A simple side dish! What is in a simple side dish? You tell me? Am I blah-blah-blahing again! Wait! That’s not a word. Just made it up! LOL. Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary Leaves was one of the dishes we ate at Natacha’s end of Summer Cookout. Like as I said before, this is just a simple dish. And it was delish!
For one reason or another, a dish of potatoes is always included in gatherings. I guess maybe because it is both common and versatile that is why it is always included. Do you know that potatoes are available year-round because they are harvested somewhere every month of the year. Because it is considered a comfort food, having a dish of potatoes whether mashed, baked or roasted is always recommended for family dinners, small and large gatherings. Do you also know that potatoes do not need much to taste good? The right amount of salt and pepper is sometime sufficient for a roasted potatoes dish for example. If you want to be fancy like I did add some fresh rosemary leaves.
By the way don’t be quick at buying any types of potatoes. There are so many varieties that it is not possible to learn all of them unless you are a fanatic of potatoes which I doubt. LOL. Some potatoes roast better than others. With this dish, red potatoes were selected. Red potatoes are small to medium in size. They are usually round or slightly oblong with smooth, thin red skin and white flesh. Because red potatoes flesh stays firm while roasting, it is the preferred choice for this wonderful dish.
Did I say how simple this dish was? Well it is, again. What I like to do it to try it with different types of salt. I know what you are about to say. Salt is salt! Well as many may say no and many may say yes, my answer will always negative. All types of salts do not taste the same. One of the best and common salt to use with roasted potatoes is sea salt. I like using sea salt because it brings out the earthiness of the potatoes. It becomes one with the fresh rosemary leaves to give you that mouthwatering taste you crave for when you are in the mood for starch.
Don’t you feel like roasting potatoes by now? If so what are you waiting for? All you need is red potatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, fresh rosemary leaves and olive oil.
- 2 pounds medium to small-unpeeled red potatoes cut into wedges
- 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 – 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
- ½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat potatoes. Spread out potatoes in a single layer on a large baking sheet or a large baking dish. Roast, stirring once halfway through, until the potatoes are golden brown and crisp outside and tender. Cooking time is about 30 – 35 minutes.