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Just a quick one for ya today! I thought we’d jump in a time machine and go back to the nineties with this sun-dried tomato pesto delight :). There’s a reason this pesto was so popular though–it’s actually good! You get that tangy-savoury-sweet-salty flavour that’s great for pizza, pasta, and–you bet–potatoes!

We do a typical smashed potato setup for those little slightly crispy edges. The potatoes are boiled until tender, flattened on a baking sheet, and thoroughly lacquered in our sun-dried tomato pesto. Then we take the flavour into the stratosphere and drizzle all of those golden nuggets in a sunflower seed-based, totally vegan caesar dressing. It’s a total win!

Hope that everyone is having a great week and an even better start to summer. Go eat some potatoes! :D

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SERVES: Serves 6-8
I think there’s enough oil in the pesto itself to sufficiently coat the potatoes before roasting, but if you’re feeling kinda iffy about it, you can quickly spray your smashed potatoes on the baking sheet with avocado oil spray before applying the pesto.

1 (8.5-ounce/251mL) jar sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 cup fresh basil leaves, lightly packed (plus extra for serving)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

½ cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked for at least 2 hours and drained
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
¼ teaspoon gluten-free tamari soy sauce
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
¼ cup filtered water, plus extra

1 ½ lbs mini potatoes (I like Yukon gold)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

Make the sun-dried tomato pesto. In a food processor or upright blender, combine the sun-dried tomatoes and all of the oil from the jar, nutritional yeast, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Run the motor until you have a fine paste. Scrape the pesto into a bowl and set aside.

Make the sunflower caesar drizzle.iIn an upright blender, combine the sunflower seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, dijon mustard, tamari, garlic, salt, pepper, and the water. Run the blender’s motor on high until you have a smooth and fluid dressing, adding more water by the tablespoon, if necessary. Check the caesar drizzle for seasoning, adjust if necessary, and set aside.

Make the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the potatoes to a boil and then simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and arrange them on the baking sheet.

Using the bottom of a glass or measuring cup, gently apply pressure onto each of the potatoes to flatten them slightly. Then, spoon about 1 teaspoon of the sun-dried tomato pesto on top of each potato and spread it around to cover each potato’s surface. Gently flip the potatoes over and spread the remaining pesto on the other side. Slide the baking sheet into the oven.

Bake the potatoes until the edges have browned, about 20 minutes, gently flipping the potatoes over at the halfway point. Serve potatoes warm with the caesar drizzle and chopped basil.

  • Lisa03/07/2019 - 8:14 am

    What a fantastic idea, will need to try them once the heat outside allows me to use my oven again ;)

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  • mary03/07/2019 - 2:48 pm

    What a wonderful idea to make sun dried pesto! the caesar drizzle is very deliciously extra! Lovely recipe:)ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Galbraith04/07/2019 - 10:43 am

    This looks amazing! If we can’t do nutritional yeast is there anything you can think of to substitute it? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Laura05/07/2019 - 1:21 pm

      I would add a tablespoon of whatever kind of miso you like to the pesto (I like chickpea miso) along with a pinch of onion powder and some extra salt. You’re just trying to get that well-rounded, super savoury flavour. For the dressing, I would do the same thing, but just reduce the amount to a teaspoon.

  • Ali05/07/2019 - 2:59 am

    These look great! BTW, if you have a dehydrator, tomatoes are easy to dry and totally worth it. Umami bomb central!ReplyCancel

    • Sydney05/07/2019 - 3:14 pm

      I have a bag of julienned sundried tomatoes, not the jarred oil-packed kind. Can I swap these out? If so, about how much oil would you add?ReplyCancel

      • Laura05/07/2019 - 4:44 pm

        I think you could swap in the dry ones! I’d add a 1/4 cup of olive oil. One thing to note though: the pesto probably won’t have that deep red colour and will probably veer more towards brown.

  • Olivia05/07/2019 - 6:07 am

    These look absolutely delicious, and I can’t wait to try them!! What could I add to make a complete meal?ReplyCancel

  • Marissa06/07/2019 - 10:58 am

    Do you think I could boil and smash the potatoes ahead of time, refrigerate, then bake them the day of? Would you add any oven time?ReplyCancel

    • Laura06/07/2019 - 4:41 pm

      I think you could. If you just put the potatoes on the counter for about an hour before you bake them, you won’t need to add oven time.

  • Syndi19/07/2019 - 4:36 pm

    This sounds delicious! I’m assuming you don’t peel the potatoes-right?ReplyCancel

    • Laura22/07/2019 - 11:33 am

      Nope! No need to. They help form a bit of crispness on the exterior :)

  • Erika Hill15/08/2019 - 11:15 pm

    Made these tonight and they were fantastic. The combination of flavors and textures was addicting. I may have to put that caesar drizzle on everything I eat. Including, possibly, desserts.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey21/08/2019 - 12:38 pm

    I made the pesto and Caesar dressing and then got too impatient to wait for the potatoes. So I threw some sweet potato fries in for a quick bake and put the pesto and dressing on top. So. Good. I actually had to pull back to not eat the tomato pesto straight out of the bowl.ReplyCancel

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  • Hannah28/09/2019 - 7:39 pm

    Yes, oh my gosh! These were delicious! Definitely my go to for any party or anytime I want a fancier roasted potato. IN LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • Jas V13/01/2020 - 11:12 pm

    this were sooooo good! i drizzled the onion dip as the dressing for them instead with a salad. boom!ReplyCancel

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