One of my mother’s special treats that I loved as a child was potatoes with skins roasting in glowing embers in the fireplace. She would bury them nude and raw among the embers making sure they were well covered. They had such particular scent and flavor. Today, baked potatoes with skins remain one of my favorite but instead of a fireplace, I bake them in the oven.
4 potatoes red or white1 charred red bell pepper(see charred peppers)
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped
Salt and pepper
Wash and dry potatoes. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, leaving skins on. Bake 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees or until crispy.
Immediately, cut hot potatoes into uneven chunks with the help of a fork and knife. Add charred peppers, olive oil, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
It makes a wonderful side dish.