood pressure and build cells by promoting enzymatic reactions.
Yes, some of the big pluses of potatoes might be a bit reduced by the other ingredients in Chef John's fondant technique, but they sure look good! Formally educated, Chef John Mitzewich has over 20 years of success in the food industry under his belt, so he knows how to make a tasty dish. He's worked in restaurants, in the classroom as an instructor and also in catering. After many years, he decided to take yet another career path and share his knowledge with the masses, primarily through his blog and YouTube channel, both named Food Wishes, as well as a partnership with the popular recipe site AllRecipes.