When it comes to winter and foraging, pine comes calling. Just the scent alone can bring me to a place of calm, and cooking with it adds a heavenly aroma to my kitchen. Especially when I’m cooking oven roasted potatoes on a bed of pine needles.
I have to give credit to Garden and Gun for the inspiration for this recipe. I’ve prepared it several times for classes I teach, and for my family, and everyone always loves it.
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A layer of pine needles and small twigs are placed in the bottom of a cast iron Dutch oven, and then placed on high heat until the needles begin to smoke. This step releases the oils in the needles for a wonderful aroma.
The potatoes are then placed on top of the pine, and another layer of pine needles are placed on top of the potatoes.
The Dutch oven is covered and placed in the oven at high temperature. A half hour later, amazingly delicious oven roasted potatoes are yours to enjoy.
Can I Use Other Evergreens in the Recipe?
Can you use other types of needles? Absolutely, as long as the evergreen is an edible. You may use spruce, fir, or hemlock needles instead of, or in addition to, the pine needles. Just be sure to stay away from yew, or Norfolk pine which is not a true pine.
How to Identify Pine
Pine can easily be identified by their needles, which always grow in clusters of 2 to 5 depending on the species. The needles of no other evergreen grow in clusters.
These clusters of needles are attached to the stems of the tree. The needles of spruce, fir, and hemlock, on the other hand, are attached individually.
In addition, pine needles tend to be longer than spruce, fir, or hemlock needles.
Oven Roasted Potatoes on a Bed of Pine Boughs
At a gathering at a friend’s last year about foraging in winter, we enjoyed foods of all kinds made with pine, including these oven roasted potatoes. We also had pine tea, a salad with Pine Infused Salad Dressing, Pine Needle Sugar Cookies, and Pine and Raspberry Fermented Soda.
It was such a fun get together, and we learned so much about the benefits of pine.
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Oven Roasted Potatoes on a Bed of Pine Needles
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Toss the potatoes with the avocado oil, tallow, or lard.
- Season the potatoes with course sea salt.
- Cover the bottom of a large cast iron Dutch oven with pine needles and small pine branches.
- Place the Dutch oven on the stove top over high heat until the pine begins to smoke.
- Remove from the burner, and place your potatoes on top of the pine.
- Cover the potatoes with more pine needles and small branches, and place lid on Dutch oven.
- Place in a pre-heated oven, and roast for 30 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
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