PERFECTLY CRISPY ROASTED POTATOES, EVERY TIME by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


hands down potatoes are best in the summer. unlike the winter varieties, they’re fresh, and tiny, and delicate. and they make for the most tender insides and offers the most crisp skin provided you cook them in the right way. i’m sure the technique i’m about to wax poetic about has been used time and time again, but i wanted to share it in case there’s anyone out there reading this that hasn’t tried it before.

perhaps this recipe is more of a weekend dish, as the technique adds one extra step, and therefore adds some more time. but i guarantee you, the extra time will be worth it! so what do we do?

  1. we par-boil the potatoes - whole. i’ve tried boiling them cut, but in the end i found that it adds too much moisture which takes away from how crispy they could potentially get.

  2. then we let the potatoes cool completely, then cut them into quarters. (if you really have the time, let them cool, then refrigerate them overnight and cooked the potatoes the next day.)

  3. next comes the roasting. i’ve found that spraying parchment with avocado or olive oil then laying the potatoes in an even layer, then spraying their tops and sides to be best. otherwise you run the risk of adding too much oil, which can also take away from their crispness.

  4. let them cool for at least 10 minutes before you serve them. as the potatoes cool slightly their skin becomes a bit more crisp.

and that’s it! i really hope you all give this recipe a try, it’s definitely been a game changer around here!

happy august, everyone. i hope this last month of summer is especially good to you! xo.



perfectly crispy roasted potatoes, every time | v & gf

i prefer to use baby yukon gold potatoes here, but red or purple potatoes would be great here too. i still have yet to try fingerling potatoes, but have a feeling they would be delicious too!

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| serves 4 as a side |

  • 1 pound new potatoes (see notes above)

  • fine sea salt

  • avocado oil spray (or olive oil spray)

  • flaky sea salt

tuscan-style potatoes:

  • leaves from 2 sprigs rosemary, minced

  • leaves from 3 sprigs oregano, minced

  • zest from 1/2 lemon

  • 1 clove garlic, grated over a microplane or minced

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • salt & freshly ground pepper



method

  1. place the potatoes in a large pot with a few fat pinches of salt; cover them with about an inch of cold water. bring the potatoes to a boil, then turn heat down to a steady simmer, and cook for roughly 8-10 minutes, until a potato pierced with a sharp knife slides off the blade. strain the potatoes and let them cool completely.

  2. preheat the oven to 450°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. once the potatoes are cool, slice them into quarters (or halves, depending on their size). spray the parchment paper with a layer of oil, and place the potatoes in a single layer, making sure they’re not touching. spray the tops and sides of potatoes and place in the center of the oven. bake 30-35 minutes, flipping them every 15 minutes, until their edges are lightly golden and crisp.

  4. remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, liberally add flaky sea salt then serve.

  5. to make tuscan-style potatoes: in a small bowl, combine the minced herbs, lemon zest, garlic, and olive oil. season with salt and pepper. after the potatoes have cooled for 10 minutes, toss in the tuscan seasoning, taste and adjust salt, if needed. then serve immediately.


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MAPLE-VANILLA CASHEW CREAM by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


we’re talking sauce this sunday, but one that’s creamy and sweet! weekday mornings have the tendency to be monotonous, and this cashew cream aims to jazz up those sometimes boring breakfasts into something that you look forward to. i can easily fall into the smoothie-every-morning routine, but i find that when i have this cream sitting in my fridge i’m more likely to prepare a breakfast that takes me out of the routine and starts my day in a fun, refreshing way. all we do here is soak the cashews for up to 5 hours (or overnight). then it’s a quick whiz in your blender with maple syrup, a couple teaspoons vanilla extract, fresh lemon juice, a splash of vinegar (i know, sounds weird, but a little bit goes a long way in giving this cream a little punch), a pinch of salt, and some water to get everything nice and smooth.

