The old way to roast potatoes was in a pan with fatty meat. The fresher, tastier way is to roast them separately with olive oil and fragrant spices. Here, roasted garlic cloves are a flavour bonus.
Italian roasted potatoes Omit the ginger, fennel, cumin and turmeric, and instead use 1½ tsp each dried oregano and basil and 1 tsp dried thyme. Add½ tsp freshly ground black pepper with the garlic in step 1. * Use pink fir apple potatoes, which have a pale pink skin. Otherwise, use new potatoes with a white skin instead of red-skinned potatoes.
It is no coincidence that garlic and ginger are integral to the diet of the world's healthiest cultures. Both contain phytochemicals that fight disease and aid the body. Note that among vegetables, herbs and spices, bold colours and strong flavours are often an indication of healthy chemistry. * Don't let all the current talk of low-carb diets scare you away from potatoes. Particularly when eaten with their skins, potatoes are filled with vitamin C, potassium and many phytochemicals.