Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Yesterday was my husband's birthday, and when I asked what he wanted for dinner, he requested roasted fingerling potatoes, steak with herb butter, and apple crostata.  

My favorite fingerling potatoes have always been the Russian Banana variety, which I purchase at Whole Foods or The Fresh Market.  

When I am roasting fingerling potatoes or small round potatoes, I cut them in half and roast them face down, never turning them.  

I used to just season them with kosher salt, but lately, I have been adding some fresh rosemary and coarse ground black pepper as well.  

You know the potatoes are ready to serve when you turn them over, and they are beautifully browned and crispy.  

No matter what seasoning I put on them, my girls always love dipping their potatoes in ketchup.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes


3 lbs organic fingerling potatoes - washed & scrubbed
3 T olive oil + additional oil for baking sheets
3 sprigs of rosemary - needles removed & chopped
Kosher or sea salt - to taste
Coarse ground black pepper - to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Rub a light coating of oil on two baking sheets.

Cut the fingerling potatoes in half lengthwise, then toss them with the olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Lay the potatoes face down on the baking sheet, and roast them for about 25 minutes, until they are a little crispy and golden brown when turned over.  Check the seasoning, and add more salt and pepper if needed.
Serves 6 to 8

Recipe Notes

 My rule of thumb for roasting potatoes is to use 1 tablespoon of olive oil per pound of potatoes.  I used one large baking sheet and one smaller one so I was able to fit them both on the same shelf  in the middle of my oven.  If you only have two large baking sheets that won't fit on the same shelf of your oven, rotate them after about 15 minutes.

This recipe would work with very small round potatoes as well.  When I am roasting larger potatoes, I cut them into cubes, and roast them for 30 to 35 minutes on 425, turning them at least twice.