These Italian oven roasted potatoes are a classic side dish for any meal. They brown beautifully with herbs and olive oil on a sheet pan in the oven. The texture is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. An easy and side dish you will make again and again.

What makes these potatoes extra special?

It all starts with creating that perfect crispy topping that coats the potatoes as they roast. It’s a mix of bread crumbs, fresh herbs, and delicious fruity olive oil. As the potatoes roast the olive oil and crumb mixture caramelizes on the potatoes and creates a crunch you can’t live without. Make these as a side to a special occasion meal or a simple weeknight dinner with a hearty salad. Here a few of salad recipes that complement this dish to make it a main meal:

King Crab Salad Recipe (simple and easy)

Arugula, Apple, and Pistachio Salad in Parmigiano Cups

Berry and Goat Cheese Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing

Yukon Gold Potato Variety

It all starts with the potatoes themselves. In order to achieve the creamy smooth texture you MUST use the YUKON GOLD variety. This is the closest variety to the Italian yellow potato variety that I find in Sardegna, Italy. The flesh is yellow to gold, firm, naturally flavorful, and moist and makes them perfect for roasting.

oven roasted potatoes with a crispy exterior and herbs placed in a white bowl on a wooden board

Italian Style Roasted Potatoes

In Italy we call this type of roasted potato “patate insabiate” or “potatoes in sand”, yes a little strange, but that’s what they look like! The bread crumb mixture looks a little like sand covering the potatoes. My Zia Rosella makes this recipe at our summer beach house in Sardegna. When I was little I though the name “patate insabiate” was especially funny since we ate them after playing in the sand and sea all morning. Even though there isn’t soft white sand or the Mediterranean Sea near me as I eat these in Utah, I am transported there when I eat them at our table. They nourish my heart as well as my health and tummy…

A Healthy Potato! A potato a day keeps the doctor away…

VITAMIN C One medium Yukon gold potato meets one half of your daily vitamin C needs, and contains nearly twice the amount of vitamin C as a regular baking potato. Vitamin C is used for synthesis of collagen, which helps your body heal wounds.

LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE The Yukon gold potato is a good source of potassium, which may help lower your blood pressure, by decreasing the effects of sodium.

IRON The Yukon gold potato meets 6 percent of your daily value for iron. Although not significantly high in iron, the vitamin C in the potato helps improve its absorption, and may help you meet your iron needs.

Do I need to say more? Make and EAT these potatoes!

Mangia! Mangia! (Eat!)

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oven roasted potatoes with a crispy exterior and herbs placed in a white bowl on a wooden board

Oven Roasted Potatoes (Italian Style)

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

These Italian oven roasted potatoes are a classic side dish for any meal. They brown beautifully with herbs and olive oil on a sheet pan in the oven. The texture is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. An easy and side dish you will make again and again. 


Ingredients

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  • 1. 5 lbs yellow potatoes (yukon gold) 
  • 2 Tablespoons thyme (fresh or dried) 
  • 2 Tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 3/4 Cup olive oil (more more greasing pan)
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs (plain, not flavored)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large sheet pan/ cookie sheet with olive oil. If you make it on parchment paper the potatoes won’t crisp as well. You may use tinfoil if desired.  
  2. Wash potatoes and pat dry. Cut potatoes into quarters. Place potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Pour oil on potatoes and mix until coated. I do this with my hands. Season with salt and pepper. Add the herbs and bread crumbs. Toss well to coat potatoes. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet. 
  3. Bake at 400 F for about 30-40 minutes. Carefully open the oven and toss with spatula once or twice during baking to crisp all edges.  

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