Intro to Cooking: Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple of most diets. True, you really shouldn’t eat them everyday (despite really¬†wanting to), but for a quick week night dinner, they are a great staple to know how to cook.
White potatoes – such as russets and fingerling potatoes – are the most traditional, but I really love to use yellow or red potatoes, which are smaller and therefore, cheaper to buy only 2-3 of them for a single meal. I won’t pretend potatoes are packed with nutrients; as far as nutrition goes, potatoes are well known for being high in carbohydrates, but very low (on their own) in saturated fat,¬†cholesterol and sodium. They are great sources of vitamin C, potassium and manganese.
This recipe is very easy and very yummy. I like to use Yukon gold potatoes, but feel free to use russets, fingerlings, or whatever potato (or root – sweet potatoes and carrots would be yummy too!) you want.
Garlic Roasted Potatoes
You will need…

  • 2-3 Yukon gold potatoes (for about 2 servings)
  • about 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • aluminum foil
  • about 1 clove of garlic or¬†about 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
  • about 1 teaspoon of dry rosemary
  • about 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
How to make it…
Preheat over to 395 degrees. Wash and dry potatoes well. On a clean cutting board, dice potatoes into about 1 inch pieces or smaller (they should all be roughly the same size however). In a large bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and salt. (If you’re not using pre-crushed garlic, you’ll need to chop up your clove of garlic into fine pieces; add a pinch of salt and crush with a spoon to make a paste.) Add potatoes to the bowl and toss to cover completely in oil.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Spread the potatoes onto the baking sheet evenly. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until brown. They’ll be done when you can easily skewer one with a fork.
Serve with salmon, chicken, or steak!
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