Redskin potatoes contain less starch than other potatoes, giving them a firmer, waxier texture. They hold their shape well after cooking, making them great for scalloped potatoes, potato salads, soups, casseroles and roasts. The skin is thinner than on most other potatoes, and they are often served skin-on. Because of the low starch, they're not good candidates for mashing; they'll be sticky and gooey. You can cook redskin potatoes a variety of ways to bring out different nuances in the flavor. They turn out great whether they're boiled, roasted, or microwaved.
Step 1: Buy Fresh Potatoes
Select fresh potatoes only that have no green spots, sprouts, blemishes or soft areas. A few bad potatoes will spoil your dish.
Step 2: Clean the Potatoes Carefully
Scrub the potatoes thoroughly under running water. Dry them with a clean towel before roasting or frying.
Step 3: Cut or Slice the Potatoes
Skin and cut or slice the potatoes, if the recipe calls for it. The skin is thin and flavorful. It contains most of the nutrients and adds color to your plate, so keep the skin on unless the recipe specifically calls for the skins to be removed
Step 1: Fill a Pot With Water
Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the potatoes by at least 2 inches. Allow enough room in the pot for the water to rise when you put your potatoes in.
Step 2: Bring Water to a Boil
Bring the water to a boil. If you like your potatoes a bit firmer, put 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice or vinegar to the water. This helps the potatoes retain their starch. It extends the cooking time a small amount and leaves the potatoes a bit denser with a subtle skin on the surface. Add the potatoes.
Step 3: Cook the Potatoes
Allow the potatoes to cook 12 to 15 minutes if cut and 20 minutes if whole. Test a larger potato for doneness. It should pierce easily with a fork. Try a sample. It should be smooth, creamy and tender. Test every few minutes until the potatoes are done to your preference.
Step 4: Remove Potatoes From Water
Remove the potatoes from the water to a bowl. They are ready to slice and serve. If you are using them for potato salad, allow them to cool before cutting them. If you are serving them shortly, coat the finished potatoes with a mixture of melted butter, parsley and chives, and cover them to keep them warm.
Step 1: Heat the Oven
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Step 2: Prepare the Potatoes
Cut potatoes into large bite-sized pieces and toss with garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil in a large bowl.
Step 3: Roast Until Done
Move the potatoes to a shallow baking pan and roast until done, about 30 minutes. Start testing every 5 minutes after 20 minutes. They should be tender on the inside and golden brown on the outside.
Step 4: Serve 'Em Hot
Remove from pan and serve hot.
Step 1: Place Potatoes in Bowl
Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with 1/ 2 cup water for every pound of potatoes.
Step 2: Cook Them on High
Cook for 6 to 8 minutes at high.
Step 3: Check for Doneness
Test a large potato for doneness. Drain water, dry potatoes with a clean towel and season as desired.
Things You'll Need
12 to 16 small red potatoes
1 tbsp. butter, melted in microwave
1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp. dried chives
3 tbsp. olive oil
4 to 6 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Roasted red potatoes offer a tasty alternative to standard potato dishes. These small, round, red-skinned potatoes are a relatively low-fat source of dietary fiber. They are also excellent sources of potassium. Because of their smaller size, they can often be cooked more quickly than traditional potatoes; they are also very tender when fully cooked. Quick cooking techniques for red potatoes include boiling and microwaving, but for a flavorful, tender potato side dish, roast them in the oven with your choice of seasonings.
Step 4: Heat the Oven
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 5: Wash and Dry the Potatoes
Wash the potatoes under cool running water. Pat dry with paper towels.
Step 6: Prep the Potatoes
Remove a strip of the red skin from around the center of each potato, using a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. Leave the skin on the rest of the potato.
Step 7: Add Potatoes to Baking Dish
Spray a baking dish lightly with cooking spray. Place the potatoes in a single layer in the baking dish.
Step 8: Add the Seasonings
Mix olive oil, garlic salt and rosemary in a small bowl. Drizzle this mixture evenly over the potatoes in the baking dish. Sprinkle dried dill over the seasoned potatoes.
Step 9: Roast Until Golden Brown
Place the potatoes in a preheated oven. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown and tender when tested with a fork.
Things You'll Need
1 1/2 pounds small new red potatoes
Shallow baking dish
Small mixing bowl
2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried dill
For a tangier version, sprinkle shredded sharp cheddar cheese, crumbled feta cheese or crumbled blue cheese on the potatoes for the last three to four minutes of cooking time.