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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Here’s a recipe that impresses every time: garlic roasted potatoes! They’re tossed with Parmesan and garlic butter for a knockout…

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Here’s a recipe that impresses every time: garlic roasted potatoes! They’re tossed with Parmesan and garlic butter for a knockout side dish.

Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Here’s a fun side dish that impresses every time: Garlic Roasted Potatoes! This one is our go-to for both weeknight meals and dinner parties: and you won’t be able to stop sneaking bites. The tender potatoes are roasted with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese for extra crispiness, then tossed with garlic butter after they’re nice and tender. The double hit of garlic adds a bit of magic! Here’s how to make them.

Ingredients in garlic roasted potatoes

This garlic roasted potatoes recipe is simple to put together and makes a splash hit on any dinner table. The potatoes take 35 minutes to roast, and you can prep everything while your oven is preheating. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this easy side dish:

  • Baby red potatoes or red potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • Salted butter
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley
Garlic roasted potatoes

Key to making garlic roasted potatoes

The big key to garlic roasted potatoes? Add the garlic after roasting. Many recipes specify to add minced garlic at the beginning of the roasting time. In our house, that equals browned and burned garlic bits. Adding the garlic in a garlic butter mixture afterwards makes sure the garlic stays beautifully savory without burning.

Types of potatoes for this recipe

The best type of potatoes for this garlic roasted potatoes recipe is red potatoes. They’re part of a family called waxy potatoes that have thin, shiny skin and creamy flesh. Waxy potatoes are low in starch, so they hold their shape well when cooked. Starchy potatoes like russet potatoes have a fluffy texture when cooked, so we don’t recommend that variety here. You can find a few different types of potatoes at the store:

  • Red potatoes: Potatoes labeled as such are usually medium sized, with a shiny reds skin
  • Baby red potatoes: Baby red potatoes are a younger stage of red potatoes: they have an even more delicate flavor
  • Mini red potatoes or creamer potatoes: These are also younger stages of red potatoes and may be similar to baby potatoes, or even smaller.

Can’t find red potatoes? You can use other types of waxy potatoes here, like fingerling potatoes or even Yukon gold potatoes, chopped into bite-sized pieces.

Garlic roasted potatoes

We like this recipe best as garlic Parmesan roasted potatoes, with a little cheese tossed in halfway through the bake time. Why? The Parmesan cheese helps to make the exterior of the potatoes even crispier. You also end up with little crispy bits of Parmesan where it falls off the potatoes onto the baking sheet. It’s not required, but it sure does step this recipe up a notch.

Diet variations

Made as written, this recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian. Want to make vegan garlic roasted potatoes? The Parmesan cheese isn’t required. Simply omit the Parmesan and use vegan butter in place of the butter.

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There are so many different ways to roast potatoes! Here are a few more ideas for roasting types of potatoes:

This garlic roasted potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, omit the Parmesan cheese and use vegan butter.

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Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Roasted Potatoes


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes (or chopped medium red potatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp salted butter (or vegan butter, for vegan)
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced (2 teaspoons minced)
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Wash the potatoes, then slice them in half (for baby potatoes) or dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper. 
  4. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet cut and make sure they are side down. Roast for 20 minutes. Toss with the Parmesan cheese and rotate the pans. Roast another 10 to 15 minutes until browned, depending on the size of the pieces. 
  5. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small saucepan with the minced garlic and parsley, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Toss with garlic butter and another pinch of salt. Serve warm. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Garlic roasted potatoes, roasted garlic potatoes, garlic parmesan roasted potatoes, roasted potatoes with garlic

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Classic Roasted Potatoes

These oven roasted potatoes recipe comes out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing. Why mash potatoes when you can roast them to a golden crisp? We’ve always been partial to a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato. To us, the mushy stuff just doesn’t compare. (Though these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are close!) We’ll show you how to make our favorite Roasted Potatoes, oven roasted red potatoes that are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs. It’s easy and you barely need to think about it. Ready to get started? Best variety to use for roasted potatoes What’s the best potato for roasted potatoes? Turns out there’s an answer to that. The best choice is a waxy potato, a potato with thin, shiny skin and a creamy flesh. Because they’re low in starch, they hold their shape when roasting. We like roasted red potatoes best, but you can use any type of waxy potato. Here are our top picks for the type of potato to use for these oven roasted potatoes: Baby red potatoes: Our favorite are baby red potatoes: they have the best creamy flavor and they look stunning Fingerling […]

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These oven roasted potatoes recipe comes out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing.

