The perfect side to, well just about anything
by Lindsay Evans
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Everyone makes roasted potatoes. But the question is, are you taking the necessary steps to take your spuds from so-so to seriously amazing? To us, a perfectly roasted potato is tender (but not mushy) on the inside, perfectly golden and crispy on the outside and seasoned, well perfectly. And really, there are just a few simple things you must do to create seriously delicious roasted potatoes: 1. Make sure your potatoes are dry—not soaking wet—before you dress them with olive oil and the seasonings. This will ensure your potatoes roast, not steam, while they're in the oven. 2. Season your potatoes very well, a tiny pinch will not do. We recommend using a full tsp of flaked sea salt (not the table variety) and 1/2 tsp of freshly cracked black pepper. 3. Add some vavoom by adding other fresh ingredients, for example, here we've used lemon zest, smoked paprika, freshly chopped herbs and freshly grated Parmesan. We promise if you follow these simple steps, you'll have perfectly roasted potatoes each and every time.
2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks
2 tbsp olive oil
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp each sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 tbsp freshly chopped herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano)
3 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Scrub potatoes, dry well and peel. Cut into chunks and transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with lemon zest, paprika, sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat potatoes well. Spread potatoes onto prepared baking sheet, making sure they are in an even layer (use two sheets if necessary).
Place baking sheet in oven and roast potatoes for 30 minutes. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle with half of the freshly chopped herbs. Place pan back in the oven and continue to roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining herbs and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.