Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes

March 14, 2017
Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes - Crispy, buttery and aromatic with fresh herbs, these potatoes are the perfect partner for everything from holiday turkeys to grilled meats and roasted fish

“Half the cookbooks tell you how to cook the food and the other half tell you how to avoid eating it”     ~ Andy Rooney

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True confessions:  I didn't live very well this past week

Second confession:  I have a plan

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Here’s the thing

In past lives, when the week was getting the better of me, or when I could tell I was starting to slip; my mind added to my woes by asking myself why.  Why didn't I take a nap after long nights of on-call?  Why didn't I handle that situation with grace?  Why did it take me so long to write that paper?

Why in the world am I not able to reverse course?

But I've since grown up (a bit), and I've learned to recognize that the whys matter not

Instead, here we are.  What am I going to do about it?

Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes - Crispy, buttery and aromatic with fresh herbs, these potatoes are the perfect partner for everything from holiday turkeys to grilled meats and roasted fish

And so, another week begins anew.  The shifting of a small habit.  Starting anew.  Trying again, falling down, trying again and again and again

Today I scheduled some time away from the office and began filling spots on the calendar with little bits of pampering that will help heal the soul.  I contemplated the get-away my husband has been urging me to take (ps: I'm thinking about getting on a train and riding until someplace sounds interesting enough to stay in for a couple of nights).  This afternoon, a walk in the snow with the puppies.

Tonight I cooked a complete meal for the first time in a week

We plate our food and turn on some music.  I can’t help but bring out the cloth napkins, the prettier tableware.  It’s only Monday, no special occasion.  This is no cause for celebration, this everyday dinner, but then again, it's very much cause for celebration

Care.  I’m taking it

Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes - Crispy, buttery and aromatic with fresh herbs, these potatoes are the perfect partner for everything from holiday turkeys to grilled meats and roasted fish

If you're like me and are ready to add some spark back into your healthy eating habits, you'll need some new pages to turn along with it.  I thought it might be fun to share a few of the newer cookbooks stacked on our coffee table

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook | America's Test Kitchen – Make sure to stock up on olive oil at Costco if you're planning to cook your way through this one.  Leave it to America's Test Kitchen for great recipes, step-by-step photos, and helpful guides throughout.  I was especially appreciative of the veggie cooking time tip sheet and the two-page guide for buying fish



Naturally Nourished | Sarah Britton – The My New Roots author and blogger created this everyday cookbook, noting that all of the ingredients can be found at a discount grocery store.  Her recipes (as always) are beautiful, trustworthy, and healthy




A New Way to Bake | Martha Stewart Living – If Martha wants to put beets in her chocolate cake and granola in the pie crust, who are we to question?  The healthier swaps don't mean we have to sacrifice flavor




Clean Soups | Rebecca Katz – As Hawthorn University grad, I've followed her work for a long time. In her latest cookbook, she shows us how to use wholesome stocks and soups to naturally detox and stay energized all year-long. It's amazing how one simple bowl can make a huge difference in the way we feel



The Yoga Kitchen | Kimberly Parsons –  Using superfood-laced chocolate bars to align my chakras reminds me of Dana James.  The author hosts yoga retreats and owns a health food cafe in London and brings us great recipes like sweet potato scones and herb-specked crispy quinoa burgers




The First Mess | Laura Wright – From the creator of the blog by the same name. Start spring off fresh with 125 recipes (all vegan) like chile basil lime tofu bowls, and her colorful “Thai-ish” cabbage slaw.  She says the cookbook “is at the intersection of healthy, elegant, earth and seasonal”




One Part Plant | Jessica Murnane – A wellness advocate and podcaster who's on a mission to have everyone start by eating one plant-based meal a day.




Skinny Taste Fast and Slow | Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones – Gina, creator of the blog by the same name, shares 140 recipes that are nutritious, flavor-filled and easy enough for weeknights.  A great mix of slow-cooker or on the stovetop.  The flourless chocolate brownie in the slow-cooker is high on my need-to-try list!



Celebrations | by Danielle Walker – The 125 recipes, organized by occasion (Christmas, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day), make it possible for anyone following a grain-free diet to enjoy traditional dishes (and they’re so tasty, even those not following such a diet will enjoy them)



Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes - Crispy, buttery and aromatic with fresh herbs, these potatoes are the perfect partner for everything from holiday turkeys to grilled meats and roasted fish

I've been participating as part of the  Iowa Food and Family Project‘s blogger team in this year's annual Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge

My progress report after week 7?

Total minutes of activity this week = 565    and Overall = 3655   (a combination of walking, kickboxing, yoga, resistance class, and weight lifting)

Total pounds lost this week = 0  and Overall = 12.3

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Tonight crispy herbed roasted potatoes were on the menu

Who would have thought a few simple ingredients could produce a dish with such amazing flavor?

