Garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes make a fast and easy side dish for any meal. They get crisp and toasty brown on the outside and creamy soft on the inside. If you want an easy side dish for practically any meal, make these roasted potatoes.
This recipe is difficult to mess up but you will need to make some adjustments depending on the size of the potato chunks. Obviously, smaller cubes of potatoes will cook faster than larger ones.
I cut the potatoes into approximately 1-inch chunks. At that size, the potatoes only need about 30 minutes to cook. Adjust the roasting time if you slice larger chunks of potatoes.
About the garlic
Garlic burns really easily and when it burns it gets bitter. The instructions in our recipe card tell you to leave the fresh garlic out during the long roasting time.
You will add it when the potatoes are finished roasting then return the potatoes to the oven for about 1 to 2 minutes to finish cooking the garlic. Keep an eye on it though because sometimes it takes less than 1 minute to cook off the rawness of the garlic.
You could skip the fresh garlic entirely if you want because the dried garlic gives these potatoes plenty of garlic flavor. I personally love the more vibrant flavor that the fresh garlic gives to this side dish.
I will admit that I sometimes add fresh garlic at the beginning of the roasting time. After 30 to 40 minutes in a hot oven, some of the bitterness starts to mellow out and the little bits of garlic get really crisp. But with the extended roast time there are also some pretty charred bits of garlic. I might be the only one that likes crispy burned garlic in my potatoes though so I won’t recommend doing that. 😉
About the rosemary.
Rosemary has a fairly strong flavor and a rough texture. You don’t want to eat a whole leaf so chop them up pretty finely. Finely chopped rosemary will also help disperse the flavor more evenly over the potatoes.
You can use dried rosemary instead of fresh but keep in mind that dried herbs lose their potency the longer they are stored. If you have dried rosemary that has been sitting in your pantry for longer than a year then it is probably pretty bland tasting.
What kind of potato to use.
You can use any type of potato here. Different varieties will give you different textures and flavors so change it up each time you make these easy garlic rosemary roasted potatoes.
Potatoes basically fall into 3 categories:
- Waxy: Fingerlings and large red-skinned potatoes are waxy.
- Starchy: Russet and Idaho potatoes fall into this category
- All-purpose: (kind of in-between waxy and starchy) Kennebec and Yukon Gold potatoes are all-purpose.
The important thing about choosing the potatoes is to make sure they are fresh and firm. Avoid potatoes that have soft spots, green skin, or sprouts.
If potatoes have a green tinge to them, they were exposed to too much light and produced excess amounts of solanine. Solanine is a toxin that will give you mild to severe gastrointestinal issues and can even cause headaches.
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- 2 pounds potatoes (cut into bite-sized chunks)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- fresh cracked pepper
- 2 fresh garlic cloves, finely minced
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Toss all the ingredients except the fresh garlic together and spread out on a large rimmed baking sheet.
- Roast until golden brown and crispy, about 25 to 40 minutes (depending on the size of the potato chunks). Stir once or twice during the roasting time.
- When the potatoes finish roasting toss them with the fresh garlic and return to the oven for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant and the raw flavor cooks out.
- The roasting time will vary depending on the size of the potatoes. We cut the potatoes in small bite-sized pieces so they would roast faster.
- Try to cut the potatoes the same size so they cook evenly.
- Check for doneness by stabbing the potatoes with a fork. They will be tender on the inside when they finish roasting.
- The high heat of the oven will burn the garlic and turn it bitter. Add the fresh garlic when the potatoes are finished roasting and give them another 30 seconds to a minute of roasting time to cook the garlic.
Amount Per Serving Calories 306Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 288mgCarbohydrates 49gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 6g