Try a 500 degree oven for 15 minutes, then turn the potatoes, then 15 minutes more. Crisp outside, soft inside.
Everybody freaks when you roast at 500, but it makes a difference.
Even better, get a fresh whole chicken. Add two tablespoons of butter to the cavity, a few lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Do your potatoes and arrange around the chicken in a roasting pan (preferably with two inch high sides). Add 6 cloves of garlic, unpeeled.
Roast at 500 for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, use a spoon or spatula to move the chicken around to prevent sticking. Turn the potatoes.
Roast for another 35-45 minutes at 500, turning the potatoes every 15 mintues.
The potatoes roast in the rendered chicken fat. Not diet food, but I've never had a potato go uneaten.
Before covering in alu foil and sticking into the oven, crush a head of garlic from above with the heel of your hand to separate the cloves. Take 2 or 3 cloves (according to taste, but don't be shy) and just throw them in whole with the potatoes.
Don't bother peeling or crushing the garlic, just toss them in. The skin forms a seal around the cloves allowing the garlic to cook in its own vapour, though enough of the vapour escapes to flavour the potatoes. Their skin is porous, whereas the alu isn't so the whole dish is perfumed. The cooking time serves to reduce their pungency.
What you have at the end is a roasted garlic puree contained in its own little skin. Serve them whole mixed in with the potatoes - they can be eaten direct from their skins or pressed with your fork to extract the puree. And don't be scared of adding too much garlic - contrary to popular opinion it's not exceptionally garlicky, but instead the more you add the more the cloves develop a 'sweetness' that goes well with the herbs and salt on the potatoes. Think caramelised onions...
Of course, like all dishes containing garlic, this should be enjoyed with a group of *close* friends... ;)
you may want to grow a few basic herbs on your windowstill... they are 200% better than dried..
i would start with basil, mint, thyme and parsley.
in seperate containers, you can even pick up growingherbs from supermarkets(well in teh UK) and replant them with a small amount of compost.
of even a seed kit from amazon..
To keep the potato's moist throw some cherry tomato's in with the pot's under the foil. As the tom's heat up and split the moisture they release really keeps the pots moist and gives you that soft inner. Remember that tom's do retain a lot of heat when you come to remove them from pan.
I prefer to use maris piper pot's for my roast, ideal pot's for this receipe.
uh... how do you "puree" something? i have no idea what that means...
To puree usually refers to running something through an electric blender or rubbing it through a fine sieve (like strained or pureed peas as a baby food). Or it can mean to make something into a consistency resembling something that has been puireed. It is this effect that we are looking for (not actually sticking a clove of garlic into a blender and running the blender). To do this I have a few different methods:
1. Chop the garlic into fine pieces. Then, at an angle crush the garlic while making slicing motions to reduce it into a pulp.
2. Rub the garlic through a microplane zester. The resting product will be a pureed mush of garlic.
3. Use a garlic press and then press and cut with a knife until it is baby food consistency.
Hope this helped.
Potatoe recipe looks great! Lots of discussion on Garlic, and I thought I'd recommend the best Garlic press I've ever found... It's the "SUSI" from the Zyliss company (Good Swiss engineering)
It'll take a garlic clove and puree it in one press, no peeling required.
Any kitchen store worth it's salt will have one...
Thanks for a great site!
My two cents on this recipe: I often make similar oven-roasted potatoes and don't bother covering them with aluminum foil. (But I cut my potatoes in thinner fry-shapes). My tricks for success are:
- Make sure oven is hot (200 to 230° Celcius) and well preheated
- Preheat for a few minutes the cookie sheet on which you'll bake the potatoes
- Use a paper lining on the pan (so potatoes don't stick and no mess to clean up)
Total cooking time about 30 minutes, turning them over a couple of times.
The longer I leave the potatoes in the oven, the crispier they get, though at some point they get a bit dry if left too long.
what kind of paper are you talking about, my biggest problem with roasted pots is the sticking to the pan thing
must be talking about parchment paper to line pan and prevent sticking
Try using silpat liner instead of parchment paper they are reusable and oven proof.
I have a recipe that will make the best roast potatoes you have ever eaten - please try it and let me know what you think. You have my permission to include it on your site. I believe this produces a MUCH better tasting (albeit unhealthier!) and more traditional roast potato than the method you include.
