No amazing dinner is complete without potatoes! Tender, crispy Baked Parmesan Red Potatoes are the answer to what side dish to make tonight!
Why We Love Baked Parmesan Red Potatoes
- Garlicky, tender on the inside with a crispy parmesan outside, there’s too much to love about these crave-able potatoes!
- Oven roasted red potatoes are the perfect side dish to just about any meal you can think of – steak, chicken, pork, or seasoned tofu.
- Once the potatoes are in the oven roasting, you can focus on the rest of the meal because these potatoes don’t need a lot of attention.
- This recipe is ready in under an hour but most of that is baking time. It’s a good dish for weeknight meals and gives you time to focus on the other parts of the meal while the potatoes roast.
Ingredients You’ll Need to Make this Roasted Potatoes Recipe
POTATOES: For this recipe, you will need a few pounds of red potatoes. Using baby red potatoes will reduce the time it takes to cut them cut. Large red potatoes will need to be quartered or cut into 1-inch pieces… hence more cutting. You can also substitute baby Yukon golds or other baby potatoes. The cook time will be the same.
STARCH: To get a good coating on the potatoes you will need some type of starch. This can be cornstarch, potato starch, or tapioca starch. If you pick tapioca starch, just make sure it is starch and not tapioca flour, which is more coarse.
PARMESAN: Freshly grated parmesan cheese works best for this recipe, not only because of its taste but also in the way that it melts. You can also use pre-shredded parmesan, but freshly grated melts better.
PRODUCE: You will need a few cloves of garlic and if you would like to garnish the dish when it is done then pick up some Italian parsley too.
SEASONINGS: You will need salt, pepper, dried oregano, and garlic powder.
OIL: To coat the potatoes you will need olive oil or avocado oil.
How to Make Baked Red PotatoesJump to Recipe
STEP 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a large pot or stock pot, bring water to a boil and then add the potatoes. Boil until fork tender, about 6-9 minutes.
STEP 2 While the potatoes are boiling, mix the oil, parmesan, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, and garlic powder in a small bowl and set aside.
STEP 3 Once the potatoes are done, slice them in half and then add them to a resealable bag or large bowl. Add the starch to the bag, seal, and shake to coat the potatoes.
STEP 4 Add the parmesan mixture to the bag, seal, and shake again.
STEP 5 On a large baking sheet covered with parchment paper, spread the potatoes out evenly. You don’t want them overcrowded. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Then take the potatoes out of the oven, garnish with parsley and serve warm with your favorite meal.
Tips & Tricks
- When boiling the potatoes, make sure they are fork-tender before moving on to coating them. If you cut into a potato and it’s too firm or the middle is a different color than the outer potato, pop it back in the pot to boil a little more. No one likes hard potatoes. You want to make sure they all have the same texture once they are finished roasting.
- You can freshly grate the parmesan cheese or choose pre-shredded parmesan, but not the shelf-stable parmesan found by the spaghetti sauce at the store. It won’t melt and give your potatoes that same parmesan flavor.
- Using a resealable bag to shake everything in is a really easy way to mix and coat the potatoes evenly, plus it makes clean-up a breeze!
- Flip the potatoes halfway through the cooking time to ensure maximum crispiness. Just be careful not to flip them roughly, which can cause the coating to tear off the potatoes.
Baked Red Potatoes Recipe FAQ
How long do you roast red potatoes for?
Roasting red potatoes is quicker than roasting Russet potatoes, due to their size. Roasting whole baby red potatoes typically take about 45 minutes and roasting diced or halved red potatoes will take about 10 minutes less. Once they are finished roasting they will be tender and can then easily be smashed or simply cut with a fork to enjoy.
Are red potatoes good for roasting?
Red potatoes, whether full-sized or baby, are wonderful to roast! For Baked Parmesan Red Potatoes both baby red potatoes and baby Yukon Gold or yellow potatoes are great to use, both for their taste and similar cooking time. These potatoes will all give you tender potatoes that you can use in a variety of ways.
Do you have to boil potatoes before you roast them?
Boiling potatoes ahead of time will actually depend on what recipe you are making. If you are making smashed baby potatoes or simple roasted potatoes then no, they do not have to be boiled ahead of time because you want them to be soft.
For recipes where you want a crispy outside then yes, you will need to boil before roasting. Boiling the potatoes first will soften the potatoes and allow them to meld with the spices in the oven but more importantly, the parmesan cheese will cook perfectly, rather than burning because it was in the oven too long, waiting for the potatoes to roast!
Other Recipes You May like
- Oven Baked Potatoes
- Homemade Hash Browns
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
- Pesto Mashed Potatoes
Baked Parmesan Red Potatoes
- 3 pounds baby red potatoes
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch (or potato or tapioca starch)
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup olive oil or avocado oil
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Italian parsley finely chopped, for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the potatoes and cook for 6-9 minutes – you only want to parboil them. (You can test for doneness by checking that the center is no longer hard and the potato's color is even.)
- While the potatoes cook, mince the garlic. In a small bowl, stir together the parmesan, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and dried oregano.
- Drain the potatoes and let them sit in the colander until just cool enough to handle. Then cut the potatoes in half and add them to a gallon-size food storage bag or a large bowl.
- Add the cornstarch to the potatoes, close the bag and shake to coat them (or stir in the bowl until coated). Pour the parmesan mixture into the bag and shake to coat again.
- Spread the potatoes out on the prepared baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through the cooking time
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and top with chopped parsley if desired. Serve warm.
- You can store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- To reheat the potatoes, pop them into the microwave for a couple of minutes, or air fry them at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes until crispy.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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