|Spicy Paprika Potatoes|
Happy new week! And happy Monday!
It's is lovely and hot in California (though nothing like the steam bath that has recently swept through a large swath of the country). This will be a full day. After this post, I'm off to the West Hollywood Farmers Market to pick up some grub for this week. After reading Feast for Crows last night (Game of Thrones series book 4), I'm thinking I want to eat clams and mussels.
Yes, to answer your burning question, I am a certified nerd.
So back to my spice buying binge. I have a paprika obsession. Not that bland stuff from the grocery store that tastes like nothing. But Hot Smoked Paprika, which is what I bought at All Spice.
Taking a page from the Spanish handbook (Patatas Bravas is one of my favorite dishes in the world), I decided to roast potatoes with the spice, and then serve them tossed with lemon juice. This is a healthier take on the Spanish recipe, in which the potatoes are fried and served with an aioli of sorts. And yes, it does not lack in flavor in any way whatsoever.
I loved this recipe -- and the spice -- so much, that I made it again in Los Angeles. It's going into my permanent rotation at home. And it should go into yours, too.
Spicy Paprika Potatoes
Serves 4-6 people
Cooking time: about 50 minutes
- 6 cups red potatoes, chopped
- 1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika (you can add more to make them spicier)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of one lemon, plus wedges for garnishing
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Place the potatoes in a roasting pan and toss with the olive oil and smoked paprika. Salt generously.
- Roast them in the oven for about 40-50 minutes, turning them one or twice, until their crispy, but still soft on the inside.
- Remove from the oven and toss with the lemon juice. Garnish with the lemon wedges. Enjoy!
Source for Ingredients
- hot smoked paprika from All Spice
- red potatoes and lemons from West Hollywood Farmers Market
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In short, a masterpiece! I cannot wait to drink more of their huge, brilliant wines! For any wine lover, Saxum is a must taste situation.