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.