when i make this sweet cashew cream, i find that my weekend prep is a bit breakfast-heavy. sometimes i’ll prep a big batch of steel cut oats to heat up for breakfast, or i’ll either buy or make a big batch of waffles or pancakes to defrost throughout the week. i also find that i tend to purchase more berries and stone fruit both to top said oats and waffles, but also for dipping into this cream! i have a recipe on this site (which has always been a popular recipe here) for my favorite steel cut oats with sauteed peaches, and the addition of the maple-vanilla cashew cream takes that creamy note to the next level! a little bit of prep to make breakfasts more desirable goes a long way (in my opinion). i’ve always found that it’s the little things like making a cream/sauce like this that start your days off a little brighter. i hope that you find this as well!

happy sunday, friends! xo!



maple-vanilla cashew cream | v

| makes roughly 1 1/2 cups |

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method

  1. place drained cashews, water, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, vinegar, and salt in the container of an upright high-speed blender. blend o n high, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender, until the cream is completely smooth. taste and add more maple syrup if you want it sweeter, then blend again.

  2. use right away, or transfer the cream to lidded jar and store in your fridge for up to 1 week. the cream will thicken as it’s refrigerated, whisk in a bit of water, a little at a time, until pourable.

ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight (or at least for 5 hours), drained and rinsed

  • 3/4 cup filtered water, plus more if needed

  • 2-3 tablespoons good maple syrup (preferably grade b)

  • 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • pinch of fine salt



(CRINKLE TOP!) FUDGY FLOURLESS BROWNIES by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


at first thought you may think a brownie recipe which instructs you to turn your oven on in the dog days of summer is laughable, but i’m here to tell you that indeed this recipe is a must-make! once you’re finished baking these fudgy chocolate-y squares, and the heat emitting from your oven has surrendered, you’re left with a few options: eat these brownies as is, and hope you can control yourself to eat just 1 or 2. or (my preference), plop a couple in a bowl, scoop some vanilla bean ice cream over top, grab yourself a couple spoons (if you’re sharing), and dig in! in all seriousness, making brownies in the summer time is certainly one of my favorite things to make. before having a baby, frank and i would spend our weekends at the beach, and if i had enough forethought, i would make beach brownies for us and our friends. a beach day is good like that. throw all caution to the wind, surrender yourself to the salty sea air, and dig in to a delicious batch of brownies!

these are by far the easiest brownie recipe i’ve made to date. we use a handful of ingredients that (if you’re gluten-free) are pantry staples, an easy-peasy technique to get that notorious crinkly top, and a quick step to melt the coconut oil and chocolate in one bowl. it all comes together in about 10 minutes, then off to the oven for just over 20 minutes. these brownies are chewy with a bit of crispiness along the edges, and fudgy in the center without feeling too rich. you could easily throw some chopped chocolate in the batter (even though i think these are sweet and chocolatey enough), and/or chopped nuts for some texture and nutty tones. but i love these as is with a good sprinkle of flaky salt sprinkled over top 👌🏼

hope you love these! xo!



(crinkle top) fudgy flourless brownies | gf & df

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| makes 16 square brownies |

  • 1 cup almond flour

  • 1/2 cup cacao powder (or cocoa powder)

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

  • 1 cup coconut sugar

  • 2 large pasture raised eggs

  • 1/2 cup melted extra virgin coconut oil

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks (roughly 3 ounces)

  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract



method

  1. preheat oven to 350°F. grease an 8x8-inch square baking pan, and line it with parchment paper making sure there’s enough overhang on each side. grease the bottom of the parchment paper.

  2. in a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cacao powder, baking soda, and salt. in a large bowl beat together the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on medium-high for 2 minutes, until the mixture becomes pale in color and has slightly thickened. in pot over low heat, melt the coconut oil and measure out 1/2 cup in a liquid measure. add the chocolate and stir to melt. once melted, mix into the egg and sugar mixture, along with the vanilla until combined.

  3. a little at a time, add the dry ingredients, and mix on low until everything is combined.

  4. turn the batter out into your prepared pan, use a rubber spatula to spread the batter evenly into the corners and sides of the pan.

  5. bake in the center of your oven for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs may stick). let the brownies cool for roughly 30 minutes, then use the parchment wings to remove them from the pan. let them cool another 20 minutes, then slice into 16 squares.


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