When I heard about Alyssa and Faith’s brilliant Food Blogger Cookbook Swap, I knew I had to take part. I am a cookbook fiend – no better bedtime reading than a fresh, brand-spankin’-new-to-me cookbook. I’m weird.
The premise is this: Send a gently used cookbook from your collection – perhaps one that’s collecting a bit of dust – to another food blogger that also signed up for the swap. And you’ll receive one, too! I was totally in.
I sent a candy-making cookbook called Sugarbaby to Adriana of Great Food 360. And then my cookbook arrived. Yay! The multi-talented Rose of Avocado Bravado sent me a lush, oversized Turkish cuisine cookbook that she picked up during her travels in Istanbul a couple of years ago. Lucky me!
The section of vegetarian recipe contained mouthwatering choice after mouthwatering choice, but ultimately I settled upon a recipe for Potatoes Baked with Tomatoes and Feta.
I’m an olive nut, so it was important for me to double the amount of olives called for in the recipe, and then add “olives” to the title. Olives are one of life’s little pleasures. Especially kalamata olives. Come to mama, dear olives.
You know, it’s occurred to me recently that I really haven’t created many sides for this blog, and I need to change that. After all, substantial sides are a staple in our mixed-diet kitchen. They work as the main act for me, and as a side dish for my carnivorous guy. (Meanwhile, the picky toddler sits in her booster seat munching on bacon, but that’s a story for another day.)
Anyway, these Potatoes Baked with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta are certainly a main-dish-worthy side. A mix of diced tomatoes, red onions, and spices blanket Baby Yukon Gold potatoes and kalamata olives. Crumble some feta cheese over the top, and then bake to perfection.
It’s a traditional Turkish dish originating from the heart of Turkey. It’s supposed to be baked in an earthenware dish, so if you have one, put it to use! I do not; but I might need to change that if I keep making it. And I’m pretty sure I will.
Such fun to participate in the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap. Here are all of the other blogs who took part:
A Baker’s House
An Edible Mosaic
Blue Kale Road
Blueberries And Blessings
Cheap Recipe Blog
Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Create Amazing Meals
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Dinner is Served 1972
Done With Corn
Eats Well With Others
Flour Me With Love
From My Sweet Heart
Great Food 360°
I’m Gonna Cook That!
Je Mange la Ville
Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Olive and Herb
OnTheMove-In The Galley
Our Best Bites
Paleo Gone Sassy
poet in the pantry
Rhubarb and Honey
Rocky Mountain Cooking
Shikha la mode
Spoonful of Flavor
Tara’s Multicultural Table
The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler
The Suburban Soapbox
The Whole Family’s Food
And here’s the recipe!
Potatoes Baked with Tomatoes, Olives, & Feta
- 1 1/2 pounds baby Yukon Gold or other thin-skinned yellow potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium red onions (quartered and sliced thinly)
- 4 medium garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano + another 1/2 teaspoon for topping
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 fresh red chili (an jalapeno would also work)
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
- 30 pitted kalamata olives
- 3 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Plain yogurt and lemon wedges for topping/serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fill a large pot about halfway with water, and add the potatoes. Set on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain potatoes and rinse with cool water. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then cut into thick slices.
- Add the olive oil to a heavy pan set over medium heat. Cook the onions until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, chili, and oregano and cook, stirring, for another minute. Stir in the sugar, vinegar, and tomatoes. Add a couple pinches of salt and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. Taste and add additional salt if you'd like.
- Add the potatoes to the baking dish and top with olives. Toss lightly. Pour the tomato mixture over the top. Crumble the feta over the tomatoes, drizzle with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oregano.
- Bake for 25 - 30 miinutes until heated through.
- Serve hot, topping individual servings with dollops of yogurt and lemon juice as desired.