When the clock is ticking and you need to make a side in a flash, a simple batch of garlicky roasted potatoes will do the trick every time. They come together with three ingredients (you get olive oil, salt, and pepper as freebies), but they're big on flavor. Thick chunks of rustic red potatoes are tossed with a generous dusting of garlic powder and then finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice right before they hit the table.
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3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes
Serves 8 to 10
large red potatoes, cut into 1 1/2- to 2-inch chunks
freshly ground black pepper
medium lemon, seeds removed
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 425°F. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven while it heats.
Place the potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and toss to combine. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven. Transfer the potatoes to the baking sheet and arrange them cut-side down.
Roast for 15 minutes. Flip the potatoes over with a flat metal spatula and roast until browned and tender, about 10 minutes more.
Just before serving, squeeze the lemon over the potatoes and toss to combine.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.