According to this January 2021 article in Irish Central there are ninety different words to describe potatoes. Even here in the U.S. we have a number of names, which should be a clue this is a popular vegetable. While there are a lot of ways to cook them, this easy, three-step process is how I cook potatoes. The total cooking time (including prep) takes approximately 30 minutes.
For this recipe you’ll need potatoes (I use golden yukon or red bliss because of their size), vegetable oil, salt, pepper and any other seasoning you may like. I often add chopped parsley to the potatoes after they come out hot from the oven. In the photo above, I’ve added fried and salted sage.
STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, wash the potatoes, then add them to a large frying pan. Nearly cover the potatoes with water and liberally salt (this will absorb into and season the potato). Boil for approximately 10 minutes. They will be done when when you prick the potato and there is only minimal resistance.
STEP 2: Drain the potatoes and add them to a large bowl (and let them sit for 5 minutes to cool). Drizzle with vegetable oil and sprinkle your preferred seasonings. I often add a few pinches of salt and lots of ground black pepper. Paprika is another favorite seasoning but use whatever you like. Then mix so the potatoes are coated with the oil and seasonings.
STEP 3: Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and with the bottom of a glass slighly “smoosh” each potato before placing them into the oven which you preheated to 400 degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. This will make the outer part of the potato more crispy, but the inside will remain creamy. Although I’ve never tried it, I imagine you could probably broil the potatoes for their final minute or two in the oven (I’ll have to try that next time).
The potatoes hold up great in the refrigerator for about a week (assuming they aren’t eaten before then), and they make for a great side plate with eggs for breakfast or with your dinner.