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Roasted Allspice Potatoes

May 12, 2010

Allspice Potatoes

Recipe: Roasted Allspice Potatoes
Total Cooking Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

I thought I’d sneak this recipe in, before roasted potato recipes were officially out-of-season and replaced by potato salad. Although you’re not likely to see any potato salad recipes on my site, not because I don’t like potato salad but because my husband happens to have a natural talent for making what I think is the perfect potato salad. Only a crazy woman would try to take over a dish that her husband has mastered and cooks whenever she asks for it.

You’re not likely to see his recipe here either, as he’s the type of cook who has secret ingredients he doesn’t reveal. I don’t blame him; it’s kind of fun to serve a dish that people love and yet they can’t quite put their finger on what makes it tastes so good. My recipe for Roasted Allspice Potatoes is just that kind of dish. I’m willing to bet money that no one you serve it to will be able to pinpoint exactly where the exotic whisper of extra flavor comes from. The recipe is straightforward: sliced potatoes are baked in the oven with olive oil and parsley. What adds intrigue is a secret dash of allspice and cumin.

red potatoes

Every time I cook with allspice I forget that it isn’t a blend of spices, but a spice in itself that tastes like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It’s also known as Jamaican Pepper, since Jamaica supplies most of the allspice that is sold in stores.  Adding warming, aromatic  allspice to your roasted potatoes will make you forget all about that little bit of chilliness that’s still in the air and preventing spring from feeling less like winter and more like summer.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Trish permalink
    May 15, 2010 4:23 am

    We do a lot of roasted vegetables on the grill – so will have to try that. I have never thought about using allspice

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