Oven roasted potatoes with garlic, rosemary and lemon

FOR SOMEONE WHO TOLD ME THREE TIMES she doesn’t like potatoes, Phoebe sure ended up eating a lot of them last night! In fact, she had three helpings. They were toddler-size but still, nine potatoes later, it was quite a night for spuds. Even Estelle managed to mow down two big wedges herself, quite a feat when you only have two teeth. Note to self: make these more often.

Other than the potassium boost, the best thing about these potatoes is how easy they are. Slice, slather with olive oil, minced garlic and fresh rosemary plus salt and pepper. Then mix the whole thing together right on the baking sheet before arranging side by side (but not overlapping). Another great thing about this dish: even the littlest assistants can help with everything. Roast at 425 for about 35 minutes, flipping once along the way. Sprinkle adults’ portions with a pinch of extra salt but serve the kids as-is. And for an extra jolt of fresh flavor all around, try something that Italian restaurants do, squeeze fresh lemon juice right on top. They do this for steak too and both are delicious.

Now about the herbs. I actually make roasted potatoes often but don’t usually add rosemary or garlic because I was worried about overwhelming the little guys with flavor. That’s what makes this funny: last night was the only time either of them have devoured the potatoes in front of them, much less asked for more. Lesson learned. Everyone loves great flavor, all the better for gumming.



  1. Jennifer says

    Why the parchment? Does it brown them differently from the straight pan? (We roast potatoes like this a lot, but never thought to use the liner.)

  2. Tiffany says

    Is it required to use fresh rosemary and garlic? Can i use dried herbs for this or would they burn? also, do you generally peel your potatoes first or just wash them really good? thanks! my daughter loves potatoes but i’m not a big fan. will try this out.

    • charityc says

      Hi Tiffany! No, you don’t have to peel the potatoes or use fresh herbs but I think a yellow/gold potato with thin skin works best (not a baking potato). We lived in Italy when I wrote this post and they don’t have Russet potatoes there, which was tricky for me initially then I learned to love yellow/gold potatoes.

      I think the best way to avoid burning is to pile everything up on the baking sheet before you put it in the oven: the potatoes, the oil, the herbs, salt and pepper. Mix it all together with your hands, try to get most of it on the potatoes instead of the pan, then spread it out and throw in the oven. Flip once along the way and you’ll also get more evenly cooked potatoes. We LOVE these and eat them all the time.


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