BAKED GARLIC PARMESAN POTATO WEDGES

Baked garlic parmesan potato wedges are a delightful side dish that combines the earthy flavor of potatoes with the rich taste of parmesan and the aromatic punch of garlic. Here’s a step-by-step recipe to make these savory wedges in your oven.

Ingredients:

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  • 4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed clean
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (optional for a smoky flavor)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare Baking Sheet:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C).
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it to prevent sticking.

2. Cut the Potatoes:

  • Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into 3-4 long wedges, depending on the size of the potato.
  • Try to keep the wedges roughly the same size for even cooking.

3. Season the Potatoes:

  • In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, basil, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • Add the potato wedges to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the oil and seasoning mix.

4. Add Parmesan:

  • Sprinkle the grated Parmesan over the coated potatoes and toss again, ensuring the cheese adheres to the potatoes.
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5. Arrange on Baking Sheet:

  • Place the wedges skin side down on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them evenly.
  • Make sure they aren’t crowded to ensure each wedge becomes crispy.

6. Bake the Potato Wedges:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-35 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp on the edges.
  • Halfway through the baking time, flip each wedge to ensure even browning.

7. Garnish and Serve:

  • Once baked, remove the potato wedges from the oven.
  • Sprinkle freshly chopped parsley over the top for added color and freshness.
  • Serve hot, optionally with dipping sauces like ketchup, ranch, or a creamy garlic dip.

Tips for Perfect Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges:

  • Potato Selection: Russet potatoes are ideal for this recipe because of their starchy texture, which helps in getting a crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
  • Garlic Tip: If you’re a garlic lover, consider using more garlic than suggested, or add garlic powder for an extra kick.
  • Cheese Notes: Freshly grated Parmesan works best as it melts and adheres better than pre-grated cheeses, which often contain anti-caking agents.
  • Crispiness Tip: For extra crispy wedges, you can pre-soak the cut potatoes in water for 30 minutes to remove excess starch. Dry them thoroughly before seasoning.

These garlic Parmesan potato wedges are versatile and can be adjusted to include different herbs and spices according to your taste preferences. They make a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of main dishes, adding a comforting and gourmet touch to any meal.