Okay so let’s start out by saying I really hope Aerosmith does not come sue me over this. Steven and buds, if this steps on your trademark toes just holler at me and I’ll change the name. Unless you try them and like them, then let’s talk.
Alrighty roo, here’s the explanation you’ve all been dying to hear when it comes to the name of these. Every time I say I’m making Aerosmith Potatoes people think I’m inviting Steven and the gang over. Which, let’s be honest, would be sort of cool.
Here’s how they got their name. This was going back maybe 15 years or something like that, so my memory might be off and these are really AC/DC potatoes or something. I was reading an article while waiting in the doctor’s office, not even sure what the magazine was that I read. The article was an interview with Steven Tyler’s chef who cooked for them while they toured. The chef mentioned that Steven’s diet was tricky but he had a bit of a sweet tooth. So she came up with a recipe using brown sugar in the potatoes to sweeten them. The brown sugar caramelizes and creates this amazing sweet layer on the outside. I was mesmerized by the article and thought to myself, hm, this chef is on to something. So I went home and played around with the recipe, and Aerosmith Potatoes were born. I’ve been making them for as long as I can remember. I tweak them here and there, and quite honestly probably never make them the same way twice. They are requested by anyone who comes over for dinner.
The first thing I love about them is the taste. If you read the blog regularly you know I have a sweet tooth. These work for me. I also love that you can play with the amount of brown sugar depending on who is eating them. Another really cool thing about them is you can play with add ins. My absolute favourite way to do them is with shallots. Those are Dubbed Kim’s Aerosmith Potatoes. They are the most requested type. Most people love the extra caramelized taste of the shallots. Shallots are like onions and will caramelize beautifully in the pan with the Aerosmith Potatoes. I also do them with garlic, which are dubbed Vampire Aerosmith Potatoes. Those are my second favourite type. I also love them just plain with salt. Something about that sweet caramelized taste with a dash of salt playing against the sweet is spectacular. It’s a taste explosion, like fireworks at an Aerosmith concert people.
You can also customize this by swapping out potatoes, I prefer russet most days. But red potatoes also work beautifully in this recipe. You can also cut them really small like home fries and reduce cook time, or use slightly larger cubes like these ones and do a medium cook time. Or you can do big, huge chunks of potatoes and cook them for longer like in my original post for Aerosmith Potatoes. You just adjust your cooking time depending on the potato and size you use.
Another cool thing is you can cook them however you like. If you like to grill these cook perfectly on the grill. Great when you slide them in a pan with real butter and shallots, honestly you will have a life altering moment when you make them that way. You can also pre boil to save cook time. And another tidbit is you can adjust the time you put the brown sugar in depending on the level of caramelized taste you want. I like mine almost like candy so I pop the brown sugar on right away. My dad liked them just mildly caramelized so his I would add the brown sugar half way through the cook time.
So as you can tell these are highly adaptable and wickedly addictive. Try them immediately and I promise they will change your life.
- 1 cup salt
- Zest from 3 to 4 meyer lemons (regular lemons can be used)
- ¼ cup roasted garlic flakes (more if you really like garlic, like we do)
- 5 Russet Potatoes, cut into cubes
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- Meyer Lemon & Garlic Salt to taste
- Zest Meyer Lemons (regular lemons work too)
- Place the zest on parchment lined cookie sheet and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes on low temperature, about 150 to 200 degrees F.
- Remove and allow to cool.
- Add the cooled zest to the salt. Mix well.
- Add roasted garlic flakes to the mixture and mix again. You can pop it all in a food processor and pulse it for a few seconds to really mix it well.
- Store in a sealed glass jar, and use when desired.
- Preheat your oven to 400 to 425 degrees F.
- In a large bowl combine all of your ingredients and mix really well.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes, then stir again.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Pour the potatoes over the parchment and spread evenly.
- Place in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes, then turn the potatoes over. Place back in oven and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes depending on size you cut them. If you cut them very big it could take an extra 5 to 10 minutes to cook. I like to start checking at the 35 minute mark, and sometimes flip more than once to coat all sides well and cook all sides well.
- Remove from oven.
- Drain excess oil on a paper towel.
- Serve with a big old I Love Aerosmith Potatoes smile! Rock on!
Gorgeous potatoes right. How many times in your like can you look at potatoes and think “gorgeous”, am I right. Now you can every single time you make these. Which once you taste these bad boys is going to be all the time. You will be making up excuses to make potatoes for any occasion.
I wanted to do something fun and special for you all since I’ve been promising this post for quite some time and kept getting waylaid. So I thought I’d host a little giveaway.
How would you like to win this:
Here’s the deets:
GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED, WINNER HAS BEEN DRAWN!
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Draw will be made on Thursday April 18th at midnight. Winner has 48 hours to respond.
Winner is Becca of It’s Yummilicious. Congratulations Becca!
Stop back tomorrow to get the recipe for Meyer Lemon Sugar.
Now go get your Aerosmith Potatoes cooking. Rock on!
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Toodles and smoochies! xx
P.S. If Aerosmith is reading this, please do not sue me. They’re just potatoes man! No harm intended.