King edward potatoes
Beef dripping or goose fat (the use of animal fat is imperative to get the best flavour)
Preheat oven to 180C.
Peel and cut the potaoes into roughly equal sized portions -usually thirds with king edwards.
Par boil in well salted water until just soft on the outside (about 10 mins)
Preheat your roasting dish with a lot of fat in it - enough to fill the bottom of the dish to a depth of about 5mm.
Drain the potatoes and then toss them around fairly vigourously in the pan to fluff the edges of the potatoes - this is VERY important as the fluffed edges will brown and crisp beautifully.
Add the potatoes to the hot fat and using a spoon baste them with the fat (The fat MUST be sizzling hot before you add the potatoes).
Bash up some thyme and rosemary in a pestle and mortar and sprinkle this over the potatoes along with some black pepper.
Return the pan to the oven and roast until done approx 40 mins to an hour at 180 C basting and turning every 10 to 15 mins.
I hope you enjoy!
I forgot to say - FRESH thyme and rosemary and the poatoes should be cut to about golf ball sized. And use ANIMAL FAT not veg based oils. I know its not good for you but it tastes a hell of a lot better. Also to the guy named big - try roasting your meat (duck / lamb works best as it has a high fat content)on a rack with the potatoes underneath - the fat renders and drips down onto the potatoes below and gives an unbelievable flavour. But remember to par boil the poatoes and beat them up in the saucepan first!!!!
when using fresh rosemary when should it be tossed in with potatoes? Couldn't it burn if thrown in from the beginning?
re: fresh rosemary
It should be okay to add the fresh rosemary at the beginning of the baking. Since it's covered for the first part, the rosemary will just steam and add a lot of fragrance. I don't think it will burn during the uncovered baking portion - it may dry out, which should be okay.
We like taking fresh rosemary and garlic and putting it in a container with olive oil for a few days. The oil can be used for anything, but is especially good on roasted potatoes. I'll use a garlic press and separate the rosemary from the stem if I know I'm making potatoes, or I'll simply crush the garlic with the flat of a knife and use the whole sprig of rosemary so that it is removable. Then you can spread a little oil on a slice of olive or german rye bread, top with some grated cheese and toast till the cheese is melted. Amazing.
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 pounds red-skinned new potatoes, halved lengthwise
Blend parsley, chives, rosemary, 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon peel, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in processor to coarse puree. (Pesto can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss potatoes and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in large bowl. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, cut side down, on rimmed baking sheet. Roast until potatoes are golden brown and tender, about 40 minutes. Using spatula, transfer potatoes to large bowl. Add pesto and toss to coat. Serve.
From personal experience, it is best to apply the salt and pepper before the oil, as the oil prevents the salt to be absorbed by the potatoes, thus needing more salt to get the point.
Potatoes are good with onions too. I cut 2 onions into chunks about the same size as the potato chunks and prepped and cooked them in the same way. Garlic might be overkill with the onions in there, but they're good with rosemary.
Have just tried this out for myself using the "whole unpeeled garlic cloves tossed in" method, and it was bloody marvellous :D
I have 2 main methods for baked potato and 1 stove top that I will share.
First, one trick to know if you have problems with them sticking to the pan. Initially they will stick but once they have crisped up enough they automatically release and turning is foolproof. If you try to turn them too early, you will find the crisp side will separate from the rest.... be patient.... This also applies if you are pan dry-frying (stove top with barely any oil..... see very healthy recipe below).
If you like crisp (on the outside) baked potatoes, then you should dry them with a cloth before baking and after you have roughed up the edges.
After peeling, I run the tines of a fork over the top (rounded edge of half a potato) for a crispy and fancy attractive top (can be slightly dusted with flour also if you want).
Another surface treatment is to make parallel (1cm) 1/4 inch (or deeper) deep cuts, about 1/16-1/8 inch apart across the rounded edge. Remember to dry the potatoes with a cloth after this is done.