Roasted potatoes

Why mash potatoes when you can roast them to a golden crisp? We’ve always been partial to a crispy-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside potato. To us, the mushy stuff just doesn’t compare. (Though these Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes are close!) We’ll show you how to make our favorite Roasted Potatoes, oven roasted red potatoes that are baked until crispy with garlic powder, then showered with fresh herbs. It’s easy and you barely need to think about it. Ready to get started?

Best variety to use for roasted potatoes

What’s the best potato for roasted potatoes? Turns out there’s an answer to that. The best choice is a waxy potato, a potato with thin, shiny skin and a creamy flesh. Because they’re low in starch, they hold their shape when roasting. We like roasted red potatoes best, but you can use any type of waxy potato. Here are our top picks for the type of potato to use for these oven roasted potatoes:

  • Baby red potatoes: Our favorite are baby red potatoes: they have the best creamy flavor and they look stunning
  • Fingerling potatoes: This type of potato is small, brown and looks like long, thin fingers. It also has a fabulous flavor and works well here
  • Red potatoes (chopped): If you can’t find baby red potatoes, use any type of red potato and chop it into 1/2-inch cubes
  • New potatoes: Technically new potatoes aren’t a variety but simply freshly harvested potatoes. Usually new potatoes are small waxy potatoes. Sometimes you can find a variety of colors (brown, yellow, red and purple).
Oven roasted potatoes

Oven roasted potatoes ingredients

Roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish because they call for only a handful of ingredients! Once you’ve got your potatoes, here’s what you need for the rest of the recipe:

  • Waxy potatoes like baby red potatoes (see above)
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh thyme or other fresh herbs like oregano, chives or rosemary

Want another variation? Try these Rosemary Roasted Potatoes.

How long to roast potatoes

You barely need a recipe for roasted potatoes! You simply need to know the oven temperature and how long to roast potatoes (and of course, approximate oil and salt quantities!). How long to roast potatoes?

  • Roast 1/2-inch chopped potatoes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes. The timing does depend on the exact size of potatoes.
  • You don’t have to stir. Place them cut-side down to get crisp and golden brown.
  • How to season roasted potatoes? Plan on 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt per pound. Then you can get fancy with other flavors: keep reading…
Roasted red potatoes

Flavor variations for roasted red potatoes

Our basic oven roasted potatoes recipe features garlic powder on the potatoes while roasting. This is important: don’t try to add fresh garlic in the oven! At such a high temperature, fresh garlic will burn. Once the roasted potatoes are golden and crisp, sprinkle with fresh thyme. It’s a time-honored flavor combination that’s effortlessly simple. But want to take that even further? Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh garlic: Fresh garlic burns in the oven, but you can add it afterwards! Use a small garlic clove and grate it over the top of the warm potatoes. Add a drizzle of olive oil then stir, mixing up any clumps with your fingers.
  • Lemon juice: Love potatoes with a lemon kick? Add squeezes from a few lemon wedges after baking.
  • Parmesan cheese: Take it even further over the top with Parmesan! Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese 15 minutes into baking. It comes so intensely crispy and savory, you’ll be addicted. (We took a cue from our Parmesan Potato Wedges.)
Roasted potatoes recipe

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This roasted potatoes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Roasted red potatoes

Classic Oven Roasted Potatoes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These oven roasted potatoes come out crispy and seasoned to perfection! Red potatoes and fresh herbs make a classic pairing.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds baby red potatoes (or chopped medium red potatoes)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme or lemon thyme
  • Optional: 1 clove fresh garlic, lemon wedges, shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Wash the potatoes, then slice them in half (for baby potatoes) or dice them into 1/2-inch cubes.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, kosher salt, and several grinds of fresh ground black pepper.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the sheet cut and make sure they are side down. Roast for about 30 to 35 minutes without stirring until browned, depending on the size of the pieces. (To step up these potatoes, remove from the oven at 15 minutes and toss with 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.)
  5. Remove the potatoes from the oven and toss with the fresh thyme. For a more forward garlic flavor, grate the fresh garlic onto the pan with another drizzle of olive oil and use a spoon to gently toss it all together (separating any grated garlic that clumps together). You can also spritz with lemon wedges for a tangy flavor. 
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Roasted potatoes, roasted red potatoes

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These roasted red potatoes are at the top of our list of potato recipes! But here are a few more that are top contenders:

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