Thin and crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside and packed with so much flavor you'll think you've died and gone to foodie heaven: these easy roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary are the best in the world - easily! Make them for Thanksgiving, make them for Christmas or make them right now because that's what I'm doing and my entire house smells amazing!
These easy roasted potatoes are one of my most popular recipes - on the blog and in real life! It's been a few years since I originally posted the recipe, so I decided an update was in order. Over the past 2 years, I've learned a lot about cooking (not to mention blogging and food photography!) so I thought you deserved a new and improved recipe, along with sparkly new photos which show you just how awesome this winter side dish really is.
My boyfriend adores these easy roasted potatoes, my dad is convinced he invented the recipe himself and my mother-in-law loves them, too. Not because she thinks they're delicious. But because every time I serve them, she gets to tell me how much better hers are than mine. Isn't family great?
Anyway, to get on my boyfriend's good side (I need him to help me clean the house on Sunday!) and to get on my MIL's good side (she arrives tomorrow to stay with us for 10 days -scream!-) I'm making these potatoes right now. The entire house is full of a delicious smell that 100% reminds me of Christmas. I love trying out new herbs with roasted potatoes, but at Christmastime, it's just got to be garlic and rosemary. End of.
In the original easy roasted potatoes recipe I posted, I suggested chopping the garlic into large chunks and cooking it with the potatoes that way. The garlic would always burn in the hot oven, so you'd have to scoop it out half way through to avoid a gross bitter taste. But not any more!
Now, instead of chopping up the garlic. Simply peel the white outer skin off, leave the purple skin in tact and toss the whole cloves in the baking dish with the potatoes. This saves some serious prep time and messy fingers while still imbuing the potatoes with the sweet garlic flavor everyone goes mad for. Plus, you end up with whole cloves of roasted garlic, a.k.a. the best thing in the world.
As is always the case with my recipes, these easy roasted potatoes are healthy! Well, healthier than ordinary roasted potatoes anyway. Everyone always says that the best fat in which to roast potatoes is duck fat, but I don't agree. I've made my own duck fat roasted potatoes and they just tasted fatty and greasy. Even my french fry-loving boyfriend agreed.
In my opinion, the best fat for making roasted potatoes is olive oil. Which is totally awesome because olive oil is one of the healthiest oils there is. A small drizzle of olive oil has got so much flavor that when you combine it with the rosemary, garlic, onion and salt it really is like a flavor explosion in your mouth. But in a good way. Not like the biting into an over-boiled disgusting brussels sprout way.
If you really want to know how amazing these easy roasted potatoes are, make them! But while you're waiting for the water to boil, know this: these potatoes are the only ones we serve in the Happy Healthy Motivated household on Christmas Day. Seriously. No mashed potatoes, duchess potatoes, hasselback potatoes or scalloped potatoes. These easy roasted potatoes are honestly so amazing that I just make a huge batch of them and happily watch as everyone devours them before even touching the meat.
Need some more inspiration as to what to serve with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Try this lightened-up brussels sprouts gratin recipe.
What type of potatoes do you always serve for Thanksgiving or Christmas in your house?
- 4 medium potatoes with skin on
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 cloves garlic with skin on
- Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil over a high heat. Scrub each of the potatoes until they're clean and use a sharp knife to cut them into quarters.
- Add the potatoes into the boiling water and turn the heat down slightly. Leave the potatoes to cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until they're soft enough for you to easily insert a knife into the center. While the potatoes are cooking, preheat the oven to 400F / 200C .
- When the potatoes are cooked, drain off the water and turn off the heat. Return the pan to the stove for a final 30 seconds, shaking the pan constantly so the outsides of the potatoes dry and fluff up. This is what will help them absorb all the delicious flavor when roasting.
- Tip the potatoes into a large-oven proof dish and drizzle with the olive oil. Sprinkle over the rosemary, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Use your hands to turn the potatoes over, making sure they're all evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
- Nestle the whole garlic cloves in between the potatoes and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
What an easy and delicious food at the same time. Yum! <3
Mmmmm those look SO good!
These look like an easy and delicious addition to any baked dinner! Thanks for sharing on Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday 🙂
That looks like a great recipe for serving potatoes!
Popping in from Tickle my Tastebuds. Your potatoes look and sound absolutely delicious!
Sarah @ Sarah's Kitchen
I love this kind of potatoes! 😀 they looks so so delicious!
These look so delicious!
Laura@Baking in Pyjamas
These look so good, perfect for a holiday dinner. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!
Krista @the happy housie
Um, YUM!! This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing it with us at Work it Wednesday- I'm featuring it tomorrow!
OMG! These look amazing!! I am definitely going to be making these! Garlic and Potatoes are my weakness!!
Thanks so much, Kaitlyn! They're my favourite 🙂
Love roasted potatoes - especially when they're covered in garlic and butter. They just don't get any better than that!
I couldn't agree with you any more, Sarah!
This is going in my Sunday meal planner thanks for sharing on Create It Thursday!
Thanks so much, Heather! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do 🙂
Linda at Mixed Kreations
Potatoes are one of my favorites, and these look delicious. Pinning to try later! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Linda! Hope you enjoy them as much as we always do 🙂
Your recipe was featured on Full Plate Thursday. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and enjoy your new Red Plate!
Thank you so much for the feature, Helen! I hope you have an amazing Christmas 🙂
Tina Jui | The Worktop
Yum! I love roasted potatoes!
Me too, Tina! 🙂
I can almost taste it..! I love garlic and rosemary on potatoes with a squeeze of lemon. Thanks
Oooh lemon! I'll have to try that addition myself!
Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor
I absolutely LOVE rosemary this time of year! There's something about it that's so comforting and reminds me of fall!
I know exactly what you mean, Taylor!
Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish
This sounds like the perfect side dish!
Thanks so much, Suzy!
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
They look really good. I adore roasted potatoes, they always please everyone!
Totally agree with you there, Helen!
Perfect recipe to use instead of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving! I love rosemary and garlic with roasted spuds!
Thanks, guys! Glad you love my favourite flavour combo, too!
I have never seen it done with the garlic still in the skin. Will have to try it next time.
Leaving the skin on the garlic adds a really subtle garlic flavor and then you get tiny bites of sweet roasted garlic afterward. Yum!
Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery
Love all that texture in the pictures from the rosemary! They look so crispy.
They really are Julie! People say you should always use lard to make awesome roasted potatoes - but olive oil works just as well. 🙂
April J Harris
Love the story about your mother-in-law, although her roast potatoes must be pretty amazing to be more delicious than these! Your Easy Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary look so tasty - love the combination of herbs and spices you have used.
Thanks so much for your kind words, April! It's more of a case of: whatever I can do, she can do better 😀
Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry
You can see all the flavour in the coating. These would be fabulous served with roast chicken.
That sounds amazing, Bintu! Definitely going to be serving these the next time we have roast chicken!