Then add salt, pepper and any herbs or spices you like then the oil. Or put everything in a plastic bag and shake so that all surfaces are coated. Bake in hot over (500 degrees is fine) for as long as necessary until nice and brown. Turn when the bottom has released, or if top is sufficiently coated with oil (drying first guarantees this) then there is no need to turn.... both top & bottom will be crisp. I always cook with lots of whole onions & other mixed baking vegetables (pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots) so that the flavours combine. If I want to add garlic to the mix then I wash whole bulbs of garlic, slice the top off, so that most of the clove tops are exposed, drizzle with salt, pepper & oil and lay a small piece of foil over each bulb.... this makes sure that the garlic does not burn (nothing worse than burnt garlic!).
The baking can take a couple of hours. Turn the temperature down if it seems to be burning.... not likely though in the center of the oven. Of course it tastes much better if they are cooked in the same pan as the meat. Just add them to the pan at the same time as the meat..... If you want to cover everything with foil at the beginning then that is ok too.... if you want to cook at a lower temperature, it will just take longer to cook.
If the meat has a fairly quick cooking time, then of course you can par-boil the potatoes or cook (covered) in a microwave before putting in oven, but remember that you must have a dry surface (before adding oil) to get a very crisp potato. This type of baked potato is much crisper (still fluffy and soft on inside) than is typically served in the USA.... I now live in the USA and find that I am always being asked for this recipe.
The other recipe is very different and unbelievably easy and surprising mellow in flavour.
For 4 people, I take about 1/2 cup (maybe 20 cloves?) of garlic and a least a half cup of lemon juice (maybe 3/4 cup), salt pepper, & herbs of you want (but certainly not necessary), put in a blender until smooth. You could safely double this if you want!
Take whole baby potatoes, or chopped up regular baking potatoes, wedges of onions or whole small onions, and combine with garlic/lemon mixture. Put in same pan as the Meat (whole chicken breasts, chicken thighs, whole pork loin etc.). Cook covered or uncovered until meat has cooked. Take meat out and continue cooking vegetables until caramelized. Baste as often as necessary. The flavours of this are incredibly complex and it does not taste heavily of either garlic or lemon. I'm sure you could even be more generous with the garlic and lemon without any problem. It tastes like the finest French cooking!
This recipe is very different but a healthy and delicious way to get your vegetables. It is basically a combination of 2 vegetables cooked separately and then combined. The best combinations are: potato/eggplant, potato/cauliflower, potato/okra, and potato/brussel sprouts. I want to add here that I don't really enjoy any of these vegetables cooked any other way but love them prepared this way... I find others say the same thing.
You need 2 large flat bottom fry-pans. Add very little oil to each pan (maybe 1 tablespoon) and make sure that it barely coats the bottom of the pan.
In one pan you add COOKED chopped up potatoes (bite sized pieces), in the other pan you add the other vegetable.... salt and pepper both to taste. Cover this second pan with a glass lid (so you can see what is going on without lifting the lid unnecessarily.... you need the natural moisture in the vegetable to be retained). Steam this vegetable to start it's cooking. When this vegetable is just about cooked through, then remove the lid and brown it a little. Toss/turn as necessary. Note: If you prepare using eggplant, don't worry if it gets mushy. It blends well with the potato as mush anyway! If you are preparing okra, then don't cover, just cook both sides with the lid off till brown... the sticky stiff will disappear as it browns.
The potato will initially stick to the pan but when it has started to crisp up it will release automatically (especially on an aluminum or non-stick pan) allowing you to turn it as often as necessary to crisp on all sides. (As an aside note, if you are pan-frying pot-stickers/dumplings the same principal applies.)
Once both vegetables are cooked, add them together in the larger pan and sprinkle with your favourite herb/curry-powder/spice blend and toss together.... maybe a little extra salt/pepper. Our favourite spice for this is something called Sambar powder (777 brand is good) from the Indian section of the grocery store. Cover for a few minutes on low heat for the flavours of the herb/spices/browning of the vegetables to blossom and to merge.
This is a great dish to prepare as a healthy snack or as a side dish. It is the sort of dish that is great for preparing when you are on your own or for kids.... they love it.... I think they don't think of it as vegetables because it is not served the way they are used to seeing vegetables.... so simple and healthy. Best when eaten fresh from the stove..... people just seem to want to pick at it in our house. I find I rarely serve it as part of a meal.
I liked the rosemary+ garlic option for the potatoes. Thanks!
