An easy, simple roasted potatoes recipe, perfect for every time of the day. Also, this is an excellent alternative to mashed potatoes during holidays.
I grew up with lots of potatoes back in Romania, where food was scarce during communism. Potatoes were a staple for the long months of winter and never enough.
We learned how to cook them in a million ways and never got tired of them. I also grew up having a lot of respect for them as they kept us alive for many years.
I remember my parents buying around 150 kg(330 pounds of potatoes) in October every year. The potatoes were supposed to last until the end of March.
We could not find them during the winter, so my parents had to buy them while they were still available. Everybody was doing the same thing.
We lived in an apartment in Bucharest, and the balcony was always a storage place for winter.
My parents used to keep the sacks of potatoes in wooden boxes covered with old blankets, so they don’t freeze. Besides the potatoes, we always stored carrots in boxes full of sand.
My mom used to buy lots of vegetables and fruits from the farmer’s market over the summer and canned them for winter. We had sauerkraut in a barrel and apples wrapped in newspapers. In the ’80s, the lack of food was the worst, and we had to prepare during the entire warm season.
We could not find any food in the stores, but the farmer’s markets were abundant during the summer and saved us every year from starving in the winter.
Everything was canned and stored for the cold months, and nothing was wasted or thrown away.
Now that I live in the United States and food is easy to find, I try to eat fewer potatoes and more of the other vegetables. However, I still cook them once in a while, as potatoes were always considered comfort food and an essential item on the table in my culture.
There is nothing easier than this roasted potatoes recipe, and you can make them any time of the year for any meal.
You can cook them for breakfast and call them breakfast potatoes, or for lunch /dinner and call them roasted potatoes.
No matter when you eat them, they are delicious, comforting, and easy to put on the table.
How to make these roasted potatoes:
Preheat the oven to 400F. Brush and clean your potatoes. If you use organic ones, do not peel them, but please remove the skin if you use conventional ones, as the skin holds all the pesticides.
Cut them into small bite-size if they are bigger. If you use the small, new ones, let them be the size they are.
Spread the potatoes on a baking tray in one layer and toss them with oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder.
Bake them at 400F for 45mins to an hour until they roast and get crispy.
Serve them warm for breakfast with eggs and bacon, for lunch or dinner with your favorite meat and a salad.
This is a great option instead of the regular mashed potatoes during the holidays.
Enjoy ! They are delicious and easy to make, so easy that you do not have any excuse not to!
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- 2 pounds red or white potatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon thyme
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil to coat them
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Prepare the potatoes:
- Brush and clean your potatoes. If you use organic ones, you do not need to peel them. Cut them in small bite-sizes if they are bigger; if you use the small, new ones, don't cut them.
- How to roast them:
- Spread the potatoes on a baking tray in one layer and toss them with oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder.
- Bake them at 400F for 45mins to an hour until they roast and get crispy.
- How to serve them:
- Serve them warm for breakfast with eggs and bacon, for lunch or dinner with your favorite meat and a salad.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 368mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g