I’m a total geek when it comes to slick kitchen tips and tricks. This weekend, I learned two great tricks in the same conversation, and I put them both together to make these super-easy, roasted garlic potatoes.
This is so simple, I can hardly believe it: Use an apple corer to make potato wedges. In one fell swoop you get a handful of wedges (along with a somewhat amusing cylinder of potato core, which tastes just as good).
I usually peel and slice (or chop) my garlic by hand. It takes awhile, and my fingers get all sticky and stinky, but I feel very “pro” for doing so. Truth be told, though, I’m getting kind of sick of all the chopping and fine slicing, and I’ve started using the garlic press more often. (After a lot of online research and review-reading, I bought the Zyliss Jumbo Garlic Press — it’s great.)
Turns out, you don’t have to peel garlic before pressing it! I had no idea. You do need to peel off the dry outer skin of the garlic head, but you don’t need to fully peel the clove. The skin will stay behind in the press, and you can then toss it in your vegetable scrap bag.
Simple Roasted Garlic Potatoes
- 2 potatoes washed but not peeled
- 3 cloves garlic unpeeled
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- approx. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- approx. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Preheat over to 350°F. Using an apple corer, slice the potatoes into wedges. Place them in a small casserole dish.
Using a garlic press, crush the (unpeeled!) cloves of garlic. Add the garlic to the potatoes.
Drizzle olive oil over everything, then lightly season with salt and pepper. Mix everything together to evenly coat the potatoes.
Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 60 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes to ensure even cooking. Finish by broiling for a few minutes to get them nice and crispy.
Thanks to Dennis and Matty for the tips!
The potato/apple slicer is a fantastic idea! Sammy has been bugging me to get one for years (I have just a corer, since the apples I buy are often too big for the slicer!) I will definitely be checking out the yard sales!
Here’s a fantastic trick for getting that garlic (or onion) smell off your hands – wash your hands and then rub them with stainless steel. If your sink is stainless, that’s the easiest, but I have also seen small disks of stainless steel (that look like a half-used Dove soap bar) that you use like a bar of soap. I didn’t believe it at first, but it really works!!
Yard sales are by far the best places to get one of those — because you’ll find a vintage one, which will last forever. The new ones I’ve seen are made with plastic parts, so there’s no way they’ll hold up as long. (The one in the picture? That was Grandma’s.)
The stainless steel trick is indeed a great one! If you’re uber-careful, you can also use the side of a large chef’s knife. (Obviously, don’t try this with kids, or if you’re clumsy like me).
I know I’m a little behind, but man, loving your blog! So many tips and tricks – and this post is no different. I had absolutely no idea that you didn’t have to peel garlic before using the press. (And the sad part is, I use my press quite often!) Good stuff to know… SO great meeting you this weekend, Andrew!
Hi Emily, thanks! The garlic press trick is kinda mind-blowing, right? Wonderful to meet you, too. 🙂
love the “new” use for a classic kitchen tool!
I love kitchen hacks! These are great! I’ve just been using a nut chopper for garlic though, and buying fresh, pre-peeled garlic by the jarful–only about $2 at my local grocery store. It’s saved me a LOT of time since I don’t even have a garlic press!
Nut chopper for garlic? Sounds good, if you’ve got a lot of garlic to chop… Otherwise, not sure it’d be worth the extra cleaning time?
I always feel guilty when I buy pre-peeled garlic. If I get it at the regular grocery store, it’s ridiculously expensive (Where do you find it for only $2 a jar!?). And if I get it at Costco, it’s so much garlic that half of it rots before I use it!
I am bummed I just gave away my apple corer. I thought I would never use it! 🙂
I’m guessing you can stop by just about any garage sale and pick one up for 25 cents! 😉
Nice job on the potato! Additional potato preparation tips and recipes at http://www.idahopotato.com
Thanks, Idaho Potato Commission!
Add me to the list of befuddled people who can’t believe I didn’t think of that potato trick before! Brilliant! Thank you for sharing. We had russet potatos in our CSA box today, so I now must make potato wedges tomorrow!
Uh, A, I have sell you Pampered Chef tools any time! 13+ years 🙂
That potato trick is awesome. I can’t believe I haven’t thought of that.
Right? I felt the exact same way… Love it!