I also have another way of doing the potatoes. Cut them in half; do the same with apples and add them together to a roasted chicken (duck/goose) to the oven (375F). Then add a little water, crushed/minced garlic, marjoram and salt/pepper to taste.
Baste it once every 30 minutes or so...
To avoid the sticking problem, try a Silpat. You'll wonder why you didnt get one sooner.
I just wanted to thank you for posting this receipe up. It was the first thing I've cooked on my own, and everything came out great! Thanks again.
absolutely fabulous-wouldn't change a thing. THANKS ;)
I just made these last weekened and this method was easy and turned out some rockin' roast potatoes. I just posted my crack at it
today. Thank you!
Try it with the chicken! It is only a little more work and the roasted meat element is nice. I tried it last night with an approximately 3.7 lb. fresh chicken (and fresh is a whole different bird than brand names). I covered it for about 20 minutes at 450 F. and then kept it open at 425 F. for about another 50-60 minutes. Until the legs were loose. I wouldn't have left it any longer as fresh chicken is never "basted" or injected with anything that helps it stay juicy. You just have to know when to take it out. Also I stuffed it with some fresh herbs and a quartered yellow onion, which makes it cook a little slower. Anyway, I found my veges got done way before the chicken; which was fine really, because I used the "put the garlic cloves in whole and let them roast in their skin" technique, so I still had to mush them out and make my paste, which I had to re-toss with the veges (I added a couple carrots too for color). Note, I had significant shrinkage on the root veges, so I would suggest using twice as many as you think you will want. Don't worry, you'll eat them all.
I have never cooked potatoes with the skin on never mind the fact that tey are red. I cooked this recipe for the pastors at my church, I hope they will enjoy them because we enjoyed tasting them as i cooked them.
I tried this recipe with fingerling potatoes. Just awesome!
I made these tonight - exactly as you suggested in your post. And they were superb! Thank you for taking the time to post this recipe! It is wonderful.
I am just starting to cook for myself and I enjoyed this recipe, the pictures, and the comments made on it. Thank you!
tried it with 15min each side @500 degrees, with whole garlic clove - turned out great! thanks for the awesome recipe :)
For the roasted potatoe receipe could you add mushrooms and carrots for a roasted veggie mix? If not reccomended, could you tell me if there is such a receipe for potatoes and mushrooms....very picky eater :)
I had a friend suggest using Extra Virgin Olive Oil in place of just plain oil, which could be vegetable oil, etc. He says that it tastes much better.
I am going to give it a try. There are several variations in the comments that sound very good.
San Jose, CA
>>olive oil (extra or other . . )
basically, we're talking roasted potatoes. "mechanically" the oil protects the surfaces of the chunks so they don't get dry & leather-like.
how to "flavor up" the potatoes is the next specific of the OP - toss in garlic & allow the heat to 'cook out' any raw garlic taste.
extra virgin, infused oils, herbs of pretty much any kind, etc. - all those variants simply boost the flavor of the dish in one direction or another. there is a marked difference between rosemary and parsley 'flavor' - which way to go is up to the cook and influenced by what else is being served.
the major trick is mastering the art/technique of getting the potato cooked and crisp. undercooked = raw potato, not so good.... overcooked = mush or burnt or dried out, again, not the best aspiration.
basically I'd say "have it your way!"
it's similar to the roasting temps - I don't disagree that high temp roasting adds a bit of vegetable caramelization, which is tasty - the danger is,,,, don't walk away - high temps = less time tolerance which can = fast disasters.
if it's all quiet / leisurely in the kitchen, I'm on it. if I've got a holiday crowd houseful with thousands of things that need precise time attention, I'm prone to temps lower&slower - more time to recovery from those "ACKK!" moments. one can always crank up the temp on a slowpoke dish - but I've learned than too late turning down the temp does not make the charcoal dissolve . . .
I have made this recipe at least a dozen times and it is always amazing. The cook time for me is at least 20 minutes longer than the instructions state, but I also like them very crispy. I would go easy on the salt and pepper before putting them in the oven because the potatoes seem to absorb too much of out, literally baking right into them, thus making you double up on the salt/pepper after they come out to actually taste it. My suggestion would be to salt and pepper to taste as you mix in the garlic (last step). Happy cooking. :P