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Herb Roasted Potatoes

Updated: Jul 28


Cooking potatoes is easy, right? You can boil them, bake them, roast them, mash them, saute them, fry them and they are everyone's favorite food. I personally eat baked potatoes with only a little bit of salt and I'm happy with just that. But sometimes I like a little something extra, like these herb roasted potatoes.


These herb roasted potatoes are seasoned with Italian herbs and brightened with some fresh lemon. But they get their wonderful taste and texture with the right cooking method. To get that beautiful golden brown crispy top, here's how you do it.


How to Brown Potatoes in the Oven


The key to getting these potatoes all golden brown and crispy is to give them space on the pan. No crowds - you know, a little social distancing. Too many potatoes piled up on top of each other and they start to steam each other. Just like steamed broccoli they will not get brown, even when they are in the oven.


For even cooking, try to keep the slices a uniform thickness. I like about ½ thick. This is just the right size that allows for a golden outside with a creamy inside. If the slices are too thin, they will be dry on the inside.




Toss the sliced potatoes in some olive oil and seasoning and spread them out in a single layer on sheet pans (I line mine with parchment paper). I used 2 standard sized cookie sheets so that the potatoes can lay in a single layer. I prefer baking sheets with their low sides over a roasting pan with higher sides. The low sides allow the steam to escape easily so that the potatoes can get brown and a little crispy.




Ingredients

3 lbs baby potatoes

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp dried Italian seasoning or a combination of basil, thyme and oregano

1/2 tsp granulated onion

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

2 pinches black pepper

1 lemon

2 Tbsps melted butter


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400゚ and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the olive oil herbs spices and 2 tsp lemon juice together.

  3. Cut the potatoes into 1/2 " slices.

  4. Add the potatoes to the seasoned oil and toss to coat evenly.

  5. Divide the potato slices evenly between the 2 pans and spread in a single layer.

  6. Roast for 20 minutes or until they are cooked.

  7. If the tops of the slices are not brown, turn the oven to broil keeping the pans on the middle rack and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  8. KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THEM. This is one point when I don't walk away from the oven.

  9. Place the cooked potatoes in a bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and the melted butter.

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