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Perfect Roasted Potatoes

Updated on January 9, 2013
2.9 stars from 14 ratings of Oven Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes with Bacon

Chose thin skinned potatoes.
Chose thin skinned potatoes.
Cover with water and boil 5 to 6 minutes.
Cover with water and boil 5 to 6 minutes.
Drain, and vigorously shake to create rough surfaces.
Drain, and vigorously shake to create rough surfaces.
Chop the bacon
Chop the bacon
Add the bacon to the potatoes.
Add the bacon to the potatoes.
Roast until golden brown.
Roast until golden brown.
Served here with BLT and Lime marinated Salmon.
Served here with BLT and Lime marinated Salmon.

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!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves 6

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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      Siximba 2 years ago

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      Pardeep 2 years ago

      Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing reicpe, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

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      kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for your comment Just Ask Susan. I think the recipe would be delicious with sweet potatoes. I have not made the duck fat version myself, but tasted them once in a fabulous French restaurant, and they were divine. I recently saw duck fat at a grocery store, in the meat section, so I think it is becoming more mainstream.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I make my roasted potatoes with bacon sometimes and I also like making your first recipe using sweet potatoes. I would love to try doing them in duck fat. The next time I roast a duck I'll be sure to keep the fat.

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is one recipe I will never get tired of. I think I may make them this weekend!

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Awesome recipe. Potato is one of my favorite vegetable and I love eating roasted potatoes. Thanks for sharing this mouth watering recipe.

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for looking. I would love to try the duck fat roasted carrots, sweet potatoes and pumpkin. Sounds divine! Hope you all try out the bacon roasted potato recipe some time.

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      rontlog 4 years ago from England

      Great hub - I love roast potatoes.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      These look awesome Kk, who hates baked potatoes?? Btw I use duck fat to roast potatoes and can I just say it is fantastic and if you use it to bake carrots, sweet potato & pumpkin it draws out the sweetness of the vegies!!

      Great hub VUUAI & shared..cheers

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      Brenda Durham 4 years ago


      I'm a potato lover, but I've never roasted them alone like this. I've roasted them as in with a roast and other veggies, etc., but not alone.

      So, yes, this hub is very useful; I DID need a recipe! haha.

      Thanks so much; bet they'll be totally yummy this way!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      My favorite way to eat a potato is if it's cooked! I love potatoes and I agree that Yukon gold are the best. I'd also love to cook up some potatoes in duck fat, but I think your suggested bacon is a bit more practical. Pinning!

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Oh Stop! These sound and look so good I can't wait to try them! I love the idea of using duck fat!

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Lucky you to have potatoes fresh from the field! Give this method a try. You wont be disappointed!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      We always have Yukon Gold potatoes. My husband works for potato fields so we get as many as we want. Your recipe sounds so good. I will have to try always looking for way to cook potatoes. Voted up.

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Comfort food at it's best!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I just ate a plate of roast potatoes and yet reading this I want some more! lol! voted up! nell

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      kitkat1141 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for looking. It is hard to believe how important technique can be even for the simplest of recipes! Hope you give it a try. The bacon version is decadent!

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Thanks for what looks like a mouth watering recipe. Looking forward to it :o)

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      loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      I didn't know what to pick, I love potatoes almost any way that you can do them.Fried,baked boiled,roasted, you name it and I will eat them that way. This is a really good roasting idea and I am definitely going to start using it.Cooking potatoes may seem like an easy thing but doing it right/perfecting the results come with experience.