We’ve been eating a lot of roasted baby potatoes in our house since I discovered the reasonably sized bag at Costco. I think it’s 5 pounds, very manageable and likely to be eaten before growing the dreaded sprouts. They couldn’t be easier to fix and they have the perfect ratio of seasoned crispy skin to creamy inside that’s a bit sweeter than the average potato. Also, they go with everything, are far more nutritious than fries or tots, and are ready in about 30 minutes. What’s not to love?
This recipe is super basic but I’ve added some suggestions for you to jazz it up with different spices and some fresh herbs. Like many kids, my girls like me to keep it fairly simple but if I’m serving guests I like to make them a little more interesting.
roasted baby potatoes
(about 4 servings)
1 pound baby potatoes
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder or granulated garlic
(Optional spices/herbs I often add at this point include smoked or hot paprika, dried thyme, dried rosemary, dried basil, dried oregano, dried parsley, chipotle powder, or onion powder. Add about 1/8 teaspoon of a ground spice and 1/2 teaspoon dried herb flakes to compliment the type of cuisine you’re serving the potatoes with.)
freshly ground black pepper (to your taste)
(After the potatoes come out of the oven, I might toss in the following chopped fresh herbs with another drizzle of olive oil; thyme, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, oregano, or basil. Also, another pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper always adds a great finish.)
Preheat oven to 425 F, using the convection setting if you have it, if not, preheat to 450 F.
Give the potatoes a good rinse and a quick scrub then dry them thoroughly.
Place them in a single layer on a rimmed, oven-safe baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, garlic powder, and other dried herbs/spices you choose.
Use your fingers to coat each potato with oil and seasonings.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until soft inside and easily pierced with a fork.
Transfer potatoes to a serving bowl and toss with a little more olive oil, fresh herbs (optional), and freshly ground pepper.
A lovely quote for all my girls. As life continues to get more complicated and confusing, we have to remember to keep finding the joy!
“Let them judge you. Let them misunderstand you. Let them gossip about you. Their opinions aren’t your problems. You stay kind, committed to love and free in your authenticity. No matter what they do or say, don’t you doubt your worth or the beauty of your truth. Just keep shining like you always do. ”
— Scott Stabile