Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was amazing! I was really impressed by all of the effects and I thought it was surprisingly clever, funny, and a bit scary, especially for a PG movie. You should all go and see it if you haven’t yet! It beat The Dark Knight for biggest midnight opening (TDK made $18 million and HP made $20 million), so it’s got to be good (although it’s definitely no Dark Knight, don’t worry).
Either way, food! Kramer, my fiancee, is a meat and potatoes kind of guy (he especially loves potatoes). He now enjoys a great variety of foods now that we’ve been together for almost five years, but when we first started dating, he mostly ate spaghetti, ramen, potatoes, and corned beef hash with potatoes. That being said, even today, when he sees that I’m cooking with potatoes, he comes over into the kitchen to see what I’m up to. It’s pretty funny and very predictable. He was, however, a bit skeptical about the idea of Asian flavors going into a really simple ground pork and potato sort of hash. I had to tell him that I know what I’m doing and that he should “go watch TV or something.” When I handed him a bowl of this, he responded, “Great job on the potatoes!” and ate the whole bowl. The dish is just, as I said, ground pork and roasted potatoes tossed together with oyster sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, and peanut oil, with leftover random chopped vegetables I had in my fridge. I think that this meal was a great success. It was simple and hearty, and the flavors are a bit of a surprise. The oyster sauce makes it a bit sweet, along with the sesame oil, while the soy sauce gives it saltiness (which are perfect for the potatoes) and a bit more depth. I promise this will be a crowd pleaser, and when you tell them there’s oyster sauce in it, it may surprise some people (Kramer was wary of it at first but now he loves it). Enjoy!
The ingredients. I know there’s rice wine vinegar up there, but I didn’t end up using it. Same goes for the olive oil.
Wash and dice your potatoes and toss them with sesame oil, peanut oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes.
Place them on a lined and or greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 40-50 minutes, until the potatoes are golden and slightly crisp.
Drizzle some peanut oil in a large skillet and heat it up.
Cook the pork until no longer pink, and season with salt and white ground pepper.
Add in the bell pepper, carrot, garlic, and onion, then add in the oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cook for 5 minutes.
Make sure your potatoes and nice and golden.
Then add them to your pan and toss to coat.
- 5 medium potatoes, cubed
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon peanut oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 bell pepper, sliced
- ½ onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 carrot, chopped
- 2 teapoons white ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash and cube your potatoes and toss them in the sesame oil, peanut oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until they are crispy and golden.
- When the potatoes are almost done, begin to cook the pork over medium-high heat. Heat a drizzle of peanut oil in a large skillet and add the ground pork. Break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, and when it is no longer pink, add in your bell pepper, onion, carrot, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add in the white pepper, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cook for another 5 minutes to allow the sauces to reduce a bit.
- When the meat is ready, take the potatoes and add them to the skillet. Toss to coat everything well and serve.