Fingerling potatoes are coated in seasonings and oil before being roasted to perfection with a crispy, crunchy exterior and a soft inside for perfect roasted potatoes every single time!
I think we can all agree that potatoes are just some sort of magic. They are so versatile, there’s so many different types and they pretty much go with EVERYTHING. Right?! I mean, they’re just the best. Potatoes have gotten a bad rep in diet culture because they’re a carb… but carbs are amazing and our bodies need them! Aside from that truth, they’re just straight up delicious, and I love making them!
How to Choose the Type of Potato to use
In this recipe, I’m choosing to use fingerling potatoes. I use fingerling potatoes most often for roasted potatoes because their longer shape allows for more surface area… aka more crunchy goodness on the outside!
If you can’t find fingerling potatoes or don’t want to use them, you can certainly use other varieties. For easy, oven-roasted potatoes like these ones, I typically stick to baby potato varieties, like baby red potatoes or baby yellow potatoes. I find that they cook much quicker, whereas a large potato like a russet needs more preparation and cook time in order to achieve the perfect roast.
Setting up the Baking Sheet
I find the easiest way to bake these perfect roasted potatoes is on a baking sheet. You can most definitely use a cast-iron skillet (no parchment paper needed), but I usually make quite a bit and there’s not always enough room in a cast-iron. You want to be able to spread the potatoes out so that they aren’t crowded and overlapping.
Another key in the quest for perfect roasted potatoes is to use parchment paper to line the baking sheet. Parchment paper definitely helps the potatoes crisp up, and there’s some evidence that it may be a healthier option than tin foil. I use it whenever I can!
Seasoning the Perfect Roasted Potatoes
The possibilities for seasoning the potatoes is endless! I often choose based on what I’m having the potatoes with, but I follow a similar formula each time. For every 1 lb of potatoes, I use 1 tbsp of seasoning and 1 tsp salt. My go-to seasoning blends are Simply Organic Grind to a Salt and Garlic n’ Herb, but I also love to do:
-a combination of 1 tsp paprika, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder
-1 tbsp oregano and the juice of ½ a lemon
-1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Using a good amount of seasoning is crucial. Potatoes are hearty and can handle it, and they will taste bland if you do not season them enough. Play around with it and find flavors that you like!
The other main ingredient in these perfect roasted potatoes is the oil. I prefer to use avocado or extra virgin olive oil. Similar to the seasonings, you don’t want to be shy with the oil. Now, you don’t want the potatoes swimming in it, but each potato definitely needs to be coated with oil. This will also help the seasonings stick to each potato piece and be dispersed throughout.
Steps for roasting the Potatoes
After the potatoes have been sliced, coated in seasoning and oil, lay them all out on the parchment-lined baking sheet and place each potato cut-side down (skin side up). This is key for the perfect texture!
Roast at 425 for at least 25 minutes, or until the potatoes have reached your desired doneness.
Let me know what you think of these Perfect Roasted Potatoes! They are one of my favorite things to make and we eat them often in our house. You just can’t go wrong!
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Perfect Roasted Potatoes
- 1 lb fingerling potatoes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp seasoning blend Italian, Garlic 'n Herb, Oregano
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive or avocado oil
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Slice fingerling potatoes in half, lengthwise.
- In a large bowl, combine sliced fingerling potatoes, oil and seasonings. Stir to coat well.
- Distribute potatoes on the baking sheet, being sure to not overcrowd. Place the potatoes cut-side down.
- Roast the potatoes for 25 minutes, check by flipping a few over, and continue roasting until they reach desired doneness (about 30-35 minutes).