Thinly sliced potatoes nestled in a pan, along with melted butter and herbs.  After an hour in the oven, they become crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, aromatic, and beautifully golden underneath

They make the perfect partner for everything from the holiday turkey to grilled meats and roasted fish.  I image they would also be great for brunch with eggs and bacon

Warning:  there's a good chance they won't even make it to the table as you'll find yourself nibbling slivers straight from the pan

A couple of notes about the recipe:

Four pounds of potatoes may sound like a lot, but they'll cook down (I used a 10″ cast iron skillet)

While I haven't tried, I think you could get by with less butter.  There was quite a bit in the bottom of the skillet when I took them out of the oven



ps:  I'm participating as part of the  Iowa Food and Family Project‘s blogger team in this year's annual Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Challenge. More stories from the Challenge can be found here 

~ Adapted from Williams and Sonoma

Crispy Herbed Roasted Potatoes


  • 4 lbs yukon gold potatoes
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 ½ Tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • fine-grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 375°F
  • Brush the bottom of an 8x8" (or equivalent) baking dish with 2 Tbsp of the melted butter.
  • Using a sharp knife or a mandoline, thinly slice the potatoes.
  • Arrange the potato slices vertically but at a slight angle in a circular pattern in the dish, filling it completely.
  • In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add garlic, rosemary, thyme, a pinch of sea salt and a grind of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Simmer for 1-2 minutes
  • Drizzled the herbed butter over the potatoes
  • Roast until the top edges of the potatoes are crispy (about 1 hour)
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Serves: 6
Nutrition + Show
Calories 303
Total Fat 15.3g
Saturated Fat 9.6g
Carbohydrates 40g
Fiber 3.2g
Sugars 1.6g
Protein 4.8g
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  • Reply Jennifer L March 14, 2017 at 2:13 am

    5 stars
    Oh wow these roasted potatoes look so good. I am literally salivating on all the amazing dishes you have on your blog.

  • Reply Megan Ogden March 14, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Ugh, potatoes are my weakness! These look Uhhmazing!!!!

  • Reply Roger Willis March 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

    5 stars
    Potatoes tend to be a staple in our dinners! We have tried different recipes, and this
    by far has been one of the most delicious-looking, and easy to prepare recipes! I’m going
    to throw this idea out to my wife for a possible side dish this coming weekend!

  • Reply Joely Smith March 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    5 stars
    Never give up right? We all get off track. What we do after that is what matters! Those potatoes look AMAZING and I love rosemary! Your potatoes are picture perfect and what an appetizing photo that is! I would LOVE to go on a train ride! If I ever had the chance I would be all over that! Go for it!

  • Reply Ayesha March 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    5 stars
    I love potatoes in any form.. i can eat them forever! I would be trying out this recipe for sure. And it’s okay to cheat here and there but keep focus. Dont get off track otherwise its hard to go back on diet.

  • Reply Stacie March 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    5 stars
    Those look delicious! Potatoes are a favorite side in our house, and I can’t wait to make this new awesome recipe. OM nom nom.

  • Reply Vera Sweeney March 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    5 stars
    Those sound so yummy! I’ve recently been on a sweet potato kick, and I think I’m going to try this recipe using them. Thanks!

  • Reply Melody Owen March 14, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    5 stars
    We all LOVE potatoes and I can’t wait to try this recipe and watch my kids devour it. Thank you!

  • Reply Melissa March 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    5 stars
    Ohmygoodness! These crispy herbed roasted potatoes look delicious! I love cooking in my cast iron skillet so I will HAVE to try this recipe out! Thanks so much for tasty looking side dish recipe. Of course you had me at potatoes.

  • Reply Katie Kinsley March 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    The potato dish looks delicious and beautiful. You have great camera-work for your photos – something of which I am trying for in my website!

  • Reply Tamara March 14, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    This is really gorgeous. Your knife work (or mandoline?) is flawless. I love potatoes for everything – breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and even dessert. With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, my husband bought a bunch of Yukon Golds yesterday before the snowstorm. Now I know what I want to do with them!

  • Reply Danik March 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    5 stars
    Now we talking. I am licking my lips looking at these potato chips. And the presentation is amazing, I would have just chucked them into a pile and serve it as it is. ALready taken down the details for this recipe as I want try these for when I watch some soccer on the tele this weekend

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus March 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I completely understand, sometimes I forget to take care of myself and food should be one of the most important things in our day. I love the look of the crispy potatoes x

  • Reply Lisa Favre March 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    This recipe is THE main reason to get a cast iron skillet. Whoa! It looks absolutely delicious.

