Garlic Roasted Potatoes

A few weeks ago, Brian and I were watching TV together. Sometimes, I indulge him by watching things like Amish Mafia and he in turn indulges my need to watch endless Sex and the City marathons or hours upon hours of Food Network. Every time Barefoot Contessa comes on, he mumbles under his breath about how much he hates her and I just ignore him because we all know she is wonderful.

While watching recently, I made this statement: Ina Garten’s story is inspirational. And that was followed up by a snort from Brian who really just can’t stand her. But it’s true, in my book. She didn’t come from nothing but she worked hard for everything she has. She didn’t sit back on her laurels and wait for it to come to her. And I appreciate that about a person. And I find it inspirational because if she could do it, well then why the hell can’t I? Right?

Anyway, I usually turn to Ina first when looking for a new recipe to try. Last week, I had some extra potatoes on hand and was tired of mashed. So we decided to try our her garlic roasted potatoes. Let me tell you something. I am a changed person after eating these. They were so delicious, so flavorful, so simple. I usually have to douse my potatoes in ketchup but these? These are meant to be eaten sans ketchup, mustard or any other topping you might consider. They are star-worthy on their own.

I knew Ina would never steer me wrong.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes
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Serves: 3

  • 3 lbs. small white potatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic; toss until the potatoes are well coated.
  3. Transfer the potatoes to a foil-lined sheet pan.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes, tossing occasionally to ensure they don’t stick. Test them and see that the ends are starting to crisp.
  5. Remove from oven. Serve hot.


14 thoughts on “Garlic Roasted Potatoes

  1. I love Ina’s recipes! I’ve made her garlic potatoes and I agree — they’re mind blowing! So much garlic goodness.

    My husband doesn’t quite understand my infatuation with the Barefoot Contessa, either. When we watch the show, he rolls his eyes and says, “Sure, if I spent $100 on lobster/rack of lamb/name your pricey ingredient, it would taste amazing too.” He might be onto something, but I really do love her recipes!

    • Aren’t her potatoes the best?!

      The boys, they always have to have a comment, right? Although they might be on to something, I will still watch her all the time! :)

  2. These potatoes sound fantastic! Perfect side dish. We usually have the same things over and over when it comes to sides – I really need to branch out a bit!

    My husband won’t even watch the Food Network with me – he runs out of the room so fast whenever I put it on haha

  3. I so love roast potatoes! And adding garlic? Takes them over the top! I agree, no ketchup needed with these – it’d be blasphemy! Good stuff – thanks.

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