Potato heels with garlic aioli mayo are thickly sliced potato peels fried in coconut or olive oil, lightly salted, and then dipped in a mixture of mayonnaise and Original Dipping Sauce from Simpatico Foods. This is an appetizer you should have in your culinary repertoire. The reasons are manyfold. First, you’ll stop wasting potato peels when you’re making scalloped or mashed potatoes or other potato dishes. Secondly, this appetizer is delicious and will satisfy a diverse range of palates. It’s vegan, organic, and gluten free so it appeals to people with special dietary needs and preferences. Thirdly, this is comfort food at its best. And who among us does not need comfort food from time to time.
What the Heck is a Potato Heel?
That’s not a typo. What is a potato heel? Great question. Think potato peel only thicker. While potato peels are thin slices of skin removed from the potato, the potato heel is a little thicker and includes part of the potato, like an extremely thick potato chip. You decide how thick you want your potato heels to be.
This appetizer will take under 30 minutes to make from start to finish and best of all you can use the cook time to do other things.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
This recipe as shown will be a hearty appetizer for 2 or 3 people. It can easily be incorporated into a tapas style menu of small shared plates.
For the Fried Potato Heels
- For this recipe as shown you’ll need 3-4 potatoes worth of heels. We used golden potatoes but use whatever you have on hand. Any potato will work great for this recipe. Remember, this recipe assumes you’re using potato heels and most of the remaining potato is being used for another dish, e.g. mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, etc. Of course you could make this dish using the entire potato, too.
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup Organic Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
For the Garlic Aioli Mayo
- 1 Tablespoon Original Dipping Sauce – Medium or Hot
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or vegan equivalent
Recipe Instructions – How to Make Potato Heels with Garlic Aioli
Making the Potato Heels
- Wash potatoes well
- Remove potato heels. Using a knife slice the potato skins removing about 1/4 to 1/3 inch of the potato. Continue this around the surface of the potato until all skin is removed. Reserve the balance of the potato for another dish as desired.
- Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat
- Add sliced potatoes peel-side up in a single layer to heated pan
- Fry about 4-6 minutes on side one until golden brown (It will be useful to inspect the underside using tongs to prevent overcooking)
- Turn potatoes and cook another 4-5 minutes on side two
- Potatoes are done when golden brown and a fork easily pierces the potato
- Drain on paper towel or wire rack
Making the Garlic Aioli Mayo
- Add 1 Tablespoon Original Dipping Sauce – Medium or Hot as you prefer to 1/2 cup mayonnaise or vegan equivalent. The Original Dipping Sauce has a nice base of pepper, onion, and garlic. This is available in either a one-pepper, medium or a two-pepper, hot version. Further, if you enjoy a citrusy flavor you might consider substituting Citrus Infused Sauce also available in medium or hot.
- Mix well
- Serve in ramekins or small bowls and enjoy!
Serving Suggestions for Potato Heels with Garlic Aioli Mayo
Potato Heels are a perfect side dish or appetizer. Consider serving this on Meatless Monday along with other vegetarian dishes. It’s also great with sliders, steak bites, Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce, Shrimp Satay Skewers, or any assortment of small dishes served tapas style for a wonderful shared meal. If you liked this recipe and enjoy good food subscribe to our blog.