This week I’ve had the pleasure of visiting with my parents in my hometown of Fort Payne, Alabama while off of work for spring break (trust me, I am fully aware of this luxury!). One thing that I always look forward to while in Fort Payne is having a barbecue salad from a restaurant called The Bar-B-Q Place. Growing up in the South and especially now living in a city such as Tuscaloosa, barbecue is not an uncommon find. However, the thing that makes The Bar-B-Q Place such a treat is a side dish called Jo Jo Potatoes that I always order alongside my salad (everything in moderation!). In fact, these little potatoes are so yummy, they have been listed as an item on the 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die.
Now, I cannot claim these little potato slices are the healthiest option on the menu, but The Barbecue Place’s secret blend of spices and method of breading makes them a yummy but greasy treat. If you’re not preparing your potatoes via deep frying all the time, potatoes can actually be a wonderful staple to your diet! Though we often prepare our potatoes by deep frying them or adding copious amounts of butter, cheese, and bacon, potatoes in their more natural state by simple cooking methods (roasting with olive oil, boiling, grilling, etc.) can provide great nutrition! Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrate to fuel our body and are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc!
Hopefully during the rest of my trip here I can maintain some balance to my diet, but I look forward to sharing more yummy finds along the way!
P.S. If you happen to be local to Alabama, particularly Fort Payne, and know the recipe that The Bar-B-Q Place uses, please share! It would definitely make for a great recipe redux 😉