Perfect Roasted Potatoes
Roasted Potatoes with Bacon
The Best Roasted Potatoes
I know what you are thinking. Why would I need a recipe to make roasted potatoes? Well, most of us are not doing everything we could for the best tasting roasted potato. Here is where we can take a lesson from the Brits, as they seem to have perfected the technique.
The magic comes in the preparation. First you must chose a good quality, thin skinned potato such as Yukon Gold, yellow flesh, fingerling or baby potato. Wash, and gently scrub. Peel or partially peel if desired, but the thin skin roasts up nicely so they can definitely be left on. Cut them into the desired size.
Now place the potatoes in a pot and just cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, at which point you salt the water. Boil, uncovered, for 5 to 6 minutes. They will be par-boiled at this stage.
Drain the potatoes in a colander. Here comes the crucial step. Vigorously shake the colander, so the potatoes become a little roughed up. These jagged edges are the nooks and crannies where the crispy flavors will form.
Transfer the potatoes to a hot baking sheet from a preheated oven at 400F. Toss with oil, salt and pepper, and roast about 45 minutes, tossing occasionally, until golden brown. In the last 15 minutes fresh chopped rosemary, or minced garlic may be added for great flavor. Don't add it too soon or it will burn.
The ultimate roast potatoes are made using duck fat, instead of oil, but seeing as that ingredient isn't readily available in North America, a nice alternative is to roast the potatoes with bacon. Below is a recipe for Oven roast potatoes with bacon. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Roasted Potatoes with Bacon
- 4 cups potatoes, washed and cut into pieces
- 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil
- salt and pepper
- 6 slices bacon, chopped
- Place potatoes in pot and just cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then salt the water. Boil for 5 to 6 minutes. Preheat baking sheet in oven to 400F.
- Drain in a colander and vigorously shake to rough up the surface. Return to pot and add oil, salt and pepper. Shake to gently toss. Pour onto hot baking sheet. (you may use parchment paper to ease clean up). Make sure the potatoes are spread out so they will brown. Sprinkle uncooked bacon on potatoes. Put in oven, and roast for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.
What is your favorite way to eat a potato?
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As seen in the picture, this is lime marinated salmon, which is a delicious, easy way to entertain and keep fish in the diet! Store the marinade and fish separately in the fridge, and combine 30 minutes before cooking. Delicious!
- BLT Salad
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