Saturday, February 18, 2012

Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes

I grew up surrounded by food. My parents cooked. My grandmothers cooked. And I picked up baking. My brothers, they grew up in front of a computer screen. They don't like being in the kitchen unless they have to be, but even so, I think it's safe to say that the foodie-ness of the rest of the family has rubbed off on them. Just the other day when we were making tacos, I caught my younger brother reprimanding my cousin on his (lack of) cutting skills.


"If you cut like that," Kyle said, referirng to the obscenely dangerous hacking motion that Alex seemed to favour, "you're going to get the vegetables all over the place." He picked up a piece of chopped carrot that had gone astray and proceeded to show him how to tuck his fingers in properly.


I had shown Alex the same technique five minutes ago. A good effort on Kyle's part, but Alex just didn't seem to get it. I shrugged it off. He had promised not to cut any of his fingers off and as long he kept his promise, how he chopped the carrots was his business. I mean, obviously, was going to take some time.


My other brother is by no means a cook, but at least he knows how to feed himself. He can scramble eggs and fry up bacon better than I can, probably because that’s what makes up the bulk of his diet. His true specialty, however, are his Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes, a preparation which he learned from our mom.


These potatoes are taste just like fries, and the best part is that they're baked, not deep-fried. Slightly crispy on the outside, and creamy on the inside these  fries are definitely better than anything you could buy from a fast food restaurant.

Click below for the recipe.


Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients:
  • 3 medium yellow potatoes
  • a couple tablespoons olive oil
  • a generous pinch Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450F. Preheat a baking sheet for 5 minutes.

Scrub the potatoes thoroughly and then pat them dry with a teacloth. Using a peeler remove the outer skin and slice in long sticks. In a large mixing bowl, combine olive oil, potatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Remove the preheated baking sheet from the pan and turn the bowl out on the sheet. Use a spatula to arrange the potatoes in one even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, lower the heat to 425F, and bake for another 15 minutes until browned and crispy, stirring every seven minutes or so.

My brother advises to cut the potatoes and bake them immediately before they begin to release water. He also suggests to add a liberal quantity of oil to make sure all the potatoes are thoroughly coated.

9 comments:

  1. Oven fries are the best! But the skin is my favorite part! We always thought my sister didn't know how to cook, but it turns out she just never wanted to because she knew we would cook for her.

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  2. I like making fries like this too because I can eat as much as I want without feeling guilty. These lok amazing!

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  3. These are happening this evening! Just what I was looking for.

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  4. Sara{wherethecookiesare}February 19, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    We eat a lot of potatoes cooked this way. A definite favorite in our house! And it looks like your brother has his cutting technique down pat!

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  5. Hi Kyleen, these look really great - nice and golden, and tasty too! Did you ever try different things with the potatoes before cooking to see if it changed the results? When I'm making roast potatoes I always soak them in cold water for a couple of hours before placing into the hot oil in the oven - it helps to remove some of the starch I think which can have a negative effect on the final crispiness!

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  6. I love roasted potatoes- these look like they came out perfectly!

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  7. i love making my own fries too! sweet potato fries are the best! i like to slightly broil them for the last 5-10 minutes to give it the crispy texture.

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  8. Your fries look fantastic!!! There is nothing better than roasted potatoes and herbs. Such wonderful comfort food.

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