Simply seasoned, easy oven roasted potatoes make the ideal side dish for a meat and potatoes dinner. A high baking temperature makes the potatoes sizzle and brown nicely. You may also like our oven baked cheesy potatoes!
What’s your meal planning strategy? In the 17 years I’ve been married, I’ve tried probably 17 different ways of being on top of the never-ending meal planning issue.
When the kids were little, I made up a month-long dinner plan and did shopping basically once a month. Let’s just say we ate a lot of non-perishable and freezer food, but it worked for that time in our life. I wanted to limit the amount of times I headed to the store with 3 children under the age of 4. I know moms get me on this one!
Now I generally keep the freezer stocked with meats that I can defrost easily depending on how much time I have for the day. And I have easy side dishes such as these easy oven roasted potatoes that I can whip up for a delicious dinner the family will love.
We prefer to use a good purpose potato for roasting such as red-skinned potatoes, Yukon gold or all-purpose round white potatoes. I love red-skinned potatoes because they are waxier and hold their shape well, but Yukon Gold are excellent for roasting.
This recipe is more about the method of baking than being about the exact spices that go on the potatoes. Feel free to add whatever kind of spices you’d like! Red pepper flakes for a little spice. Basil, oregano and parsley for an Italian flare. Cumin for a Mexican touch. The best roast potatoes for you will be potatoes that are seasoned to your liking. Change it up every time you make them, but the spices shown below in the recipe are our favorites.
In order to allow the potatoes to cook quickly and get browned, I toss them in olive oil and the spices prior to baking. Heat the oven to a hot 450 degrees. Spray a shallow baking pan with cooking spray. This works best if the potatoes are in a single layer on the baking sheet. If they are piled on top of each other, they will take longer to cook and not cook as evenly.
Pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet and pop them in the hot oven for 25-30 minutes. The exact time will depend on the size of your potato chunks, so check them often.
About 15 minutes into baking, you’re going to start hearing them sizzle. I love the sound of sizzling potatoes! Stir the potatoes once or twice during baking so they brown on more than just one side. And if you’d really like them golden brown, turn the oven on low broil and allow them to get browned on top for 2-3 minutes. Watch them closely because food can quickly burn under the broiler.
Serve with your choice of meat and a pile of colorful, steamed veggies for a deliciously healthy meal. Here are a few of our favorite meats:
I love that white potatoes are now allowed on the Whole30 program, which is how we try to eat healthy at mealtimes. That means that this simple potato side dish is Whole30 friendly!