Roasted potatoes go well with any meal as an accompaniment; you can have them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are healthy, delicious, and easy to make.
Potatoes are nutritious. They are a good source of proteins, minerals as well as vitamins which are vital for optimum health. Potatoes contain high contents of potassium, vitamin C as well as vitamin B6.
They also contain high contents of flavonoids and antioxidants which help to neutralize the effects of free radicals in the body and reduce chronic diseases.
Roasted potatoes are naturally gluten-free; hence are excellent for people who are intolerant to gluten or have celiac disease.
Potatoes are very filling and satisfying; therefore they can help you lose weight if prepared without the addition of unhealthy fats.
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Why should you eat roasted potatoes?
Potatoes are generally healthy, but the method used in cooking them can make them unhealthy. For example, deep-frying potatoes in saturated or trans fats make them more calorie-dense hence can contribute to weight gain.
Roasting potatoes is a healthier alternative as it minimizes the calorie and fat content of this vegetable. Toss them with some healthy oil such as avocado or olive to soften and make them easy to digest.
Frequently asked Questions and tips
Do you have to boil or steam the potatoes before roasting them?
Boiling or steaming the potatoes before roasting helps to soften them such that when they are roasted, they cook thoroughly and develop an extra crispy texture on the outside but become moist in the inside.
Either way will work, but I have found steaming the potatoes before roasting to work best. The potatoes do get watery, mushy, or sticky if you steam them in the instant pot over a steaming basket or rack.
You can still boil the potatoes if you do not have a steamer but do it quickly. Boil the water first before adding the potatoes, cook for about 2-4 minutes, and then drain all the water. Leave them to cool, and add a little oil and salt before roasting them.
Should you peel the potatoes?
The skin of the potato is healthy as it contains a lot of fiber and nutrients. You can cook them with the peels or peel them if you like. I like eating them with the skin on, but my family loves them when peeled. Please feel free to roast them with or without their skin.
How can I make my potatoes crispy?
Please make sure you preheat the oven to 400 or 420 degrees Fahrenheit before placing your potatoes to bake or roast. If you put the potatoes before heating the oven, they may not crisp.
Remember to spread out the potatoes a single layer so they can cook evenly. Cook for about 30-40 minutes and turn every 10 or 15 minutes.
What oil can I use for roasted potatoes?
I like using olive oil since it adds some flavor to the potatoes, but you can try other oils such as grapeseed or avocado oil. Please use the oil of your preference.
Why are my Roasted potatoes soggy?
Roasted potatoes become soggy when they are placed in a low oven. Make sure the oven is hot before you put the potatoes in. But if they come out wet still, try to re-roast them in a desirable range for about 10-15 minutes to help them crisp before serving.
The potatoes can also become soggy if they are over cook during the boiling or steaming process. The secret to this is to do this for the shortest time possible and make sure to drain all the water before putting them to roast.Print