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Roasted Potatoes and my trip to Aleppo

I don’t know where to begin. This is the problem with neglecting a blog for more than a week. It really is. If you have a blog, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Carelessness quickly turns into neglect and finally begins to fringe on complete abandonment. I would never let it get to that.

The last time I signed off, my camera was broken and I was eating gelato — lots of gelato — to diffuse the pain. It worked. Actually, my mom says that if there’s anyone who could get through to insurance companies, it’s me. I wasn’t about to abandon my camera. I called almost daily. In the end, after plenty of hoop-jumping and legal rigmarole, the hotel’s insurance settled and reimbursed me for the damages. It was a relief, sure, but there’s more.

Originally, my plan was to keep this next thing a secret. It was going to be a surprise, but I’m too excited not to blog about it. A couple weeks ago, I finally bought my plane ticket to go to Aleppo. My grandmother is there now, visiting her sister, and I will get to join them in just a few days. I promise to return with plenty of pictures, recipes and maybe even a few videos.

On that note, I will keep this post short. I’ve been strategically trying to use all my produce and perishables for the past couple of weeks. A lot of times the dishes that result from this don’t make it to be photographed, but my roasted potatoes are different. I realize I’ve never written about them before, but my roasted potatoes have gotten me through some difficult times.

mise en place

Preparation is simple. It makes a big difference to scout out good potatoes for this dish: small, firm and tight skin. I prefer reds simply because they have a higher sugar content, so they tend to caramelize better than other potatoes in the oven.

a quick rinse

Since potatoes grow underground, you’ll want to give them a quick rinse before you roast them. Make sure to pat them dry so that the outsides crisp up.

room to breathe

It’s also important not to crowd the potatoes in a pan, otherwise they will still steam, regardless of how well you’ve patted them dry.

my secret weapon

Although I usually use Spanish paprika, or pimentón, it’s a lot easier to find the Hungarian variety at my local grocery store. My inspiration for using paprika in my roasted potatoes came from patatas bravas — a classic tapas made from fried tomatoes covered in a spicy pimentón-base sauce. If you can’t find Spanish paprika near where you live, Amazon is where I usually buy from.

oven roasted red potatoes

Once they come out of the oven, they can be eaten hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Oven Roasted Potatoes

yields 4-6 side dishes

Components

  • 2 lbs baby red potatoes
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp dried rosemary (double if fresh)
  • 2 tsp spicy paprika
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Putting them all together

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Wash potatoes and them pat dry.
  3. Cut potatoes into equal sized pieces (I usually quarter them, if they’re small enough).
  4. Mix together all the ingredients on a large baking sheet. Make sure the potatoes are not crowded so that they crisp evenly.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until potatoes are slightly cooked.
  6. Uncover and continue baking for 30-40 more minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and cooked all the way through.

notes:Sometimes the potatoes tend to stick to the tray because of their natural sugar content. I recommend lightly tossing them with a spatula a couple times while cooking.

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Posted in appetizers, French, recipe, savory, Spanish by Antonio Tahhan on November 9th, 2009. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


19 Responses to “Roasted Potatoes and my trip to Aleppo”

Jamie Says:

Wow this is a great potato recipe. We love roasting them in the oven but I love these flavors!

tasteofbeirut Says:

Looks great! I can’t wait for your fresh recipes from Aleppo!

Summer Says:

Great recipe!
Have a safe and a wonderful trip…looking forward to your posts, photos and many recipes from Aleppo.

Hélène Says:

I’m so jealous of your trip. I would go to Aleppo for the food. This will be incredible. Can’t wait to see the pics of your trip.

Antonio Tahhan Says:

Thanks for the warm wishes everyone!!

Maria Says:

I love red potatoes roasted with their skin. Great simple recipe which is what potatoes need in my book!

Have a great trip…look forward to seeing the photos as well.

Kim & Ellen Says:

Tony we made the oven roasted potatoes last night and served them to a bunch of friends – everyone loved them. Thanks for the recipe and stay safe my friend.

Mariko Says:

I never thought of using paprika. Is Spanish paprika smoky? Recently in Cook’s Illustrated they also mentioned “roughing up” the cut edges so that they would get more crisp. Maybe I can combine the two…

Peter Says:

A gorgeous spuds dish. I love rosemary with potatoes and paprika gives them that somethin’-somethin’.

Touria Says:

hmmmmm I like potatoes
lovely photos

Mona Saboni Says:

Woow tony that will be great , Halab btnawer :)

You must buy some Aleppian red pepper , it`s very important in our cousin .

Wish u enjoy your trip & if you want any help , Im here .

The potatoes look yumy .

The Italian Dish Says:

Have an absolutely wonderful trip. I do hope you’ll blog about it when you get back!

Alta (Tasty Eats At Home) Says:

Sounds lovely. I am a big fan of roasted potatoes with rosemary – yum! And the paprika certainly doesn’t hurt. Have fun on your trip.

SimplyHeavenFood Says:

I am so jealous of this trip, but so happy for you at the same time Tony!
These potatoes look divine, can’t wait to see your photos and recipes from Aleppo!!!
xoxo

Kate/Kajal - Aapplemint Says:

ah no wonder you needed a camera bag :) Well the good thing about when you loose something is that you get something better … *thank God insurance ofcourse :) )
Dont think you get Red potatoes in India nor here in Ghana :( (

HoneyB Says:

These potatoes I would not be able to resist!

Karen Says:

Antonio! The pictures for this post are particularly stunning. I hope you are having a wonderful trip, and will expect a full report when you get back.

Mrs Ergül Says:

A little animal fat will bring these to a whole new level!! Though these already look fantastic without.

Touria Says:

marhaba tony
Thanks for sharing this recipe, I made your roasted potatoes hmmm so delicious
here is my link:
http://cuisnetouria.e-monsite.com/blog,roasted-potatoes-de-tony,216979.html


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