Tikka’s Potatoes

My family members are serious of J.R.R. Tolken fans… When I say that I mean that my dad read the Hobbit to us every night before bed, and had us each read Lord of the Rings on our own. My dad doesn’t like the movies because they don’t follow the books. So… we are J.R.R. Tolken fans.

Well in one of the Lord of the Rings books, I guess there is an inn-keeper named Tikka (I don’t actually remember this part – I am going off of what my mom recalls) who makes phenomenal roasted or fried potatoes. Inspired by this, my mom roasted some potatoes in her cast-iron pan, and then blackened them in the oven. They were the most awesome potatoes ever! 

I don’t have a cast-iron pan (I will stick to my wok for now) so I can’t stick my pan in the oven to blacken them, but these potatoes are still perfectly crispy and delicious! We eat them all the time… for breakfast with eggs, for lunch with sausages or on the side of whatever we are eating for dinner, and they are so versatile that you can use them for anything in between!


4 medium potatoes (baked or microwaved)
3 TBS olive oil
1 TBS garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
salt to taste


Cut the potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Put the potatoes and oil in a frying pan and saute over medium-high heat. Allow the potatoes to cook for 3-5 minutes each time, before flipping with a spatula, as this will allow them to obtain a crispy crust. Fry for 10-15 minutes, flipping occasionally, until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy. Add the garlic powder, paprika and salt.

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