September can be a very busy month for most of us as families re-adjust to the demands of work, school and sports. It’s also a busy month for Wisconsin farmers, putting in long hours harvesting early autumnal crops like potatoes.
As our calendars fill up, making time for a sit-down family meal can start to feel overwhelming. So, this month we’re focusing on easy-to-prepare meals that don’t demand a lot of time, yet provide a great nutritional boost.
Because September is Chicken Month, and fingerling harvesting is underway in Wisconsin, we’ll start with healthy fingerling potato recipes that are perfect with chicken. Fingerlings are a great complement to chicken because of their earthy, nutty flavor. Fingerlings — which are white, red, yellow or purple — have a very thin skin that is best to leave on the potato. Like all potatoes, fingerlings are a great source of potassium, fiber and Vitamin C — and they’re also free of cholesterol, fat, sodium and gluten.
Don’t confuse fingerlings with new potatoes though. New potatoes are harvested before they are mature, but fingerlings are completely mature and very flavorful — they just naturally grow much smaller than regular potatoes. Fingerlings also look like a finger (thus, the name) — and they tend to be knobby in appearance.
Fingerlings tend to be kid-friendly too. Why? They’re tiny — and to a child, that’s fun. They’re also colorful and have a light texture. And because their skin is so thin, most children won’t object to eating them with the skin on.
For those of you preparing the meal, you’ll love fingerlings because of their versatility — they’re great as appetizers, in soups, stews, salads and main dishes, and can be roasted, baked, boiled or just popped into the microwave.
And now, for those easy-to-make recipes:
Walnut Stuffed Crescent Fingerling Potatoes. This recipe consists of just four ingredients — yet it’s packed with flavor. If you’re a gardener and have some dill to spare during this pickling season, get out your shears!
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Chive Pesto. This recipe is the perfect pre-dinner snack or grilled chicken side dish. Again, if you’re a gardener, you’ll be happy to see a list of fresh ingredients you typically harvest in fall — chives, parsley and garlic.
Fingerling Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Bacon. Bacon is a popular ingredient these days, and this food blogger recommends serving this tasty dish with roasted chicken. That’s a win-win situation.
Fingerling Potato Salad with Gremolata Dressing. This recipe calls for steamed fingerlings — which helps you retain more nutrients. The Gremolata dressing is a simple-to-make combination of parsley, lemon and garlic.
Grilled Chicken with Roasted Garlic Oregano Vinaigrette and Grilled Fingerling Potatoes. September is still a great time to grill and this delicious and nutritious meal takes less than an hour to prepare and grill.
So take a deep breath — and simplify your September with some tasty, easy-to-prepare fingerling recipes!