Cacio e Pepe Potatoes From Crystelle Pereira Recipe on Food52 (2024)

Parmesan

by: Food52

October4,2022

4.3

6 Ratings

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Test Kitchen-Approved

What You'll Need

Ingredients
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli
  • 1 large garlic head
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoonsmayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
  • Cacio e Pepe Potatoes
  • 4 medium white potatoes, such as Maris Piper or Russet
  • 2 1/2 teaspoonswhole black peppercorns
  • 1 cupfreshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoonsea salt
  • 1 pinchflaky salt
Directions
  1. Heat the oven to 350°F with the convection setting on if you have one; if you don’t have a convection setting, heat the oven to 375°F. Trim the top from the garlic head so the cloves are exposed. Place on an aluminum foiled-lined baking sheet, cut-side up, and drizzle with olive oil. Tightly wrap the potatoes with foil and roast for 45 minutes, until the garlic is caramelized. Squeeze the cloves into a bowl and mash with a fork to form a paste. Add the mayo and black pepper and mix until smooth. Stick the mixture in the fridge.
  2. Wash and scrub the potatoes. Thinly slice into circles (about ¼-inch-thick). Add these to a large pot of cold, salted water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cook for 2 1/2 to 5 minutes, until just fork-tender but still holding shape.
  3. While the potatoes are boiling, add peppercorns to a small skillet over medium heat. Toast for about 5 minutes, shaking occasionally, until fragrant. Transfer the peppercorns to a mortar and finely crush into little pieces (but not a powder).
  4. Lightly drizzle a nonstick rimmed sheet pan with olive oil. Evenly sprinkle over 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan, covering the pan as much as possible.
  5. Drain the potatoes, blot them dry, and add to a large bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and most of the pepper (reserving ¼ tsp for garnish). Using a silicone spatula, gently mix to combine.
  6. Carefully place the potatoes on top of the Parmesan, making sure not to overlap. Evenly cover the potatoes with about 1/3 cup of Parmesan.
  7. Increase the oven to 375°F with the convection setting on if you have one; if you don’t have a convection setting, increase the oven to 400°F. Bake the potatoes for about 40 minutes, rotating the tray halfway, until the cheese is golden and the potatoes are crispy.
  8. Remove from the oven, then immediately transfer the cheesy potatoes to a serving tray. Top with the remaining Parmesan, reserved pepper, and flaky salt. Serve with roasted garlic aioli for dipping.

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10 Reviews

JoebChef March 4, 2023

Too bad you don’t know Jack S. about cooking. Garlic powder? Aluminum foil? Are you effin’ serious?

ellenahc February 13, 2023

Wow, what a combo! My fave pasta sauce on potatoes - simply sublime 🤌

Amy August 9, 2022

the instructions are confusing! Why wouldn't you wash the potatoes before wrapping them tightly in tin foil. The instructions say to do this after roasting them the first time. Is there an error here???!

missymaam August 9, 2022

This needed prof reading. The potatoes?

Lisa W. August 9, 2022

Question: You've got the potatoes roasting for 45 minutes in the first step (after being tightly wrapped in foil) and then again for 40 minutes in the seventh step (after being peeled, sliced and boiled) . . . this doesn't seem right. As that seems like a LOT of roasting.

Is that correct??

Amber August 9, 2022

It’s just the garlic that’s roasted in the first step for 45 minutes.

Amber August 9, 2022

Meaning, I think it’s a typo. Potatoes cooked that long would be burned to a crisp.

Lisa W. August 9, 2022

Ah, okay . . . as it says "Trim the top from the garlic head so the cloves are exposed. Place on an aluminum foiled-lined baking sheet, cut-side up, and drizzle with olive oil. Tightly wrap the potatoes with foil and roast for 45 minutes, until the garlic is caramelized."

So I guess it should say "Tightly wrap the CLOVES with foil . . ."?

Thanks - just wanted to confirm!

Lisa W. August 9, 2022

My thoughts exactly. ;^D

JoebChef March 4, 2023

A bullsh*t recipe.

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