The Perfect Roasted Potato Recipe

by danielle on January 4, 2013

Potatoes and olive oil. What are your thoughts? Well a few years back my thoughts were unless it was a sweet potato and a spray of olive oil I wasn’t touching it. Not anymore. I am not a fan of labels. That’s a whole other post in itself but I just don’t label my eating. White potatoes may not be “paleo” but I love them. I try to eat foods in their most natural form. Sure sometimes I’ll have dark chocolate and could care less if it was available to our ancestors, but for the most part I try to keep my diet pretty minimally processed. It’s what works best for my body and how I currently feel the best so I’m going with it. Sorry for the rant…back to the potatoes.

So back when I was younger I hated vegetables and loved everything white and starchy. White rice, plain pasta, and potatoes were some of my favorites. Totally the opposite of what I eat now but I just enjoyed it. As I got older I realized what I thought these starchy carbs were doing to me and I nixed them. Granted I was replacing them with high fiber, high processed Fiber One cereal in mass, but little did I know I would have been better off to eat the potato. I started giving up these normal plain foods in favor of low calorie processed “diet” foods and my body went crazy! Ever since I’ve switched back to whole foods and enjoy everything in moderation my body thanks me and that’s where this recipe comes from. These potatoes are my favorite. They are the best straight out of the oven but since I’m cooking for one I’ll often make a batch for the week. These would be awesome with sweet potatoes too but remember a regular white potato is okay too! No more fearing foods. Here’s my secret recipe. It might just be the easiest thing you ever make.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 bag small potatoes of your choice
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Dice your potatoes in half.
  3. Spread your potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Mix well and spread out into one even layer.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the potatoes start to brown and crisp.
  7. Enjoy.

roasted potatoes

Fresh out of the oven!

roasted potatoes

White potato or sweet potato??? Any foods you used to fear but now love??? 

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Lucie January 4, 2013 at 9:09 am

Ah, I love these!! I do them a lot when I have guests over for a barbeque. I prefer sweet potatoes because I just love the taste so much. But I don’t mind eating a white one. My grandparents ate them all their life (it was the only carb they had in the garden) and they lived a long and healthy life!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

See perfect example! I prefer sweet potatoes for the taste too!

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Kristen@Change of Pace January 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

I like both. I think white potatoes are good for you in moderation. I like them the way you made them though. Maybe even with some rosemary. :)

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Ahh rosemary would be amazing too. and I totally agree about the moderation with them! I certainly wouldn’t have them on a daily basis :)

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kim@hungryhealthygirl January 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

The way you explain your eating from when you were a kid to now, sounds so much like me! I prefer sweet potatoes because I have a major sweet tooth, but I also really love red potatoes.

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I’m glad I wasn’t alone in my unhealthy habits in the past ;)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 4, 2013 at 12:47 pm

For sure, I’m a sweet potato fan. Actually, not just a fan . . . it’s one of my favorite foods. Strangely enough, I actually don’t really like white potatoes. My husband does, though, so he would LOVE this recipe for roasting them perfectly.

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I love Sweet potatoes too! They just have much more flavor!

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Nadja January 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Thanks for that post Danielle! People often says that white potatoes are not “healthy”, that they have “too many calories” etc… But i think you’re totally right: eating them is not bad at all if you do it with moderation (like all other types of foods)! And i love cooking them that way and i sometimes add rosemary or laurel (even more delicious).

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Yes! I’m so happy you agree. In my mind everything should be eaten in moderation and you will be just fine!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

These potatoes look awesome. Could you also roast them using coconut oil? I have just recently jumped on the band-wagon and have begun using it, so I am curious if it would work?

I cannot choose between white potatoes and sweet potatoes because I LOVE them both, but I probably eat more sweet potatoes….so I guess maybe that is my choice? ;)

Some foods that I used to fear, but now love are: tofu, mushrooms, and brussel sprouts. It is crazy to think how my food palate and cravings have changed just over the last year since I adopted a vegetarian and healthier diet!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Coconut oil would work it might just add a different flavor. Have you ever tried roasting sweet potatoes with coconut oil? It’s amazing!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I have not, but that sounds amazing!!

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danielle January 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Thanks so much Hannah!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 4, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I love both white potatoes and sweet potatoes! I honestly don’t understand white potatoes’ bad reputation because they’re really healthy as long as you don’t fry them or mash them with lots of cream and butter. My favourite way to prepare them is roasted just like this! :D

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Yes I’m glad you agree! I love them both too!

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Linz @ Itz Linz January 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Sweet potato! But I LOVE all potatoes – they seriously may be one of my favorite foods because there are so many ways to make em!!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I agree they’re so versatile!

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Kierston January 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

So simple and so delish…the best way to enjoy potatoes :)

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset January 4, 2013 at 3:06 pm

These look rather perfect Danielle, I am agreeing with your title ;) I do like sweet potatoes more but old fashioned white ones roasted like this are so darn delicious sometimes too! Nice to change it up. And yep, I sure did used to fear potatoes and carbs like that (errr any carb!), so glad to be over that! Always loving your recipes sweet girl

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Thanks so much Tessa! So nice to read your blog today :)

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Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I love roasted sweet potatoes!!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Me too! With coconut oil and cinnamon they’re awesome!

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Lisa January 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

I’m not a huge white potato fan, but I love sweet potatoes. I think white potatoes taste a little plain. Kind of weird, maybe I just don’t eat them in the right way;)

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Not weird! I love the flavor of sweet potatoes so much more too!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. January 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Oh the poor white potato… it makes me sad to see them get such a bad rap! I gave them up for a while in favor of the sweet, orange kind but every now and then I get a craving for some roasted potatoes and I see nothing wrong with honoring that. Have you ever tried sprinkling them with crushed rosemary? Omigosh they’re amazing.

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I totally agree. They have such a bad reputation! I’ve never tried them with rosemary. I’m going to have to try that!

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Jess @ JessieBearWhatWillYouWear January 4, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I love both regular potatoes and sweet, but I definitely think I eat the sweet ones more. Also, I’m glad you posted this recipe, even if it is super simple, because your potatoes always look so much better than mine lol. I’ll have to try them this way.

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Yes definitely try them this way. I love them!

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Caitlin January 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

these look dreamy! i am IN LOVE with white potatoes. i’m proud to say that even at the worst point in my ED, i still ate white potatoes because i just love them so very much. i like sweet potatoes but white are my #1, baked is my fave way to eat them and my favorite restaurant has the BEST baked potatoes with EVOO and sea salt on the skins! i love little roasted potatoes like these though too, mmm. now i’m craving a potato!

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danielle January 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

That is awesome you never gave them up. I like sweet potatoes the best too, but I love either of them!

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Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 4, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Mmmm I like both but there’s nothing like roasted white potatoes for me!

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corrie anne January 5, 2013 at 2:24 am

Sweet potatoes!! :) I actually used to be afraid of them because I hated them in holiday-type casseroles. Gross!! But I like them roasted. I also used to be scared of avocado! What’s my problem? They are two of my faves now!

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danielle January 5, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I was scared of those two also! I stayed away from fat and carbs for way too long!

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