Monday Morning Mmmm: Oven-Roasted Potatoes

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Welcome to my week-long Housewarming Party! (Or, should I call it a Blog-warming Party?)

C’mon in and make yourself comfortable! We’ll have several “door prizes” (giveaways), so stay tuned for a few extra posts this week. And as predicted, food is involved . . .

The recipe is at the end of this post, so scroll on down if you’re only here for the food. But if you’d like to mingle and chat a while, I’m getting ready to ramble and rant about my busy month.

If you count last weekend as being part of July (which I’m going to do for purposes of my next statement), I was out of town or had major plans FOUR out of five weekends.

That’s a lot! No wonder I finished the month tired and stressed and in major need of a trip to the grocery store! (And then to finish the month up with the craziness involved in a blog redesign and move? Now, that was just ridiculous.)

But now that we’re here, on the other side of family get-togethers, gatherings with old friends and new, a blogging conference, a baby shower, two road trips with a toddler and a blog makeover, I’m still glad I did it all.

Easier to say after a relaxing weekend at home, two naps, countless loads of laundry and that trip to the grocery store.

Although I have to admit: my suitcase is still on the floor of my bedroom. And since I’ve waited so long to put it away, it’s now covered in cat hair – which means the simple task of zipping it up and putting it in Mark’s closet has now turned into a major clean-the-hair-off-the-bag chore.

You can’t win ‘em all.

One of the tastiest takeaways from my crazy busy month actually happened last Sunday – technically the first of August. We had friends over for dinner, and Mark upgraded my menu from hamburgers to steak. That was nice, but it meant more work for me.

I just don’t feel right serving chips and pickles with steaks.

We discussed the possibility of baked potatoes, but that seemed so boring. So I turned to Tasty Kitchen for a different starchy side. (My dad – just like Mark – is a meat and potatoes guy, so I grew up thinking you couldn’t eat a meal without some kind of starchy side dish. Hence the carb obsession.)

Right away, I found a recipe for oven-roasted potatoes, and it looked both delicious and simple. You know how that’s my criteria for any new recipe.

According to the recipe, I made enough for 6-8 people – and the four of us just about polished them off. As if that wasn’t enough proof that they were good, my friend sent me a message on Facebook two days ago asking for the recipe. She wanted to make them for her in-laws!

They were so good, in fact, that I think I’ll be making them on Wednesday when my friend Mindy comes over for dinner. Here’s the recipe, slightly adapted from the original version from Cooking Ventures.

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

3 lbs small red potatoes
1/3 cup olive oil
1 oz. packet onion soup mix
1 oz. packet ranch dip mix
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub the potatoes (leaving the skin on) and cut them into quarters. Mix oil, soup mix, dip mix, garlic and pepper.

Now, the recipe said to make sure you don’t use extra-virgin olive oil, but I did. I don’t know what difference it makes. Also, I used about 4 lbs of potatoes and probably 2/3 cup of oil. (It was too much. Don’t be like me.)

Fold the potatoes into the oil mixture, making sure all potatoes are covered. Pour into a foil-covered and baking spray-sprayed baking sheet. Cook for about 30 minutes.

The recipe called for covering it with foil the first 20 minutes and cooking uncovered the last 10-15 minutes. I forgot to cover it, so I reversed that process. As I mentioned, they were good anyway.

Garnish with parsley. I guess you could use fresh and chop it up. But I just sprinkled it out of a jar.

Have you tried any new recipes lately? And how busy has your summer been? {And don’t forget to come back for giveaways and more fun this week!}

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Friday Food, Foodie Friday and Food on Fridays.

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Comments

  1. Just had to drop you a note and let you know how much I appreciate you blog. I recently send you post “I used to be…” to someone very dear to me and it was a blessing to her as well. In fact, she visited your site and found many connections (including “SYTYCD”–go Lauren) and encouragement, too?
    I really love your “Wordless Wednesday” too. Wish I’d thought of that!

    So keep up the good work and thanks–God is using you in the lives of readers.
    Gail Smith

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Gail, thank you. I have to tell you, though, Wordless Wednesday wasn’t my idea! I just link up to 5 Minutes for Mom, which runs a carnival every week! :)

  2. I love baby red potatoes. This sounds so yummy! I bet they would be wonderful on the grill too.

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      I’m debating trying them again with regular potatoes. But I suspect they won’t be quite as good…

  3. The potatoes sound great! I made the Pioneer Woman’s Olive Foccacia Bread the other week and it was amazing! I plan to make it for the Woman’s Ministry Kick Off this weekend. This summer has been crazy busy and I can’t believe it’s August already.

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Ohhh, yeah. I need to crack open my PW cookbook and try more of her recipes! Every time I do, people LOVE it!! (And by “people,” I mean my husband and myself – and the occasional guest. Not the general masses or anything!)

  4. Taters! Looks delectable!

    Summer is so not supposed to be over yet! I haven’t even gotten started doing that relaxing part yet and here we are gearing up for kindergarten?! Uuugggh!

    I invented my own recipe last night. ran out of breadcrumbs for my pan seared chicken. So, I stomped a sleeve of saltines, added garlic powder, oregano, salt pepper, and love! Did the whole SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE your groove thing around the kitchen, dumped it in the oliv oil prepped pan, splashed with fresh lime juice and……

    Tada!! It was a hit with my 4 men! (of course they aren’t real picky usually)

  5. Those do look excellent – the perfect side dish for steak! Tasty Kitchen is just the best site to get cooking inspiration! -

    • Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect says:

      Sometimes I like to just go there (Tasty Kitchen) and look…and drool!

  6. Made these the other day and they were soooooooooo good! My man and I both went back for seconds and I bragged about them to everyone! Made with new potatoes since that’s all I had. Can’t wait to make them again with red!

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