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RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:45 am

Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Just in time for Christmas feasting, here's a great side dish that doesn't take much time or effort: Hearty potato chunks roasted at 500F (260C), a searing hot temperature that browns the exterior of the potatoes to a crisp, crunchy crust as addictive as potato chips, while cooking the interior to a steaming, creamy texture that makes a beautiful contrast.

Accented with plenty of garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper for flavor, it makes a simple but appealing side dish good enough to draw attention away from the roast turkey or prime rib on the table. Almost.

Trust me on the high temperature ... don't get nervous and knock it down to a lower temp "just to be on the safe side." Run your oven as hot as it gets, just as many restaurant chefs do. Keep an eye on things, cooking by eye and by feel, not just by the clock, and you'll end up with the best roasted potatoes you ever ate.

It's easy to expand this recipe for a party. If you want to serve a larger group, just use one potato per customer and increase the other ingredients in proportion.

As always, if you try it, or better yet, if you come up with your own variations to play a riff on the theme, let me know how you fare!

INGREDIENTS: (Serves two)

2 large baking potatoes
2 or 3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil or more
Salt
Black pepper

PROCEDURE:

1. Preheat your oven to 500F (260C).

2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into roughly 1-inch (2.5 cm) cubes. "Blanch" them in a saucepan with salted water to cover, bring to a boil and turn down to a gentle simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, no longer. Don't overcook - you don't want to boil the potatoes, just get them started while softening the starchy exterior to give you a good base for your flavorful, crunchy crust.

2. While the potatoes are blanching, mince the garlic fine. Grease a large baking sheet with a small amount of the olive oil.

3. Drain the potatoes well, put them in a mixing bowl, and toss with the rest of the oil, the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. When the potatoes are evenly covered with oil and garlic (use a little extra oil if needed), spread them evenly in one layer on the baking sheet.

4. Put the potatoes in the oven and don't open the door for 15 minutes. At the end of that time, take out the baking sheet - taking care to use a sturdy oven mitt or heavy pot holders - and use a thin metal spatula to turn every piece. Be careful to slide the spatula under each piece so you don't leave delicious crunchy bits stuck to the pan. Return it to the oven and roast for another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown. Remove to a heated serving bowl, hit it with a little more salt and pepper if you like, and serve.

<B>MATCHING WINE:</b>
As a side dish, this will be expected to serve with the wine you've chosen to match the main course, and its pleasant starchy flavors shouldn't war with any wine I can imagine. They went very nicely indeed with lamb chops and a simple, good-value Burgundy, <B>Paul Pernot 2005 Bourgogne Pinot Noir</b>.
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Paulo in Philly » Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:26 pm

Yum!!! But why no rosemary? :shock:

I could eat these potatoes till the cows come home, or till I turn into a cow - one or the other.
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:02 pm

Paulo in Philly wrote:Yum!!! But why no rosemary? :shock:


Paulo, I was keeping the basic recipe simple, but of course rosemary (or many other herbs) would add a nice touch. Next time!
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Bob Ross » Thu Dec 21, 2006 11:53 pm

Thanks, Robin. I was trying to think of a nice match for a crispy duck breast dish -- these would be a nice contrast/match I think.

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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Paul Winalski » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:15 am

These are one of my favorites, but using powdered garlic, cayenne pepper instead of black, and a longer, slower cooking time using raw potatoes. The blanching and the higher cooking temperature over a shorter period of time is an improvement I'll have to investigate, once I get my new stove. The heating element in my current oven died a few weeks ago, so it's boiled, steamed, and fried fare for me for the time being. :(

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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Jenise » Fri Dec 22, 2006 2:27 pm

Robin, I do something similar with potatoes, but I add the garlic only at the end of cooking, almost just before they come out, as I have an aversion to burnt garlic but none to raw garlic. 15 min at 500 doesn't burn your garlic?
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Bill Spohn » Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:16 pm

Taters with vitamin 'G'. Outstanding.

I shall not comment on the suggestion that powdered garlic be used.... :roll:
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:14 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:I shall not comment on the suggestion that powdered garlic be used.... :roll:


I took the same prudent courst. :oops:
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Dec 22, 2006 4:15 pm

Jenise wrote:Robin, I do something similar with potatoes, but I add the garlic only at the end of cooking, almost just before they come out, as I have an aversion to burnt garlic but none to raw garlic. 15 min at 500 doesn't burn your garlic?


I love garlic but prefer cooked to raw and don't really hate dark-brown garlic. ;) But that being said, no, it definitely didn't burn. You'd think it would, but I'm guessing maybe that the combination of blanching the potatoes and using a reasonable amount of good old olive oil prevents that unhappy outcome.
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Postby Jim Cassidy » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:20 pm

Robin, how would this work with some carrot chunks and quartered medium onions?
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Re: Possible additions

Postby Robin Garr » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:24 pm

Jim Cassidy wrote:Robin, how would this work with some carrot chunks and quartered medium onions?


Just one way to find out, Jim! :)

I might worry about the onions scorching at that temp. Carrots would probably be just fine, although there I might blanch them a little longer first. But it certainly couldn't hurt to throw some in and see how they go.
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Paul Winalski » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:44 pm

Bill Spohn wrote:Taters with vitamin 'G'. Outstanding.

I shall not comment on the suggestion that powdered garlic be used.... :roll:


Hey... I didn't suggest it, I merely said that that's what I'd been using, courtesy of a recipe from one of Paul Prudhomme's cookbooks. I think Robin's recipe using fresh garlic is an improvement over what I've been doing.

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Re: Possible additions

Postby Robin Garr » Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:36 am

Jim Cassidy wrote:Robin, how would this work with some carrot chunks and quartered medium onions?


Jim, a reader who saw your question in the forum referred me to a Wolfgang Puck recipe in the Indianapolis Star in which Wolf roasts potatoes, carrots and a bunch of other root veggies. I notice he suggests just 400F, though ... it would be interesting to try them with the 500F technique and see how it works with the carrots, parsnips, etc.

Here's a hotlink:
Roasting Veggies: More than Potatoes
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby Larry Horany » Sun Dec 24, 2006 7:00 pm

Not bad, but add chunks of onion, carrot, winter squash, and turnip, and you have a FANTISTIC winter side dish. Oh yeah, and rosemary.
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Re: RCP /FoodLetter: Crispy roast garlic potatoes

Postby MikeH » Mon Dec 25, 2006 1:50 pm

WOW!!

Cindy and I made these to accompany Christmas Eve dinner. They were great! A definite repeat.
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