I am a huge fan of the potato. I love them mashed, oven roasted, fried, cheesed up and lovingly dolloped with butter and sour cream. Potatoes are one of my go to side dishes for so many meals. But what I’m not a fan of, is waiting for those oven roasted potatoes to cook through and crisp up nicely in the oven. It takes a good 30 minutes or more to get those suckers done. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when the main meal takes a while to prepare so I don’t mind if said potatoes take their sweet time in the oven, but on some days, they need to get done already.
Enter the microwave. I know, I know….some have a look of horror at the mention of cooking with the microwave. Yes, they are great for rewarming and for cooking certain frozen foods, but the ye old microwave can be a hot topic for some. But I found, quite by accident, these little guys that make my oven roasted potatoes cook so much faster.
These little bagged potatoes are cooked in the microwave bag and all. How easy is that. Now granted, these are supposed to be cooked and served straight from cooking them in the microwave, but I do love how potatoes get when roasted in the oven. So instead of cooking these completely in the microwave, I cook them about 2 minutes less than the package directions, then cut them in half (or bite sized pieces if they are a little bigger), drizzle with olive oil, add some tasty herbs to season them and finish cooking them in the oven. So that means that dinner is on the table in half the time and I’m not so hangry….which my hubby does appreciate. These potatoes still come out crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and oh so tasty.
If you can’t find any prebagged microwavable potatoes, don’t fret because you can still use this same method with ordinary potatoes.
Here’s What you need to make these Shortcut Oven Roasted Potatoes:
* one bag of microwavable potatoes; my store only carries this brand Tasteful Selections but you can use any brand. If you can’t find any that are prebagged, just grab your desired choice of potatoes and wash them.
*salt to taste
*cracked pepper to taste
*1 tsp. dried sage or more to taste
*1 tsp. dried Thyme or 1 TBS. fresh Thyme or more to taste
*1/2 tsp dried dill or more to taste
*1 tsp. garlic powder or more to taste
Pre heat oven to 400°.
Microwave bagged potatoes 2 minutes less than package directions; let cool some until they are easy to handle. Take out of the bag and cut into bite size chunks.
For Potatoes That Are Not In A Microwavable Bag:
cut into bite size chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 12 to 15 minutes tossing occasionally until potatoes can be pierced with a fork but not fall apart.
Place potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil then add the herbs and seasonings; toss to coat.
Place in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until the potatoes are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. If the potatoes start to dry out while cooking, add more olive oil.
Serve with you favorite meal and Enjoy!
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