Roasted Potatoes Made Easy: Your New Favorite Side Dish

Woman preparing fresh, raw and chopped potatoes on a baking sheet for making roasted potatoes

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Let’s chat about something everyone loves: crispy roasted potatoes. While French fries are the undisputed king of comfort food, there’s a way to enjoy that same crispy goodness without the guilt—roasted potatoes. Not only are they a healthier alternative, but they’re also super easy to make at home. Let’s dive into some tips and tricks to get those perfect, crispy roasted potatoes.

The Perfect Roast: Tips for Crispy Potatoes

1. Choose the Right Potato

First things first, picking the right type of potato is crucial. Russets are your best bet for a fluffy interior and a crispy exterior, but Yukon Golds are also a great choice if you want something a bit creamier.

2. Cut 'Em Right

Uniformity is key. Cut your potatoes into even pieces—this ensures they cook at the same rate. Typically, cutting them into 1-inch cubes works well for even cooking and maximum surface area for crispiness.

3. Soak and Dry

Soaking your potatoes in cold water for at least 30 minutes before roasting can help remove some of the starch, which is a secret to getting them extra crispy. After soaking, make sure to dry them thoroughly with a kitchen towel or paper towels. Excess moisture is the enemy of crispiness!

4. Preheat Your Baking Sheet

While your oven preheats to 425°F (220°C), place your baking sheet inside. This preheating step gives the potatoes a head start on crisping up as soon as they hit the hot surface.

5. Don’t Skimp on the Oil

Toss your dried potatoes in a good amount of oil—olive oil works great, but you can also use avocado oil for a higher smoke point. Make sure every piece is well-coated.

6. Season Generously

Salt is a must, but don’t stop there. Add pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or even some rosemary or thyme for extra flavor. Season before roasting for the best results.

7. Spread Them Out

Give your potatoes space to breathe! Spread them out in a single layer on your preheated baking sheet. Overcrowding leads to steaming instead of roasting, and we’re aiming for crispy here.

8. Flip Halfway Through

Roast your potatoes for about 20-25 minutes, then give them a good flip. This ensures they cook evenly and get crispy all over. They’ll likely need another 15-20 minutes after flipping.

Roasted potatoes are versatile, easy to make, and can be dressed up in so many ways. They’re the perfect side dish for any meal or even a tasty snack on their own. Give these tips a try, and I promise you’ll never look at potatoes the same way again. Happy roasting!

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