Posted by: Kelsey Avers | April 24, 2010

Amazing Recipe #6: Side dish: Magic Potatoes 2.0 (college student version)

The inspiration for this recipe came from my dad, who often makes a potato side dish with dinner that he would call “magic potatoes” since we were kids, and to this day I still call them that. While his magic touch and exact ingredients make this a great side dish, I started making it on my own and realized that the ingredients could vary and it would still taste great. So this recipe is sort of the cheap ‘n lazy version of Magic Potatoes, thus dubbed “Magic Potatoes, quickie version 2.0.”

Potatoes are a very popular staple item to have in the house, and they do last a while. But don’t think “a while” means forever! Read up on How to Know When a Potato is Rotten.

The ingredients and recipe instructions below are for one large side serving of this side dish, so if you are making food for more than just yourself, feel free to increase the ingredient amount!

Magic Potatoes
(quickie version 2.0) (for one)

Yield: 1 large side serving of Magic Potatoes
Time to prepare: 5 minutes
Time to cook: 30-40 minutes (give or take some time; it all depends on your oven)

– 1 red or yellow potato
– 1/4 cup butter
– About 2 tablespoons (give or take, depending on your taste) of any seasonings you prefer (I use Thyme, Italian Seasoning, crushed Parsley and some crushed Basil)

Cut 'n Season

Cut 'n Season

– Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
– Get a oven-safe brownie tin/glass dish; you can choose to line this with foil or not, it doesn’t matter)
– Cut potato into bite size pieces, put into small bowl
– Melt butter, pour on top of potatoes
– Add the seasonings you would like
– Stir mixture with potatoes (the butter will kind of stay at the bottom of the bowl)
– Pour all ingredients into your baking dish, pouring any mixture on the bottom of the bowl on top of the potatoes (take this time to put any extra seasoning you would like on top of the potatoes)
– Bake 30-40 minutes or until browned, stirring every 10 minutes or so to mix up the potatoes in the butter mixture/keep the potatoes from sticking to foil if you’re using it (sometimes I remove the foil in the last 10 minutes; the potatoes get a nice, quick crunch to them real quick)
– Serve as a side dish with any meat such as steak or burgers, and a veggie side dish such as Sweetie-Time Carrots!

Magic Potatoes 2.0 (bottom left) shown with Sweetie-time Carrots and NY Strip Steak



  1. Sometimes parsley and is a nice thing to throw on top. It’s pretty much what you have laying around you can throw in

  2. Ok, you will have to make these next time you are over! But not the carrots!

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