Who doesn’t love roasted red potatoes? This side dish is so easy to make, in fact, you will be calling them easy roasted red potatoes in no time.
A Simple Dish Dish
I’m always looking for a simple side dish, and roasted red potatoes fit the bill perfectly. You only need a few ingredients to make these crispy potatoes – red potatoes, salt, black pepper, vegetable oil. Of course, you can make them a little extra fancy by adding something like garlic, parsley, or rosemary if you want, but it certainly isn’t required.
About Red Potatoes
If you are only familiar with large white potatoes, check out the potato section in your local grocery store and look for the distinctive red skin of red potatoes. Red potatoes are typically small to medium-sized and round or a little oblong in shape. When cooked, their texture is moist, smooth, and creamy. They are best used for roasting or mashing, or in soups and stews. Some people even boil these potatoes, let them cool and then add them to salads. Red potatoes are sometimes sold as “new potatoes,” because they’re often harvested before they have grown to full size.
The Vegetable Oil
People always ask me what type of oil to use. For this recipe, I am using canola oil. Honestly, if I’m baking something, or I’m using something with a lot of aromatic ingredients, I’m simply going to use the least expensive oil I can find. I don’t think you get great value out of using more costly extra virgin olive oil when you cook a dish. Heating extra virgin olive oil tends to cook out the wonderful flavors of the oil. So I will use vegetable oil – canola, soybean, sunflower, or whatever I have on hand.
One Useful tip for baking potatoes
The smaller you cut up the red potatoes, the less time they will take to cook. So if I’m in a hurry and need to prepare them quickly, I will cut them up smaller. So, get cooking with this easy-to-make recipe, and soon you’ll be enjoying these potatoes with your next dinner. You can also try these other roasted potato recipes.
Easy Oven Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted red potatoes are easy to make in your oven, and they taste so good.
- 2 pounds red potatoes
- 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash, and cut potatoes into quarters. Place potatoes in a bowl and coat with vegetable oil. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and a single layer. Sprinkle with salt, and black pepper if desired. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. You may want to flip the potatoes once during cooking so all sides brown evenly. If desired just before serving you can add fresh parsley.