Variations of roasted potato recipes
Additional seasoning like herbs and spices can be added in step 7. Things that go well with roasted potatoes are garlic (chopped or whole cloves mixed in with the potatoes), thyme (great with pork), rosemary (great with lamb), olive oil, paprika, oregano, basil, marjoram, dill, thyme, oregano, parsley and or red pepper / chilli flakes. What you choose and which ones to combine is purely a matter of personal taste!
Time Saving Tip!
If you know you’ll be short on time on Sunday morning, perhaps because you go to Church?, you can prepare everything, up to Step 6 (inclusive) the day before. Simply store the potatoes in the fridge until your are ready to roast them. They will be especially delicious this way because the flavors really had time to merge with the potatoes. Just avoid adding any fat or oil, this is better done by heating the oil / fat first and then adding the potatoes to the hot fat, otherwise they will turn out too greasy!
Roast below the meat
A very traditional way to roast potatoes is to do so so whilst the meat is roasting on top of them on a oven rack, this way the lovely meat fat and juices flavor the potatoes at the same time when dripping down on them. Just make sure to judge the time right when to put the potatoes in as the best results are when meat and potatoes are ready to be served at the same time!
To parboil or not to parboil?
Some recipes, like my favorite one outlined above, call for parboiling the potatoes, but there is no reason not to try to roast them from ‘raw’ and not peeled. You will need to add a few more minutes of ‘oven time’ and properly they are also called then ‘potato wedges’ in the United States, not roast potatoes like in the UK and Ireland.
Changing the Form!
You can cut your potatoes in pretty much any form you like, just remember the smaller they are the faster they cook and roast. For a quicker meal try cutting them in smallish cubes / dices. Great with bacon and garlic BTW
If you have followed this instruction on how to roast potatoes in the oven and perhaps even experimented a bit with different seasoning etc. I am sure you will agree that nothing beats a home-made roasted potato! Enjoy your meal!