Place potatoes in a saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes; drain and pat dry with paper towels.
Heat a large cast-iron or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of potatoes; sauté 8 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and potatoes. Add butter and garlic to pan. Stir in reserved potato mixture, salt, and pepper; sauté 1 minute or until mixture is thoroughly heated and golden brown, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; sprinkle with herbs.
I don't have a cast iron skillet, so I did the potatoes in a frying pan. I got tired of standing and stirring while I was trying to fix the rest of dinner. I put the potatoes on a baking sheet and roasted them for awhile, then dumped them back in the frying pan and finished with the butter and herbs. It was a big hit at my house.
These were pretty good, but took longer than I felt was worth the final result. I would normally just roast potatoes for this type of recipe, which takes a while, but is more hands-off. I, unfortunately, did not have fresh herbs on hand, so I used dried. I will try it again in the future with fresh and see if that helps brighten the flavor.
This recipe was excellent. I made it as printed in the magazine and it was a hit with my family. Served it with the spicy-honey glazed chicken thighs in the same issue, and dinner was quick and easy, and no special or exotic ingredients required. Will definitely be making this one again.
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