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Sometimes, a great dish just happens. Not much preparation, not much forethought goes into it, just one key ingredient, a favorite herb, simple garnishings, simple seasonings. The dish above combines the earthy taste of fried potatoes with the fragrant crunch of basil. Drizzled in olive oil, this is comfort food to curl up on the couch with. And if a beer happens to be nearby, then all is well with the world.

Basil Fried Potatoes

2 medium potatoes, sliced thinly, skin on

1 medium onion, sliced thinly

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

3-4 basil leaves, chopped coarsely

olive oil, a generous drizzle

salt and pepper to taste

Heat a skillet and pour in a tablespoon or two (who’s counting) of olive oil. Fry up the potatoes, making sure to move them around the skillet as their edges brown. Sprinkle garlic and onions halfway through the cooking process so that they crisp with the potatoes, but do not burn. Flip the potatoes over to brown both sides. Add chopped basil and crisp slightly just until translucent. Season with salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste.

Plop entire contents into a favorite bowl. This is where the drizzling comes in–stream in a little olive oil on top of the potatoes. Carry bowl to couch and dig in with a fork.

Potatoes on the couch for a couch potato. Perfect symmetry.

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