Roasted Potato, Garlic and Pepper Salad
Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
A refreshing alternative to traditional potato salad!
8 red potatoes – unpeeled, scrubbed and cubed
2 red bell peppers or one jar of roasted red bell peppers
2 medium heads garlic
2 tbsp olive oil (more or less to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp cup olive oil (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large bowl. Toss the cubed potatoes in the oil until coated, and then spread them evenly on a baking sheet. If using fresh red peppers, pass coat them with oil from the bowl. Place on a separate baking sheet. Cut about 1/2 inch off the tops of the garlic and drizzle with the remaining oil from the bowl. Place on the baking sheet with the red peppers. Sprinkle the potatoes, peppers and garlic with salt and pepper, and then place both sheets in the oven for about 20 minutes. Check the potatoes: they should be soft, brown and crispy. If not, return them to the oven for an additional 10 minutes or until they are done. The peppers and garlic will take longer, and are done when the skins on the peppers are black and garlic is brown and soft (no more than 40 minutes total).
Once everything has been roasted, place the potatoes in a large bowl and seal the peppers in a plastic bag to let them steam for 10 minutes. (This will loosen their skins.) Take the peppers out of the bag, remove their skins and seeds and chop them up. Add to the bowl with the potatoes and stir to mix.
To remove the garlic, use a fork to pull the cloves out of the head of garlic. Alternatively, turn the garlic heads upside down and squeeze the softened garlic past into a separate, small bowl. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and oregano until smooth. Pour the dressing onto the potatoes and peppers and toss to coat. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Best when served warm or at room temperature. To prepare in advance for an occasion, refrigerate and then reheat in the microwave just until warmed through.