Perfect Roasted Potatoes

I understand that it is August and you are likely in no frame of mind to crank your oven to 425.  I won’t even try and convince you that you should.  What I will do is ask that you please bookmark this page and give it some clever title in your computer so that you will be constantly reminded that once the mercury dips below Hades, you have a date with Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

I recall reading a similar recipe back in my CI days.  I think I may have even pulled the page out and tucked it away into my recipe folders.  And then we had that ugly breakup and throwing away their roasted potato recipe was the culinary equivalent of deleting them from my cell phone or destroying all the mix tapes they made me.  It hurt but it was the right thing to do.

However, The Universe apparently believed that Perfect Roasted Potatoes and I were destined to meet.  Because The Universe guided my browser over to Chocolate and Zucchini where Clotilde effusively described how this recipe transformed her into a perfect potato roaster.  Who am I to scoff at the combined wisdom of The Universe, Clotilde, and Pascale and her mother in law?

So now that you are reading this, you are also presented with this wisdom.  Use it wisely.

Perfect Roasted Potatoes

Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini

BAH Note:  I may have gotten a little impatient with my potatoes and didn’t let all of them get the lovely golden crust the results from the banged up surface of the parboiled potatoes being roasted.  But believe me, the crust is magical and the potatoes really are perfect.

  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • kosher salt

Heat the oven to 425 degrees and line a sheet pan with aluminum foil.  Fill a pot large enough to  hold all your potatoes with cold water and and set on the stove.

Peel your potatoes, or partially peel if using smooth skinned potatoes, cut them into bite sized chunks, and place them in the pot.  Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil over high heat.  Once boiling, lower the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.

As soon as the water begins to boil, add the vegetable oil to the sheet pan and place it in the oven while the potatoes cook.

After the potatoes have simmered for 5 minutes, drain them and return them to the pot.  Put the lid back on and carefully but firmly shake the potatoes around inside the pot.  You want the surface of the potatoes to get a little banged up so they will form a crust in the oven.

Carefully remove the hot sheet pan from the oven and transfer the potatoes onto it.  Generously sprinkle with kosher salt and use a heat resistant spatula or spoon to make sure the potatoes are well coated with the hot oil.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until a paring knife meets no resistance when inserted .  The exterior will have a golden crust and the inside will be light and fluffy.  Enjoy these immediately.

{printable recipe}

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6 Responses to Perfect Roasted Potatoes

  1. JenniferA says:

    I would happily crank up the AC in my kitchen to make these this month. And maybe make them with bacon fat because I am evil.

  2. Lan says:

    girl, there is no way i could turn on the oven right now. i can have D do it tho! 🙂

  3. Jenna says:

    Awesome! I love the technique that I’ve now learned just by reading this! I’ll give this a try, because my husband has loved having potatoes instead of rice in the past week (I’m a rice addict, but I really do love potatoes as well! They just don’t get center stage as often).

  4. What I love to do with some of the too hot for my kitchen recipes is to try them on the grill. I’ve got the burner and a double grill…so it can become an oven. So many things work fine and the kitchen stays cool. Cakes? Not so much. These…bet I can; wish it was a bit earlier, I would trial them right now Wendi!

  5. Josie says:

    I made these potatoes last night, to go with some leftover taco-braised pot roast and fried green tomatoes. And HOLY SHIT. I’m making them again tonight, only in french-fry form, to go with burgers. And possibly on Saturday to go with breakfast. And possibly every day from now until infinity. YUM.

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