Crisp Roasted Potatoes
- 2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, rinsed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
- Table salt
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- Ground black pepper
The steps of parcooking the potatoes before roasting and tossing the potatoes with salt and oil until they are coated with starch are the keys to developing a crisp exterior and creamy interior. The potatoes should be just undercooked when they are removed from the boiling water.
1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees. Place potatoes and 1 tablespoon salt in Dutch oven; add cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to boil over high heat; reduce heat and gently simmer until exteriors of potatoes have softened but centers offer resistance when pierced with paring knife, about 5 minutes. Drain potatoes well and transfer to large bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt; using rubber spatula, toss to combine. Drizzle with another 2 tablespoons oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt; continue to toss until exteriors of potato slices are coated with starchy paste, 1 to 2 minutes.
2. Working quickly, remove baking sheet from oven and drizzle remaining tablespoon oil over surface. Carefully transfer potatoes to baking sheet and spread into even layer (skin-side up if end piece). Bake until bottoms of potatoes are golden brown and crisp, 15 to 25 minutes, rotating baking sheet after 10 minutes.
3. Remove baking sheet from oven and, using metal spatula and tongs, loosen potatoes from pan, carefully flipping each slice. Continue to roast until second side is golden and crisp, 10 to 20 minutes longer, rotating pan as needed to ensure potatoes brown evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.
Crisp, Evenly Browned Spuds
1. DISKS, NOT CHUNKS
Half-inch rounds require only one flip, making it far easier to ensure each side gets equal time facedown on the pan.
Simmering the potatoes brings the starch to the surface, jumpstarting the crisping process.
3. PREHEAT SHEET
Preheating a rimmed baking sheet also gives cooking a head start, for crisper results.
4. TOSS VIGOROUSLY
Roughing up the parboiled potatoes with salt and oil damages the surface cells, which speeds up evaporation.