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Need a new side dish to mix up your dinner routine? Try this recipe for Parmentier Potatoes! It’s a simple and delicious way to dress up your spuds. Just toss some chopped potatoes with olive oil and your favourite herbs, then roast until golden brown. They truly are little pieces of heaven!
What are they?
Parmentier potatoes are a classic French dish that can be enjoyed any time of year. The dish is named after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who is credited with popularizing the potato in France during the 18th century. He was quite the potato connoisseur, whipping up dinner parties for guests such as Benjamin Franklin, where he served only potato dishes. He was also known for presenting bouquets of potato blossoms to the reigning king and queen!
After his death, many potato dishes were named after him, including Pommes Parmentier, in which cubed potatoes are parboiled before being fried or roasted in butter or oil and herbs. I like to add some extra lemon juice and garlic for an added pop of zesty flavour.
What kind of potatoes should I use?
When it comes to potatoes, there are two main types: floury and waxy. Floury potatoes, such are higher in starch and have a light, fluffy texture. They’re ideal for baking and frying, as they absorb less oil and produce a crisp exterior and fluffy insides. Waxy potatoes, on the other hand, have a lower starch content and a firmer, denser texture. They’re perfect for boiled dishes, as they hold their shape well.
When it comes to Parmentier potatoes, floury is the way to go. If you are in the UK look for a variety such as Maris Piper or King Edward. In the US you can’t go wrong with a Russets.
How do I slice them?
The key to fabulous Parmentier potatoes is cutting them into uniformly sized pieces. This not only makes it look great, but it also helps them to cook evenly.
To get consistent chunks, first, peel the potatoes. Then slice them lengthways into 2cm thick slices. Pile a couple of the slices on top of each other and then cut along the length into long pieces (each slice being around 2cm wide). Then cut them width-ways, again around 2cm in width.
Can I make them in advance?
Prepping your potatoes in advance can save you effort when it comes time to cook them. The best way to do this is to peel and slice them and then store them in a bowl full of water (enough to fully cover them). Place the bowl in the fridge for up to a day in advance. This will stop the oxygen from getting to the flesh of the potatoes and causing them to brown.
You can also reheat fully cooked potatoes. Just bear in mind that you won’t have the same crispness on the outsides and they will be softer. For best results reheat them in the oven rather than the microwave, which will give an even limper result.
Can I freeze them?
Freezing and reheating leftover Parmentier Potatoes is perfectly safe. However, the potatoes will again be a lot softer. For best results defrost the potatoes thoroughly first and then reheat them in the oven. They will last up to 3 months in the freezer when stored in an airtight container.
For a full list of ingredients with weights and measurements jump to the printable recipe card.
- Floury potatoes, peeled and diced (around 2cm thick)
- Olive Oil
- Rosemary, finely chopped
- Garlic cloves, some finely diced or crushed, some full and pressed under the flat side of a knife
- Lemon juice
How to make them
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- Preheat the oven to 220C/400F
- Add the potatoes to a large pan of cold salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for a further 2 minutes once the water starts to boil.
- Tip the potatoes into a colander or large sieve. Leave to steam for a few minutes.
- Pour the olive oil into a large roasting or baking dish. Place in the oven for a few minutes until the oil is hot.
- Add the potatoes to the baking dish. Scatter over the rosemary and garlic and drizzle over the lemon juice. Season well. Give the tray a shake to mix everything together.
- Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until crisp outside and tender in the middle. Halfway through the cooking time remove the tray and turn the potatoes over and return to the oven.
Looking for more great potato side dish recipes? Try:
- Boulangere Potatoes
- Garlic & Leek Mashed Potatoes
- Individual Dauphinoise Potatoes
- Garlic, Lemon & Thyme Roast Potatoes
- Parsnip & Potato Mash
Products that work well for this recipe:
Joseph Joseph Waste Collecting Peeler
Cole & Mason Mezzaluna / Herb Chopper
Cole & Mason Herb Keeper
Need a new side dish to mix up your dinner routine? Try this recipe for Parmentier Potatoes! It’s a simple and delicious way to dress up your spuds.
The default recipe serves 4
- 600g floury potatoes, peeled and cubed into 2cm pieces (see note 1)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp finely diced fresh rosemary (see note 2)
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped or minced
- 4 cloves garlic, pressed under the wide side of a knife to crush (no need to peel)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F
- Add the potatoes to a large pan of cold salted water. Bring the water to a boil, and once it reaches boiling point, cook for a further 2 minutes. (see note 3)
- Drain the potatoes into a colander or large sieve and let steam for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour the olive oil onto a large baking tray and place it in the oven for a few minutes to get hot.
- Tip the potatoes onto the baking dish and then scatter over the rosemary and garlic. Drizzle over the lemon juice and then toss the tray to combine everything. (see note 4)
- Roast the potatoes in the oven for 30-35 minutes. Turn the potatoes halfway through the cooking time.
- Varieties such as Maris Piper or King Edward are a good choice if you are in the UK. In the US, choose a variety such as russets.
- Thyme also works great for this recipe. If you would prefer to use dried herbs then reduce the amount by half.
- Make sure not to overboil the potatoes as this will lead to them breaking apart on the baking tray when mixed.
- Don’t overcrowd the tray with the potatoes, make sure no pieces are overlapping and there is space between the chunks.
- Leftovers can be kept in the fridge or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat in the oven for the best results. However, cooling and reheating the potatoes will make them softer and less crisp.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
- Category: Side
- Method: Roast
- Cuisine: French
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 180
- Fat: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 27g
- Protein: 3g
Keywords: potatoes, side dish, roasted, rosemary, vegetarian, vegan