Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes with garlic are the perfect side dish! We par-boil our roasted potatoes for the perfect crunchy outside and soft inside.
I have been making potatoes this way my entire life and they are by far my favorite way to roast them.
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I’m not ashamed to say that potatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. I know, I know: potatoes are carbs and carbs are evil. BUT – dare I say that potatoes are at least a natural carb? They’re a vegetable? So they’re okay to eat?
I’ll take my potatoes any way you want to serve them: mashed, au gratin, French fries….but my favorite way to make potatoes are these oven roasted potatoes. They’re flavorful, crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside, just like potato wedges should be.
Growing up, we’d have these potatoes every time my Nana made lamb. I’m pretty sure it was the only time we’d eat them because her “lamb pan” was the best one for roasting potatoes: it was seasoned and old and dark and turned out the BEST roasted potatoes every single time.
Now, I don’t have my Nana’s lamb pan (my mom has it), but you can make delicious roasted potatoes anytime you want using this easy method.
Secret to the Perfect Roasted Potatoes
My oven roasted potatoes with garlic have a secret step that ensures they’ll be golden, crispy, and soft on the inside: par-boiling.
I’d never thought about pre-cooking potatoes before roasting them until I was in my 20s. My husband and I were visiting friends of his in London and she par-boiled the potatoes before roasting them. An additional step, sure, but it produced the BEST cooked-through potatoes. I’ve been par-boiling them ever since.
What does Par-Boil mean?
Par-boil means partially boil, that is you boil the vegetable for just a few minutes, then roast it or cook it how the recipe calls for. Why do people par-boil potatoes? I do it because it ensures that the potato will be cooked through and allows the roasting step to give the potatoes a golden and crispy outside.
How to par-boil potatoes
It’s super simple, and I’m going to show you how.
Simply slice your potatoes in the desired shape (for this recipe I cut them in wedges).
Important: make sure all your wedges are the same size for even cooking time.
Simply cover the potatoes with water in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Boil for just 2 minutes, then drain well.
Your potatoes are now par-boiled!
Then I toss my par-boiled potatoes with olive oil and herbs before I roast them:
- Granulated onion
- Italian seasoning
- Smoked Paprika (or regular paprika)
You can also use seasoning salt during that step!
Then, place the sliced potatoes in the oven. I roast them on a greased cookie sheet in a single layer.
How long do you roast potatoes in the oven?
I roast my par-boiled potatoes at 400°F for about 20-30 minutes, depending on their size. Try to remember to turn them partway through baking so they are evenly browned (unlike mine!)
Crispy oven roasted russet potatoes are the perfect side dish for any meal!
- Make sure to use a rimmed baking sheet. Grease it with oil so they don’t stick.
- Place the potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Do NOT use foil or parchment: bake the potatoes right on the baking sheet. This will help them brown!
- Don’t skip the par-boiling step. It ensures a crispy potato with a soft center!
- Mix up the herbs and spices you use but don’t skip the garlic. Garlic roasted potatoes are delicious!
- We love these with 5-minute gravy!
- Complete your meal by making pot roast with your potatoes!
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Oven Roasted Potatoes are an easy side dish – this method uses par-boiling and roasting to make the best potato wedges ever. We love this potato recipe!
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