This seasoned roasted potatoes dish was a staple in our house growning up. We’d fight over who got seconds. Easy, quick and delicious potato side dish.The other day my sister found some of my mother’s notes in an old cookbook. She took a picture of it and sent a text to my brothers and sister and myself. We reminisced (via text) of all the good Middle Eastern Food she made. My mom was an excellent cook. She wasn’t even Middle Eastern but she could cook all of my dad’s favorite dishes. Today I was thinking about all the dishes she used to make for dinner every night, like these simple roasted potatoes. She made them often and we always loved it so I thought I’d try them out on my family and they were a hit!
This is an important step. You have to place your cut potatoes in cold water for at least an hour and can even do this over night in the refrigerator. This keep the potatoes from turning brown and removes some of the excess starch so your potatoes will get nice and crispy. Try to cut the potatoes into the same size pieces so they cook evenly.
After they have soaked, drain and dry them off with a towel. Put them in a bowl and add your oil and spices. I like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and salt and pepper. You could use any blend you like but I find this is the most tasty. Especially with the grated cheese. Use your hands and mix well.
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or a little more olive oil and then spread your potatoes on it evenly. You don’t want to crowd the pan…give them space so they can cook evenly. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes or until crisp.
Seasoned Roasted Potatoes
And this is your final product. Crispy, tasty delicious potatoes. My mother made these often with meatloaf (which we are having tonight) or with a marinated flank steak (recipe to come). Hope you enjoy this simple side dish because it packs a lot of flavor.
- 6-8 small potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2-3 tablespoons grated cheese
- Cut potatoes in even slices and soak in a bowl of cold water for at least 1 hour. Longer if you want.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drain potatoes and dry well. Put in a bowl and mix with olive oil and spices but not the grated cheese just yet.
- Spray a cookie sheet or use additional olive oil and spread potatoes evenly in the pan. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until potatoes are browned.