2009-06-07

Roasted Sicilian Potatoes

Easy gluten free roasted potato recipe Sicilian style
Roasted potato love- Italian style.

Here's an easy, vegan summer side dish recipe you can bake or grill in foil packets. It's an intuitive toss-together combo of potatoes, onion, garlic, tomatoes, olives and raisins--- with some hot pepper flakes thrown in to kick it up Sicilian style. I don't even know where the inspiration came from.

It all started with cleaning out the pantry.

We're leaving on our long pined-for road trip next Sunday (can you say, Stoked, Babycakes?). I've been trying to use up the remaining lonely bits of our fresh ingredients and whittle down our stash of friendly staples. I'm determined to scour the cupboards bare. One way or another. I'm leaving no can of fire roasted tomatoes behind. Or bags of organic popcorn. Whatever is left standing next Saturday night? It's all coming with me. Because deep in the cockles of my private tiny girl heart, I am not coming back. Nope. Not even to say good-bye.

So if you spy a black Honda Fit humming its little heart out, streaking across the Southwestern desert on its journey to Los Angeles stuffed with homebaked vegan goodies (translation: Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins, Gluten-Free Ryeless Rye Bread, Chocolate Pecan Brownies, Lime Quinoa Salad with Mint, Two Potato Salad) and gluten-free comestibles (translation: several pounds of rice pasta, three boxes of quinoa, two sacks each of millet flour, sorghum flour, and tapioca starch, five jars of sugar-free organic preserves, one unopened bottle of Annie's ketchup, a shoebox packed with a baker's dozen bottles of dried herbs, sea salt, cumin and sesame seeds), well.

That would be, me.




Roasted potatoes recipe
Italian roasted potatoes with olives.

Roasted Sicilian Potatoes Recipe


I used baby Yukon golds in this recipe but I imagine all kinds of potatoes would work- red, white, blue, sweet. Sweet potatoes may cook a little faster, however, so if you choose sweet potatoes, check for doneness earlier.

Ingredients:

2 lbs. baby Yukon gold potatoes, washed, quartered or cut up
1 smallish onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/3 cup raisins- dark or golden
Handful of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
Handful of baby spinach leaves, washed, patted dry
Handful of black olives
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup light broth- as needed
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with spicy green chiles
1 teaspoon thyme
A sprig of fresh rosemary, chopped
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Hot red pepper flakes, to taste

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Lightly oil the bottom of a single large gratin dish or four individual baking dishes.

Dump the potatoes into a bowl. Add in the onion, garlic, bell pepper, raisins, fresh tomatoes, spinach leaves and black olives. Mix. Add in the olive oil, half a cup of broth, and diced tomatoes with juice. Stir to mix. Add the thyme and rosemary; season with sea salt and pepper. Add a shake of hot red pepper flakes, to taste. Stir to coat all the potatoes. If you need a splash more broth to make everything happy and moist, add it in.

Spoon the potato mixture into the oiled baking dish or dishes. Roast in the center of a preheated oven until the potatoes are slightly browned and fork tender- roughly 35 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of the potato pieces.

Serves 4 to 5 as side dish.

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Karina's Notes:


I would love to try this recipe on a grill- in a foil packet- grilling these on medium high heat for 35 to 45 minutes, or longer, perhaps. I might add a little more broth to keep them moist. If anyone tries this recipe on a grill, let me know the timing of it. (Closed, covered grills will cook faster.)


13 comments:

  1. I'm closing my eyes and imagining your smile as you drive away!

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  2. Love the raisins in this. And I love that you are finally, finally heading west. May the wind be at your back.

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  3. May your journey be filled with joy and lovely new experiences.

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  4. best of luck on your fabulous roadtrip. what a great dish too!

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  5. have a safe road trip; enjoy all that life has to offer. thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe; looking good!

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  6. Bon voyage, Karina, without looking back at the bare cupboards open to the desert air. . .

    and these potatoes look wonderful. I will have to try this one, too.

    xoxo

    moonwatcher

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  7. Traveling mercies, Ms Kari ...

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  8. Karina,

    You are a free spirit. You make me want to throw caution to the wind and do the same as you! But for now, I will live vicariously through you. Have a wonderful trip - safe and happy, and may your next destination be filled with all good things.

    ~Ellen

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  9. I'm imagining you in your travels to CA. How fun & empty out the kitchens into the car. :) I hope we can connect at the Santa Monica farmers market. @miacucina

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  10. Awww....good luck and happy moving! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  11. Looks absolutely, lovely, and great photo!!

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  12. Karina have a safe, happy trip and I hope you will enjoy your new home and surroundings.

    The potato recipe is inspired. It could also be scattered with finely chopped mint - still Mediterrean/Middle Eastern flavour.

    Try my quickie appetizer, dessert. Great for taking to potlucks. Stuff pitted dates with low fat cream cheese, marscapone or ricotta cheese that has been spiked with a squeeze of fresh orange juice and finely grated orange peel. Push a toasted almond atop each date. It's G.F. and will be mightily enjoyed by everyone.

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  13. I love grilling potatoes on the bbq - foil packets filled with little new potatoes with olive oil and fresh rosemary - what could be better! Yum......good luck with your move. Dip your toe into the Pacific for all of us East coasters.

    ~Ellen

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