I am slightly obsessed with smoked pimentón. I love its immutable aroma, its color, and the smokey element it imparts to a dish. The Spanish also know how to treat potatoes- wow! At the farmers market recently, I bought some gorgeous little spuds, some small variety with a beautiful yellow skin. It's been cooler at nights lately, and the potatoes just seemed to beg for a hot roast with garlic, oil and pimentón. This recipe is my own but was inspired by the many fabulous Spanish potato dishes I've enjoyed in my life. Yum, yum! —em-i-lis
extra-virgin olive oil
salt + more for sprinkling on at the end
large cloves of garlic, peeled and pressed
smoked pimentón + more for sprinkling
medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into thin wedges
small white-flesh potatoes
Marcona almonds, chopped, optional
chopped parsley for garnish
garlic aioli for drizzling/dipping, kind of optional :)
Preheat the oven to 400, and put a large baking sheet in to heat with the oven.
In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the oil until very hot. Add the salt, pressed garlic and pimentón, stir well and remove from heat. Let sit while you prepare the potatoes and onions.
If you've not already, peel the half onion and slice into crescents, pulling them apart as you go. Chop the potatoes into ¾" - 1" cubes, and put them and the onions into a large mixing bowl.
Pour the warm oil mixture over the potato-onion mixture and toss so that the veggies are well-coated. Carefully remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, and spread the oiled veggies on it in an even layer. Return the pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, add the chopped Marconas to the pan, if you're going to use them. Toss gently and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven, transfer the potato mixture to a serving bowl or platter and sprinkle with parsley and salt (Maldon if you've got it).
I made a simple garlic aioli of 1 large garlic clove, mashed in a mortar, mixed with a squeeze of lemon juice, a 1/2 cup of mayo and some salt. I drizzled some of this over the potatoes and put the rest on the side for dipping. Delish!