Monday, April 20, 2009

Oven Roasted Baby Bliss Potatoes/Ode to a Tuber - Part Five!

What is it about the potato that we love so much? It's much like bread - one of the all-time favorite staples of life and there are so many varieties and ways to cook it. There's that delicious goodness that makes us feel all happy inside after we eat them.

Red Bliss potatoes, which are grown in California, Minnesota, and the Dakotas, have a slightly different taste and texture than the Florida red potatoes. The skin is flakier and the flesh is white, harder, and contains less moisture. Red Bliss potatoes are available most of the year.

This is a recipe I have had in my recipe file for at least five or more years and, sadly, I never typed the source onto the recipe, so I regret I can't give credit.

Oven-Roasted Baby Bliss Potatoes

Printable Recipe

Serves 6 to 8

Eat these potatoes immediately after they come out of the oven. As they sit, they deflate and lose some of their wonderful texture. Another sprinkle of olive oil or butter and some freshly ground pepper make for a simple but delicious potato!

I also like to use baby Yukon Gold potatoes with this recipe. I've added chopped rosemary, garlic and other herbs and spices as the menu and mood dictates.

24 new potatoes about the size of a golf ball, cleaned
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt

Preheat oven to 400F.

Place the potatoes in a bowl. Pour in the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the salt and toss again to coat evenly. Place the potatoes on a cooling rack set inside a jelly roll pan (or large cookie sheet with sides) in the center of the preheated oven. Ready for the oven:

Roast for approximately 20-30 minutes or until tender. Roasting time depends on the diameter of the potatoes you’re using.

The potatoes are done when the skins puff slightly and the potatoes are very soft in the center.

Serve immediately.

The last time I made them, I added about 1/4 cup of Dijon mustard before I baked them...Mmmmmmm!

A little potato humor...

What do you call a baby potato? A small fry!

Why did the potato cross the road? He saw a fork up ahead.


  1. guffaw, guffaw... to your humor! Seriously, Susan, those potatoes look so good! I love your tuber series!
    ~xo~ ;-)

  2. You make me smile...great potato humor how are you going to top this on ode #6.

    These potatoes look simple to make but very good. I love roasted potatoes.

  3. Cute potato jokes, Susan. I always enjoy your Ode to Tuber posts.

    We love the Red Bliss. They seem fluffier. :)

  4. These look SO good. I definitely do not roast enough potatoes. :)

  5. I love when you do your ode to a tuber! These look great, have to try them!

    Funny jokes!

    hugs :)

  6. Long Island grows lots of potatoes...but not fancy..just common Tom Brokaw..:)
    Great pics...and are you sure you are not Irish..part 5 of tubers??

  7. Keep the series going!! I can live on them. I know I'd love these little beauties. Amazing how something so simple can be so versatile.

  8. Love the little red taters!! Your tater humor made me smile...when are you going on tour????? ;)

  9. Hi so, so delicious, thank you, was so pleased to find this recipe on Tastespotting, but you know, I used a small fraction of the kosher salt, and my potato taster still insisted they were too salty! I threw in marjoram, thyme and basil, because they were about to go bad, and it was very good, especially the crispy salty baked leaves of basil, which I left whole. Yum!

  10. I appreciate all the comments! Thank you, everyone.

    Nope, not even a small fraction Irish, Kathleen, but just remember Denmark's famous Akvavit is distilled from potatoes ;)

    Babe, I'm sorry they were too salty for your 'taste tester'! We love them salty here. The herbs you used sound delightful, especially those crispy basil leaves!

  11. YUM!!! What a cute post!!! The potatoes look amazing!!! I am trying this tonight...we bought some potatoes at the market yesterday...perfect for the recipe!!!

    I noticed all the Mackenzie-Childs on your sidebar...I too am a big fan!!!

    I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

  12. Oh yes, the potatoes and vodka..I forgot..I don't drink, so give me the potatoes, and the salt is fine!

  13. never mind--maybe I just did something wrong with the salt...?:)


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