Twice Cooked Potatoes with Spicy Ketchup

Simple potatoes go from ordinary to extraordinary by being boiled, roasted, and then drizzled with and served alongside spicy ketchup.

Once again, I was seriously dreading watching this month’s Food ‘n Flix movie; mainly because I assumed that it was going to be some boring sci-fi movie about Mars and that there would be no food to be inspired by other than astronaut ice cream. So, of course, I waited until the very last moment to watch the movie chosen by this month’s host A Day in the Life on the Farm, to put off the torture as long as I possibly could. Well, once again, surprise, surprise, surprise, the movie was incredible. All that procrastination was completely unnecessary.

The Martian” was chosen for this month’s movie, starring Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney, whose character is stranded on Mars by his fellow crewmembers during a storm and left to discover on his own how to survive until the next Mars-bound crew can reach him. This means, that he must learn how to grow food on a planet where nothing can grow. Through lots of hard work and experimentation…spoiler alert…his solution is to grow a crop of potatoes in his crewmembers salvaged poo. Yummy, huh? Kinda gets you in the mood to eat potatoes right now, doesn’t it?

Eventually, the food in this movie centers solely around potatoes, yet somehow even this scenario still finds a way to be entertaining. With lines like, “It’s been seven days since I ran out of ketchup,” and “I’m going to dip this potato in some crushed Vicodin and there’s nobody who can stop me,” it’s hard not to laugh your way through Watney’s hardships. Somehow I think each and every single one of us would find ourselves having the exact same feelings if faced with a similar fate. Although, I know that I myself would most likely be dead in the first place. I pretty much suck at science, engineering, and math, so I would most likely die right away from ignorance if left in space alone for even five minutes.

For this month’s recipe, I decided to stay true to the movie and use potatoes, ketchup, and very few other ingredients. Sorry folks, no Vicodin today. Instead, I focused mainly on the cooking method. If I had to eat potatoes for several years straight, I sure as hell know that I wouldn’t want to eat them the same way every single day. The twice-cooked method used in this recipe gives the inside of the potatoes a creamy texture while allowing the outside of each potato to become golden brown, crispy, and absolutely scrumptious. These potatoes were so addictively amazing, that it’s quite possible I may never eat potatoes another way again. Although I have to admit, there is a part of me that’s wondering what a potato covered in crushed Vicodin would taste like.

Simple potatoes go from ordinary to extraordinary by being boiled, roasted, and then drizzled with and served alongside spicy ketchup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Baby Red Potatoes, Peeled
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 3 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Teaspoons Hot Sauce

Simple potatoes go from ordinary to extraordinary by being boiled, roasted, and then drizzled with and served alongside spicy ketchup.

Directions:

  1. Boil the potatoes and 1-teaspoon sea salt in water over high heat until fork tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and allow them to rest until they are cool enough to handle.
  3. Tear each potato into two or three pieces.
  4. Place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the ground salt and pepper.
  5. Carefully use your hands to evenly coat the potatoes.
  6. Roast the potatoes in a cold 450-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and hot sauce.
  8. Drizzle 1/3 of the ketchup mixture over the browned potatoes, toss to coat, and then roast for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
  9. Serve the crispy potatoes with the remaining ketchup mixture as a dipping sauce.

Simple potatoes go from ordinary to extraordinary by being boiled, roasted, and then drizzled with and served alongside spicy ketchup.

Suggestions:

  • You may substitute regular red potatoes in this recipe, however, they will take longer to boil and you will have to tear them into more pieces than the baby red potatoes. I had baby red potatoes on hand, so that is what I used.
  • I started baking the potatoes in a cold oven because I am basically the most impatient person in the world. Why waste precious gas or electricity? Just be careful to keep an eye on the potatoes to make sure they don’t burn. Every oven is different.
  • Watch “The Martian” and come up with your own recipe using potatoes, ketchup, or Vicodin if you’re truly crazy. I can guarantee that you will absolutely fall in love with this movie; Vicodin or no Vicodin.

Simple potatoes go from ordinary to extraordinary by being boiled, roasted, and then drizzled with and served alongside spicy ketchup.

Improvements:

  • Sprinkle with chives before serving.
  • Melt grated cheddar over the roasted potatoes.
  • Use Sir Kensington’s Ketchup in this recipe; it’s far superior to other name brands of ketchup.
  • Meet my favorite vegetable peeler. I refuse to use anything other than this OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler.
  • This Whisk Mixer is one of the handiest kitchen gadgets I have in my kitchen. I currently own two that are similar to the one shown below and am constantly finding myself washing at least one of them because they are both dirty and in constant use.

