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Garlic and Lemon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Beth Ribblett

Ah potatoes how we love these deliciously versitile tubulars! Roasted, boiled, pan fried, deep fried or grilled they are a great side for meats or chicken and are so simple to prepare. Growing up, my mother used to boil them and just add in parsley, lots of butter, salt and pepper. When she mixed the butter into the soft, fork tender potatoes they would take on the creamiest melt in your mouth texture and we would eat them by the plate full!

Yesterday we picked up a cooler full of freshly cut farm raised, grass feed beef we get from our friend Candice's family farm and were dying to grill a few of the t-bone steaks. These potatoes were the perfect compliment to our Tuscan style steak and local fresh greens salad.

And to drink? We've become infatuated with pairing of Barolo and steak and we have some half bottles of the 2005 Camarone at the shop... I decanted it an hour before we ate was surprised at how well it drank for such a young wine.

2 pounds sliced fingerling potatoes sweet potatoes mixed
5 cloves garlic, crushed and finely minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh leaf thyme
1/2 teaspoon pepperoncino
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION: Heat oven to 450°. Grease a large shallow baking dish with olive oil or spray with olive oil spray. Scrub potatoes and cut large ones in half. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, thyme, pepper, pepperoncino and cayenne. Toss potatoes with the garlic and oil mixture. Arrange the coated potatoes in a single layer in the prepared pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Serves 4.

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