Oven roasted garlic rosemary potatoes, a side dish after my own heart. Are you looking for the best side dishes for the Thanksgiving dinner or the best side dishes for the Christmas dinner? Well, here you have one of them. And if you want to take that Sunday roast to a whole new level, you need to follow a few, very easy steps which will guarantee a smashing success. These amazing potatoes go amazingly well with that succulent turkey or steak. Are you hungry yet? I am certainly almost drooling thinking of what a fine meal this is.
I love potatoes, and there are endless ways of cooking them at home. Potatoes have been wrongly classified as bad boys because of the reputation take-away fries have. And indeed, those are bad, very very bad for one’s health. My heart aches when I see toddlers in fast-food restaurants given fries drenched in oil and burgers made of God knows what kind of meat. If one can call that meat. I know that time is precious and it is a lot easier to have a take away and sort the tea really quickly, but I would never ever give my little one that kind of food.
Healthy habits are learnt from an early age, as later on it will be really hard to preach a healthy life style to someone who had unhealthy food as a child. And potatoes are healthy if you cook them the right way. For these potatoes, for example, I only used one tablespoon of olive oil, there is really no need for any more than that.
How to roast the best potatoes of your life
So, anyway, back to our potatoes. I was telling you about how to roast the perfect potatoes. Indeed, nothing simpler. These are English style roast potatoes, so you can imagine that the recipe is fail proof. No one loves their roasted potatoes more than English people do. The pride of having the very best side dish cannot be described in words.
First of all, pre-boil the potatoes for about 5 minutes. We do not want to boil them for any longer, otherwise they get cooked through, and that’s not what we need quite yet. After, drain the water, and really bash the potatoes together. Be rough, as those smashed edges will crisp up beautifully in the oven. Now, leave them to dry for a bit, let’s say about 5 minutes or so.
Next, get that oven hot. Really hot!!! And heat up the oil before the potatoes go in the oven. Don’t worry about smoking up the kitchen, it really helps getting those potatoes right. If the rosemary survives well in the oven, the garlic won’t, so do not peel the skin off the garlic cloves, they will burn quickly and become bitter. Just leave them witht he skin on, the flavour will be released anyway. Easy, right?
Oven roasted garlic rosemary potatoes
Once the potatoes are done, just gather the whole family together and enjoy, you are in for the best treat. Forget about the dessert, these garlic oven roasted rosemary potatoes will definitely be the star of the night. I for one would gladly have another big portion. Looking for another great potato recipe? How about this Homemade garlic potato wedges? They are awesome! Now, let’s eat!
- 500 g potatoes (1 lb)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 5 cloves of garlic
- a few sprigs of rosemary
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C (390 Fahrenheit).
Peel and cut the potatoes in big chunks, then pre boil in water with a pinch of salt for 5 minutes.
Drain the water and give the potatoes a good shake, that will help the potatoes become crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Drizzle the olive oil onto a baking tray and place in the oven for at least 3-4 minutes so that the oil can get hot.
Remove the tray from the oven, place the potatoes and give them a good shake so that they can be coated with oil.
Scatter the garlic cloves and rosemary onto the tray, and roast in the oven for one hour until golden.