Easy roasted potatoes make a perfect side dish.
Sometimes we spend so much time, and focus so much attention on the centerpiece of a meal that the sides take a back seat. We get it. One can get excited over a gorgeous maple glazed smoked ham, perfectly marinated souvlaki or a show-stopping prime rib roast. But guys, there is enough food excitement to go around! Sides are like the must-have accessories that take a simple black dress from wow, to WOW.
In terms of sides, there is probably no ingredient more relied on than the humble potato. Sure, broccoli is great (yes, it is great!) and rice is lovely, but potatoes are unbeatable. Talk about versatility! Whether mashed, fried, roasted or boiled, potatoes are everyone’s favourite – unless you hate potatoes in which case don’t waste your time here – hop on over to this page.
If you do love potatoes, then this recipe for easy roasted potatoes is just what you need in your life. It is the unassuming side that will be glanced at appreciatively as it sits next to your filet mignon. When you pop one of these roasted spuds in your mouth, you’ll realize that the humble potato can be more than a plate filler.
What kind of potatoes should be used to make easy roasted potatoes?
We actually love to use mini or baby potatoes for this recipe. When we can find them in various colours, we love to mix them up because this looks so pretty. If you can’t find baby potatoes, fingerlings would work well too. Otherwise, any medium sized potato cut into chunks will work great.
Should I peel my potatoes?
Often we do peel our potatoes, but not in this recipe for easy roasted potatoes. Because we don’t peel them we do try to purchase organic potatoes. Whether our potatoes are organic or not, we make sure to wash them really well to remove any dirt.
How do I wash my potatoes?
You can purchase special vegetable washes from many grocery stores and health food stores, or online. We actually don’t do this however. We just use a soft bristle brush that we devote to washing vegetables and use that to scrub our potatoes under cool running water. Be careful not to scrub too hard with your brush or you can inadvertently scrub off the peel.
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Easy roasted potatoes
- 2 lbs baby (preferably) or medium size yellow potatoes
- ½ tsp salt to be added to the water for boiling potatoes
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled but kept whole
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley optional
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash your potatoes but do not peel them. If using baby potatoes, cut them in half (very small potatoes can be kept whole). If using medium sized potatoes cut them into 2 inch chunks. (See Recipe Note)2 lbs baby (preferably) or medium size yellow potatoes
- Fill a large pot with cold water and add ½ teaspoon salt and your potatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and boil for 3 - 4 minutes.
- Drain your potatoes in a colander and let them air dry for about 5 minutes.
- Transfer your potatoes to a roasting pan large enough to accommodate them in one layer. Add the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix your potatoes carefully with a plastic spatula so that they are well coated. Add the garlic and the fresh rosemary.2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, 4 cloves garlic, peeled but kept whole
- Place your roasting pan on the bottom rack of your oven for 25-30 minutes. Midway through, carefully stir the potatoes. Your potatoes are done when they are a nice golden brown colour and easily pierced with a knife or fork.
- Serve with a sprinkling of parsley if you’d like, and some additional salt and/or pepper to taste.2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley