Place a jelly-roll pan in oven. Preheat oven to 400°.
Combine potatoes and 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl; toss well. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on preheated pan. Sprinkle potatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes; toss potatoes. Bake an additional 25 minutes or until tender, stirring every 10 minutes.
Combine remaining 3 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, arugula leaves, Parmesan cheese, pistachios, 2 teaspoons water, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine arugula mixture and hot potatoes in a medium bowl; toss well.
Huge hit with my boyfriend. I made the potatoes on the stove to ensure the potatoes got crispy. I only used 1/2 the pesto for 2 lbs of potatoes. The only problem is the crisp got lost when the pesto was added. I would use this with fish or chicken as well.
These potatoes were amazing! The pre-heat on the pan is the deciding factor to get these potatoes nice and crispy. I thought the total time was perfect on the potatoes, but I cut my finglerling potatoes into eighths so they were more like potato wedge fries. The pesto is fantastic - I used a bit more lemon & water in my mix with a whole elephant garlic clove and thought it was very tasty. You can't tell specifically that it is arugula or pistachio in the mix, but you do get a bit of a peppery bite and a nuttiness from these ingredients that are perfect on the roasted potatoes; I would be hesitant to substitute anything in this dish as I thought it was amazing. Served with seasoned & grilled chicken and steamed fresh green beans. Great side dish and minimal fuss for something that looks and tastes really upscale - 100% a keeper for us - enjoy!!
Very good. Made to recipe using yellow & purple potatoes cut in eighths. Served with grilled steak & sweet corn. Somehow we ended up with way too much pesto, so we'll need to use it later in the week, maybe with griled fish.
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