Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2013

easy oven roasted potatoes

As I’ve mentioned before, we are BIG potato-lovers over here. 

We love pretty much all forms of potatoes — and our love of spuds must have rubbed off on Nora, because although she’s struggled with many eating issues, potatoes are one thing she will (almost) always gobble up!

Because of this, I’m always on the look out for quick and simple potato recipes to add to our weekly menus.

Today’s recipe most definitely fits my “quick” and “simple” week-day meal requirements, but is delicious enough to serve for a more lavish weekend dinner with company… and yes, Nora likes them :)

Recipe for Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

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NOTE: I used a 9″x9″ pan with 3 medium potatoes and it was MORE than enough for our family of 3 with a good amount left over.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • potatoes (I used 3 medium white potatoes, but red skin potatoes taste awesome with this recipe too)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a variety of your favorite herbs (I used a few shakes of garlic powder, dried onion, basil, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and sage)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350*F

Scrub the potato skins until they are very clean.

Put butter in rimmed baking pan (I used a 9″x9″ pan); then put pan in preheating oven to melt the butter.

While butter is melting, cut potatoes into large bite-size chunks. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.

Remove pan with melted butter from oven and shake in desired seasonings (you really can’t go wrong here — so just add a few shakes of any flavor you love with potatoes.)

Add potato chunks to pan with the cut side down in the butter and herbs.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are very tender (this will depend somewhat on the type of potatoes you use and how small or large you cut them — so just check them a few times.)

Stir potatoes in pan (or dump them into a bowl) to mix up all the butter and herbs.

Eat and enjoy!

We’ve served this side dish with grilled meat, slow-cooker meals, roasts, and even a ham dinner.

It’s so good, it’s so easy, and (as with all my recipes) there is not one “right” way to make them. If your family loves garlic and chives, try that. if you hate sage or rosemary, leave them out. Mix and match your favorite flavors — or for pickier eaters, just go with butter and salt!

The worst thing you could possibly do is over-cook them a little bit — in which case they would literally melt in your mouth (and that doesn’t sound too bad!)

What is your favorite potato side dish?

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20 comments

  1. Shantel

    09/16/2013

    This is great. Thanks for another easy “recipe”. I have some that require putting seasonings in a ziploc bag, shaking around, which is always a mess (for me!) and wastes a bag. Will definitely give this a try!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Oh yeah, I hate any recipes that require shaking stuff in bags. I haven’t had the best of luck and usually end up with flour or herbs everywhere!

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    Stephanie Reply:

    Me too — olive oil and dry onion soup mix. Yum!

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  2. Chalyse Meiklejohn

    09/16/2013

    I came on the internet to check your blog and then look for a potato recipe to go with our slow-cooker cheesy chicken tonight (which is a recipe so easy that you’d LOVE it!) and now I don’t have to open another tab to google a recipe! Thanks! :)

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  3. JoAnn C.

    09/16/2013

    I managed to score 15 pounds of potatoes for FREE this weekend. And spent all day yesterday roasting potatoes. I used Italian herbs/olive oil/minced garlic mixture, made some taco flavored and the rest, (about half), were roasted plain with very little salt, pepper and olive oil. These freeze well too. What a timely post, Andrea. Thanks.

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  4. Lee Cockrum

    09/16/2013

    As someone already mentioned above, I love the olive oil and Lipton onion soup roasted potatoes! I think they may say shake in bag, but I just mix them up in the pan.

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  5. Kaisa

    09/16/2013

    I use honey in addition to herbs. Delicious! This same recipe suits also for root vegetables (nice side dish in autumn, at least here in Finland), just use carrots, swedes etc. instead of potatoes.

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  6. JoDi

    09/16/2013

    That sounds great. I make them a similar way except I use olive oil and I toss the potatoes in the herbs and oil before baking. Will have to try your way next time!

    Our favorite potato recipe is Creamy Potato Casserole. It’s basically this recipe:
    http://www.oreida.com/Recipes/C/Cheesy-Potato-Casserole#.Ujdaun1dXMI
    but I only use 1 c of sour cream, omit the onions, and there is 1/2 cup of melted butter added to the sour cream and soup mixture that gets mixed into the hash browns.

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  7. Rebecca G

    09/16/2013

    One of our favorites is actually very similar but we like to grill it: microwave the potatoes until soft, put them in a large aluminum foil packet, add butter and Old Bay seasoning and put the packet on the grill while you’re cooking your meat or chicken, flipping it over occasionally to let the butter mix soak. Yummy!!!

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  8. Jennifer

    09/16/2013

    Try sprinkling Parmesan cheese over the potatoes when you take them out. Mmm… I’ve also made a cheesy dip for roasted potatoes with gruyere or Gouda or really whatever cheese we have leftover from something else. My husband is a cheese fanatic, so if I find a way to add it to any meal I’m golden.

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  9. Jami

    09/16/2013

    One of my favorite potato recipes is with sweet potatoes in a very similar fashion. Cut them into chunks, sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir in the pan and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, stir and bake for 15-20 more minutes.

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  10. Kristen

    09/16/2013

    I’m curious what people have found to be a good price for potatoes … anyone care to weigh in?? :)

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    Kristen @ Joyfullythriving Reply:

    In Fort Wayne, where I live, I can usually get 10 pounds for $2.99. A great deal is when I can get 5 pounds for a $1. Since potatoes do keep, I try to stock up when a great deal comes along!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yup, I just got back from the store with a 10 pound bag of potatoes for $2.99 :)

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  11. Kristen @ Joyfullythriving

    09/18/2013

    Oh, I love potatoes too! My favorite potato recipe is simple. I peel and wedge my potatoes. Then I shake them in an equal mixture of parmesan cheese and flour. Just the cheap grated stuff from the canister works for this purpose! Just a 1/4 or so of each, depending on how many potatoes you use. Then, I melt butter in a pan, lay the potatoes in and bake at 350 for an hour or so, flipping halfway through. These are a delicious side – and one of my favorites!

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  13. Shelly

    10/01/2013

    Tried this last night for dinner. Huge hit at my house! My husband and kids loved it and it was so, so simple. Thanks for another easy side.

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  14. Audra

    10/05/2013

    I like to chop up potatoes, dot with a bunch of butter and do a generous sprinkling of Tastefully Simple’s Spinach and Herb Dip Mix. Yum!

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  15. Amie

    03/24/2014

    Made these potatoes tonight with small yellow potatoes from Trader Joe’s. I added some frozen onions (added moisture) and garlic. They turned out fabulous! Actually too good – there weren’t any leftover for tomorrow’s school lunches! Oh well, I’ll make a double batch next time. Thanks for adding some life to our tired menus Andrea :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing Amie! So glad your family loved these potatoes — but sorry about the no leftovers :)

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