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How to Roast Potatoes Without Boiling

How to Roast Potatoes Without Boiling

If you love roasted potatoes, this article will show you how to roast potatoes without boiling.

Roasting potatoes may seem like a multi-step process. First, you have to clean the potatoes then boil them and even after that, they still need to cook in the oven. Don’t forget about the pot you will need to use and wash after boiling the potatoes.

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All of these time-consuming steps are enough to make someone not want to make roasted potatoes at all. Fortunately, there is another way! A more simple, easier method of making delicious roasted potatoes without boiling them first.

A Bit About The Potato

As you may know, potatoes have been around for centuries. While potato remains have been found dating back to 2500 BC, there is evidence that the tubers have been cultivated for over 10,000 years.

The Incas especially thought of potatoes as prized possessions and had many uses for them other than just eating. Raw slices of potatoes would be placed on broken bones to promote healing and it was said that carrying a potato in your pocket would prevent a toothache!

The popularity of potatoes as a food has risen and fallen numerous times. Records show that the popularity peaked in the late 1800’s when potatoes were worth their weight in gold. It is right before this time when we can clearly see a wide range of recipes beginning to develop.

While potatoes may easily have been roasted before the early 1800’s, fire-roasted potatoes became popular around 1801 when Thomas Jefferson served them while he was president.

Potatoes were certainly the premier food of the 19th century across Europe including in Italy. Much of this still holds true today. While we could go on and on about the history of the potato (this basic root vegetable has a very in-depth history!), let’s get back to focusing on roasting them!

Why Boil?

Before we eliminate the step of boiling the potatoes, we should take a quick look at why we boil them at all before roasting. Boiling the potatoes cooks them quickly and makes the potatoes nice and soft throughout.

Since the potatoes are already cooked before going into the oven, the ovens only job is to crisp them up. Therefore, you can roast the boiled potatoes at a higher heat and they will crisp quickly. Submerging them in water also reduces the starch content in the potatoes. Less starch means a smoother tasting potato.

Skip The Boiling

So, what if we don’t boil the potatoes before roasting them? Well, the potatoes will be quicker to prepare but may take a little longer in the oven. However, the end result will be very much the same. Therefore,  skip the extra step and go straight to the oven!

The easiest way to make roasted potatoes without boiling is to simply cut up the potatoes, toss them in oil, season and slow cook in a low-temperature oven. Sounds perfect, right? It is! There are a few key tricks that will help you roast potatoes with this simple, no boil method.

  1. Low and slow is the motto to follow. This means set the oven to a lower temperature and roast your potatoes slowly. This will ensure that they are fully cooked on the inside and that they do not burn on the outside. Remember, your potatoes were not cooked at all prior to going in the oven so they will need a little extra time when compared to pre boiled roasted potatoes.
  2. Keep it small. Smaller potatoes will work best when roasted without boiling. If you only have large potatoes (like Idaho or russet varieties), cut them up into smaller pieces. Red potatoes or bliss potatoes which are already small can just be cut into quarters. You want your potatoes to be fully cooked throughout right when the outside skin begins to crisp. Larger pieces of potato will still be raw in the center when the outer layer is ready. Cut small pieces for the perfect roasted potato
  3. Soak the chopped potatoes. If you have time, it helps to soak the potatoes for about an hour in cold water. This will remove some of the starch and will help them get crispy. After they have soaked, drain the potatoes and dry them thoroughly. Any leftover moisture will cause steam in the oven and prevent them from crisping. Nice dry potatoes will get extra crispy on the outside.
  4. Flip the potatoes while they are cooking. In order to get nice evenly browned potatoes, use a spatula to flip them over halfway through roasting.

No Boil Italian Roasted Potatoes

No Boil Italian Roasted Potatoes

This recipe for roasted potatoes requires no pre boiling and will create a crispy, flavorful dish in no time.

Yield: 4 servings

Active Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds waxy potatoes (less starch), Red Bliss variety works well
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the whole garlic cloves, basil, oregano, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir together until well combined.
  2. Wash and cut the potatoes into small pieces, at a minimum into quarters.
  3. Toss the potato pieces in the bowl with the other ingredients and mix well, coating all of the potatoes with the oil mix.
  4. Pour the potatoes, oil, and spices into a roasting pan and spread evenly.
  5. Place in a 325-degree f oven for 45 minutes, flipping the potatoes halfway through.
  6. Turn the oven up to 450 and roast for 15 more minutes to get the potatoes extra crispy.
  7. Serve while hot!

Final word

Roasting potatoes without boiling isn’t hard if you know what to do. Now go ahead and try the recipe above. And don’t forget to share your experience with us.

Do you know another way to roast potatoes without boiling?

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