Twice Cooked Potatoes with Spicy Ketchup

Twice Cooked Potatoes with Spicy Ketchup

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Pounds Baby Red Potatoes, Peeled
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Sea Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 3 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3 Teaspoons Hot Sauce

Directions:

  1. Boil the potatoes and 1-teaspoon sea salt in water over high heat until fork tender.
  2. Drain the potatoes and allow them to rest until they are cool enough to handle.
  3. Tear each potato into two or three pieces.
  4. Place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the ground salt and pepper.
  5. Carefully use your hands to evenly coat the potatoes.
  6. Roast the potatoes in a cold 450-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and hot sauce.
  8. Drizzle 1/3 of the ketchup mixture over the browned potatoes, toss to coat, and then roast for an additional 4 to 5 minutes.
  9. Serve the crispy potatoes with the remaining ketchup mixture as a dipping sauce.
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Simple potatoes go from ordinary to extraordinary by being boiled, roasted, and then drizzled with and served alongside spicy ketchup.

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  • Wendy Klik

    So glad that you enjoyed the movie Colleen. It is one of my favorites. Your recipe, as always, is perfect and your post, as always, made me laugh.

    • So glad that I could once again make you laugh…it was the Vicodin wasn’t it? Thanks for picking this movie…I truly loved it and can’t wait to watch it again with B.O.B. Bob.

  • tchole213

    Yum! I’m just admiring though since potatoes are no longer a part of my diet. 😒 lol
    Great throughout and little hearted read with another delicious looking recipe!

    • Thank you and how sad…no potatoes…not sure if I could do that.

  • Hasannah McGhee

    When I saw twice cooked potatoes I automatically thought twice baked potato, simply cause I love them. But I’m glad I can now add this to the list and with the spicy ketchup. Yummy!

    • They are so good…not to mention healthier than most potatoes…which means not nearly as much guilt!

  • I also was surprised by that movie! No Vicodin…hilarious! Your potatoes look so amazing and I am making burgers at home this weekend…now I have a side dish for them. Pinned

    • Hope you like them…I had a hard time not eating them before dinner…they were so addictive…even without the Vicodin!

  • TheHeSaidSheSaidExp

    I have to check out this Food’n Flix Club! That sounds like so much fun!

    • It’s quite nice to watch movies I otherwise wouldn’t haven chosen. You should give it a try!

  • thenotsocreativecook

    Good timing, I am planning to make a whole30 ketchup and I love your version of twice cooked potatoes. I need to find a way with that brown sugar, though. Thanks for sharing, Colleen. 😘

    • Yeah, the brown sugar may be a problem…but you could dip these potatoes in any sauce and they would be amazing!

  • Ok, #1, I love potatoes. #2 I super love ketchup and I’ve never heard of that kind you mentioned so now I MUST FIND IT. Do you know if I could find it anywhere around here in Virginia?

    • So many places sell it now, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding it! They also make other condiments that are fantastic as well!

  • Alba Garza

    Funny thing is we just watched the Martian too. We love ketchup and all things spicy. Thanks for the recipe. I like my potatoes crispy.

    • Such a great movie…I’m not a huge ketchup fan, however, I really enjoyed it this go around and I plan on making this recipe over and over again in the future.

  • Kris King

    This looks so yummy and love the ketchup with a kick! Not sure I’m in a rush to see the Martian now though lol

    • You’d be surprised Kris…there is no way you could not like this movie…even I was shocked!

  • SO cool that you guys use movies for food inspiration. Everyone keeps telling me that I need to watch The Martian. It’s still on my bucket movie list!

    • WATCH IT!!! Oh please…it’s so funny! Not something I was expecting!

  • I love where the inspiration for these posts are coming from. I loved the Martian, thought it was great drama mixed with comedy. I’m so glad you shared how to make spicy ketchup, because my husband loves Whaterburger’s. So I’ve been trying to find a recipe like it but none have worked. This already sounds like it could be the winner!

  • OMG I had forgotten about the shitty potatoes!!! HAHAHA Sounds like a great movie/cooking club though! 🙂 I am a big potato lover, especially for breakfast so I could totally pair this with eggs and green juice. LOVE!

    • Sounds like the perfect breakfast Alli…I really wish I had known about this movie sooner…so good!

  • Sahra

    that looks delicious! and so perfect for a chilly evening!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

    • Thanks Sahra…I’m hoping to pull this recipe off a lot in the near future…be in chilly or warm!

  • Chimee Ahaiwe

    I look forward to your post each week ! Looks yummy!

    • How sweet Chimee…thanks for the supportive love! I enjoy seeing all the Houston fashion as well…it make me feel like a road trip needs to happen!

  • Tameka Wells

    This is complete carb heaven!! I love potatoes and I know my family would love this recipe too. I have to try it!

  • That is what potatoes should look like! And love the spicy ketchup…hey I made Mars ice cream, offended lol (not offended) 🙂

  • Amy CookingAdventures

    Yum! Your potatoes look amazing adn the ketchip sounds divine!

    • Thanks Amy, they were certainly one of my favorite bites recently!

  • I felt the same way, totally wanted to stay true to the potato theme – it just felt right! These sound delicious…the taters and the spicy ketchup!