Easy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
When attempting to getting dinner on the table on a weeknight, you can’t go wrong with this easy roasted Parmesan potatoes recipe. You can make all types of potato dishes from mashed potatoes to scalloped potato recipes, but this roasted variety is easier than either of those because there is no peeling which can take up crucial time. Despite the simplicity of this potato dish, it tastes good, too. Maria and Josh, the authors of Two Peas and Their Pod recipe blog, have heightened the taste of the humble potato with aromatic basil pesto and Parmesan cheese. The basil pesto makes these potatoes particularly ideal for a summer’s day but can be made easily all year round by using store-bought. Whenever you make this delicious potato recipe, it is sure to become a family favorite.
As far as fresh herbs go, you can’t go wrong with growing or purchasing earthy basil. There are several varieties of basil; they vary in color, sweetness, spice and fragrance. Even though basil is most connected with Italian cuisine, and in particular the classic Genovese pesto recipe, it is believed to have originated in India. Basil is also heavily used in Greek and South Asian cuisines. Since basil is a delicately textured herb and will blacken when exposed to heat, it is recommended to eat raw or add to hot dishes at the very end of the cooking time. Pesto, however, is a good place to use basil in a high-heat preparation, since there is a lot of moisture in the paste, and the basil shouldn’t shrivel up the same way. Basil is truly a king of kitchen herbs and deserves to make an appearance in everything from sandwich recipes and salads to meat and pasta dishes.
Maria and Josh use red potatoes in their version of this roasted potato recipe, but you can use whatever potato you like. Consider using white or Yukon gold potatoes in place, and cutting them into sixths to achieve the appropriate roasting size. Alternatively, use mini potatoes to make the job even easier, since they won’t have to be cut at all. You may feel inclined to peel the potatoes before roasting but don’t. Not only does the skin crisp up and hold the tender potato flesh together, but it also adds plenty of nutrients to your family’s diet. Typical potato nutrients include fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, but by including the skin, you will optimize those nutrients.
This potato recipe couldn’t be made any better since it already contains the herbaceous taste of basil and salty Parmesan. If you feel inclined to experiment with pesto, however, consider making homemade pesto recipes with different ingredients. A sun-dried tomato pesto would add an extra tanginess to this roasted potato recipe, while the addition of brined anchovies to the pesto would add an umami taste. Thank you to Maria and Josh, the authors of Two Peas and Their Pod, for sharing their easy roasted Parmesan potatoes recipe with us.
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