Potatoes make their appearance more often around this time of year at our house. I’m sure the reasons why are no surprise – it’s finally cool enough that baking them in the oven won’t cause an unwelcome heating of the house, they’re inexpensive, and when the temperatures drop, we all reach for comfort foods, and potatoes are one such food. Truthfully, I don’t eat them all that often, but it’s nice to have more options than the usual potato choices – baked, mashed, or roasted. (Yes, there is always the fourth option – fried – but that’s just an awful lot of mess and work for a less-healthy version of this vegetable.) This easy-to-make side dish is a simple variation on my usual roasted potatoes, and offers a delicious punch of flavor and color.
It’s really more of an un-recipe, because truly, measurements are approximate, and you can substitute out a variety of different veggies. Want to add a mix of root vegetables? Try throwing in some carrots or parsnips. Don’t have rosemary? Throw in some thyme, or omit the herbs entirely and instead add some chili powder and cumin. Or make it spicier by swapping out some of the bell peppers for spicier poblanos or Anaheim chiles. It’s all good, and it will keep your side dish from becoming an afterthought!
Roasted Potatoes and Peppers with Rosemary
3 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
2-3 bell peppers (green, red, or a mixture of each), seeded and sliced
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 sprig rosemary, needles picked and chopped
1-2 T grapeseed oil
1/2 t Hungarian sweet paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place potatoes, peppers, onion, and rosemary in a baking dish large enough for vegetables to spread out into a single layer. (Don’t crowd, or the vegetables won’t have a chance to crisp and brown.) Add oil and spices and toss evenly to coat.
Roast in the oven for 30 minutes or until potatoes are pierced easily with a fork. Stir once or twice during roasting.