  • Reply Miriam T. March 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    These potatoes look delicious! I can definitely see pairing them with some ham or bacon, or as a good side for a steak. YUM.

    Also, I definitely support making sure you schedule in your “Me-time”. That train trip sounds like it could be a REAL adventure.

  • Reply Claudia Blanton March 14, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    5 stars
    oh my, I can almost smell these already, heavenly. Herb crusted anything is amazing, but I do like the combination with the potatoes. How brilliant. Thank you!

  • Reply Maggie March 14, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    I love me some potatoes. Thanks for the recipe and I’ll have to try it out for the family.

  • Reply Oyinkan March 15, 2017 at 1:30 am

    You make it look worth every penny!!!!Looks absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Joanna March 15, 2017 at 5:54 am

    I think all of us need to take some time off from time to time and do something for ourselves: go on a getaway, get a massage, treat ourselves with a cake and coffee. Your recipe looks delicious by the way, I can never get potatoes crispy.

  • Reply Stephanie March 15, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Boy does this dish look good. I have been experimenting with potatoes lately and for the first time made potato au gratin. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply David Elliott March 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I would have never thought to stack slices up potatoes like this in a cast iron skillet. It does look amazing though. Love good Idaho potatos.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia March 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I am so excited to give this recipe a try. They look so delicious and easy to make. I am sure they will be a big hit with my family.

  • Reply Emma March 15, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Yum, these look like a delicious cross between potato chips and roast potatoes. Potatoes are always best when they’re crispy and these look like some great ones!

  • Reply Ricci March 15, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Dang it! These potatoes look AMAZING!!! I need to make these ASAP!!!

  • Reply Morgan March 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    5 stars
    Those potatoes look amazing. I bought chicken for lunch and wish that I had potatoes. It would go perfect with our lunch.

  • Reply Kathy March 15, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Those look so good. Now I want some of these and I don’t have potatoes! I’ll have to pick some up.

  • Reply Abigail March 15, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    This herb roasted potato dish looks gorgeous! I am deffo going to try it out. I can imagine the wonderful taste already!!!!

  • Reply Cassidy March 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    5 stars
    I saw this on your Instagram yesterday and I’m so glad I get the recipe today! I love rosemary and potatoes. My boyfriend hates the mushy texture of potatoes. This is the perfect solution! Crispy potatoes! I can’t wait to try them.

  • Reply Angie Rose March 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This recipe looks so good! I always keep cooking herbs growing in my kitchen and potatoes are my favorite. I’m seriously considering making this tomorrow. We had a huge blizzard here in New England, and this looks like the perfect comfort food to enjoy!

  • Reply Kathryn Maher March 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    This recipe I love. I’m Irish and live in Ireland and we do love our spuds ( as we like to call them) here. Those crispy potatoes baked in the oven with garlic and rosemary are to mouth watering for words.

  • Reply Yolanda W March 16, 2017 at 12:03 am

    5 stars
    These roasted potatoes look so delicious. I absolutely love the way they’re cut. This is a recipe I have to try.

  • Reply Catalina March 16, 2017 at 4:59 am

    Your pictures look so scrumptious ! ♥ Potatoes are my life :)) seriously, I can`t stop planning meals without them: on the grill, in the oven and know I discovered sweet potatoes :D. I have bookmarked this and I can`t wait to try it.

  • Reply Maggie March 16, 2017 at 8:08 am

    This looks amazing. We love potatoes and I’m sure my family would love this. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  • Reply Tami Qualls March 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    My hubby would enjoy these. They’d go great with any meat I would think.

  • Reply Yona Williams March 16, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Oh wow…these potatoes look absolutely delicious! I just love how appetizingly they’ve been plated.

  • Reply Lindsey March 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    These roast potatoes look like a real treat, perfect for a sunday dinner accompaniment

  • Reply Echo March 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    5 stars
    Staying on track with our goals is important!

    These potatoes look insanely good and I love that you used a cast iron skillet!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. March 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    It’s good that you’re taking back control over your health and your eating habits! I think this recipe looks good. It’s also important to give yourself time to heal when you need it. Good move on taking time out in the office. Thanks for the list of cookbooks!

  • Reply Anvita March 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Good to know your partucipating in the challenge. Well done so far and wishing you the best. These potatoes look delicious

  • Reply Sandra M. March 17, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Im probably the number one fan of potatoes 😉 Thank you for sharing this !

  • Reply Ivelisse March 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    5 stars
    Can I just say that you take the most realistic food pictures I have ever seen? LOL I mean I know it’s real food, but the colors are so vibrant and the picture is so crisp! What camera do you use?


  • Reply Jackie May 1, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I swear potatoes are my favorite food. There’s so many ways to cook them and they never get boring. I’m going to try this out soon!

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