It’s unpleasant outdoors: rainy, cold – although no longer freezing cold… So let’s grab some small potatoes & prepare delicious roast potatoes w/ lots of Mediterranean herbs for feeling warm!
I’m somewhat obsessed w/ potatoes this time of the year: we already had mashed potatoes & potatoes au gratin… as well as potato salad… Today I like to add roast potatoes (inspired especially by a recipe from RasaMalaysia presenting a mouth watering photo on her blog).
(Yes: I’m just back from much warmer & greener spaces – more about this during my next post(s). Today it’s traditional western food!)
Small potatoes w/ herbs & butter: let’s start!
What do we need?
- lots of small potatoes
- olive oil
- fresh garlic
- dried Mediterranean herbs & some ground sweet paprika
- some grated Parmesan
- some butter
We start w/ a casserole – NO: we start w/ preheating the oven (180 °C w/ fan). Then we fill our casserole.
The olive oil will be mixed w/ the pressed garlic & the Mediterranean herbs & the ground sweet paprika as well as salt.
The potatoes should be washed thoroughly, however, no need of peeling. Just cut the potatoes into halves & mix – thoroughly – w/ the rest.
The Parmesan is optional: if you use it then add at this point in time.
For the record:
The grated Parmesan will get rather crispy later on. If you don’t like any crunching just do w/o Parmesan.
So let’s now do the “before & after” close-up:
The roast potatoes relax in the preheated oven for about 40 min. Afterwards let some butter melt over the potatoes… then it’s ready!
If you plan a dinner w/ roast potatoes you may prepare the casserole some hours in advance & put it in the oven together w/ more vegetables & your beef/pork/lamb/chicken… just for the last 40 min!
You may also prepare the roast potatoes completely in advance & reheat before serving… well, I don’t recommend this, but it’ll work (the potatoes getting somewhat crispier when in the oven for a 2nd session…).
I used the full load – if you happen to miss some of these herbs in your pantry don’t worry: it’ll work also w/ 4-5 different herbs instead of 7!
The businesswoman with too many office hours thinks
Sounds good; sounds fast. It’s a classic for lots of dinners… What more can I expect?
(I really appreciate that the potatoes need no peeling!)
…and we use dried herbs available all year round… (fresh herbs would mean half a dozen or more pots on the window sill – possible, but an avoidable challenge!)