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Salt Roasted Mini Potatoes with Garlic Sage Beer Butter

Salt Roasted Mini Potatoes with Garlic Sage Beer Butter. The most delicious appetizer you can make with just ten minutes prep! 

I have a confession to make.

Or possibly more of a reminder.

It occurred to me, when I was posting this on instagram, that if you just stumbled upon this weird life that I decided to curate, that it may appear to you that it’s always looked like this.

To you maybe I’ve always existed in this space, always been given money in exchange for taking photos and writing down words and recipes. So, my friend, I’m here to show you the origins. The beginning of the journey to give you context.

This is the first food photo I ever took. I took it, and posted it on the internet for humans with eyes to actually see:

That’s the place I started. I’m telling you this so that you know that you have a shot. At whatever you want, at that dream you keep ignoring. The girl who took the above photo now gets paid to take photos for real-life magazines, if that’s possible, you aren’t too far away from what you want.

I’m probably not more talented than you, or smarter, or more organized (definitely not more organized), my life wasn’t more amenable to a career shift,  but I didn’t stop. I worked what was essentially two full-time jobs before I was able to make this one work. I clung to the idea like it was the sole thread to pull me away from a life that made me feel like I was drowning. I didn’t hear "no", I heard "Someday I’ll wish I’d said yes to you." I didn’t care if no one responded to my emails, or that I was spending more money than I was making. I didn’t know if it was all futile, I didn’t know if it would ever lead me anywhere. I just kept moving.

There are still days I feel like a fraud. Days I wonder why anyone would actually pay me for this. Days when I feel like the box filled with what I don’t know about photography is far bigger than the one full of what I do know. But I’m still moving, still going forward. Still trying to figure out what’s next. Because, like I said last week, the goal isn’t to be perfect, it’s to be better than yesterday.

Salt Roasted Mini Potatoes with Garlic Sage Beer Butter

Salt Roasted Mini Potatoes with Garlic Sage Beer Butter. The most delicious appetizer you can make with just ten minutes prep!
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 3lbs box Kosher salt
  • 2 lbs mini potatoes
  • ½ cup salted butter or unsalted butter plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 cloves peeled garlic
  • 4 fresh sage leaves chopped
  • 1 tablespoon malty beer Oktoberfest, Bock, Belgian


  • Preheat the oven to 425.
  • Sprinkle a layer of salt in the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Scrub potatoes, pat dry, and poke a few holes into each, add them to the pan on top of the salt.
  • Pour the remaining salt over the potatoes until mostly covered.
  • Roast for 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly. Break the salt pack, remove the potatoes, add to a serving dish.
  • Add the butter, garlic and sage to a pot over medium heat until the butter has melted, remove from heat, allow to steep for 10 minutes (this can also be done in the microwave).
  • Add the melted butter, garlic, and sage to a small bender or food processor along with the beer, blend until well combined. Re-heat the butter if it starts to congeal. Serve potatoes along with melted butter.


*Add more beer, if desired. If the beer butter is too bitter, add honey a teaspoon at a time to counterbalance the bitterness.


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Paula Kiger January 12, 2017 um 7:52 pm

Love the recipe, but more importantly, love the message. Thanks for the reminder not to give up!


Susan January 13, 2017 um 12:34 pm

Your photos are amazing! I love the artistry and colors, and quite honestly because your recipes are an homage to incorporating a love of beer with the love of food! Thank you for cheering me up every time I see your emails in my inbox 🙂


Christiane January 14, 2017 um 2:06 pm

What a great inspiration you are! And what a difference from your first photo to now! Love your photos, recipes and stories.


Josh @ The Kentucky Gent January 17, 2017 um 8:40 am

God, when I look back at my old photos (and even sometimes current ones) I’m like WTF WAS I EVER THINKING?!


Jackie January 17, 2017 um 10:20 am

Right?! I can’t believe how bad they were. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know how terrible I was or I may have never kept going 🙂


Carrie January 21, 2017 um 8:38 am

Do you just discard the salt? Or do you now have a fancy flavored salt? 🙂


Marizka du Toit January 30, 2017 um 3:28 am

Looks so yummy and fuss free!


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