Roasted Potatoes with Sea Salt and Thyme

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Sometimes it’s necessary to state the obvious. These roasted potatoes are a simple side dish, a predictable accompaniment to meats and fish. An obvious choice, yes, but also an elegant reflection of simplicity and a delectable sum of its ingredients. Predictability can be reassuring. And these days it’s nice to have a little predictability to rely on – especially when it looks and tastes as good as this.

Roasted Potatoes with Sea Salt and Thyme
Serves 4 as a side dish

1 1/2 pounds small or new potatoes, with skin
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3-4 thyme sprigs, plus extra for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 F. Quarter potatoes and place in a large bowl with the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss again. Dump the potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Scatter the thyme sprigs around the potatoes. Place baking tray on lowest rack in the oven. Bake 30 minutes without disturbing. Move baking tray to top half of the oven and continue to bake another 30 minutes. Remove and transfer potatoes to a bowl. Garnish with additional sea salt and thyme sprigs.

31 responses to “Roasted Potatoes with Sea Salt and Thyme

  1. Thanks, Lynda. Was wondering what to serve with the grilled pork tri tip we’ll be having tonight. (Yes, I’ll be grilling in the rain, I know).

  2. These sound beautiful, I like the 30 mins bottom shelf 30 mins top idea so they cook all the way through without burning the skin I suppose, genius!! Your pictures are beautiful too love the bowl & spoon! :D

  3. Yum, love roasting potatoes like this especially with thyme which is one of my favorite herbs.

  4. Sure it’s simple, but it’s also wonderful. So easy to prepare and you can’t really go wrong with roasted potatoes.

  5. You are so right – this is a simple but perfect dish. Now that spring is here, I have an abundance of fresh thyme and am happy to find recipes to put it to good use. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. You said it very rightly – sometimes the predicted food should be on table, it makes life easier! Looks gorgeous!

  7. Love love love the pastel tones! Simple yet elegant styling!
    Makes me hungry!

  8. Yum! I will have to try this. I usually like Rosemary but hubby doesn’t so maybe this can be our compromise!

  9. Often it is the most obvious, simply prepared foods that are the best. These roasted potatoes look wonderful!

  10. Wow… beauty is right here… Simple side… and just lovely

  11. Roasted potatoes are so delicious with thyme. One of my favorite side dishes. Simple, tasty and beautiful!

  12. One of the simplest foods I’ve ever come across that is just spanking beautiful. The taste of the rustic potato against tender fresh thyme and savoury salt – epic!

  13. these would be perfect with the steak we’re having tonight! Love a simple meat and potatoes meal =)

  14. Congrats on top 9. There is life after liption onion soup roasted potatoes. I think I’ll have my hand at my own spice blend.

  15. That is a simple side that will brighten up any meal. With fresh thyme in our pots and garden right now even more flavorful.

  16. I promised the kids diced-duck fat potatoes tonight and I am now wishing I hadn’t…these sound so fabulous! Congrats on the Foodbuzz Top 9 today, Lynda, and of course, another beauty photo!

  17. I absolutely love this dish, perfect combination, no need to change anything. You have done it so right that is why you are the top 9 today! Your photo is fabulous. Congratulations!

  18. deliciously done looks wonderful

  19. What a simply stunning photo – it just captured the essence of your dish. Simple foods are just sometimes the best. Congrats on the top 9!

  20. I love roasted potatoes. Although simple, you make them look beautiful! I always enjoy your photos.

  21. Lynda,
    Congratulations on your Foodbuzz Top 9!! The picture is fantastic and I’m sure this recipe is as well!
    I’m going to have to add this to our menu since your http://tastefoodblog.com/2009/11/19/sweet-potato-fries/ was such a huge hit!

  22. I must say that this picture is so beautiful.Looks straight from a cookbook.
    Glad to have found your blog. Love potatoes- anything this simple & tasty- always welcome!!

  23. I love these potatoes! They may be simple, but that can also be the best food ever! Congrats on the Top 9!

  24. These look so good, I want to make some soon!
    Thanks for sharing…. :)

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  26. I’ll vouch for these spuds! But try them with this pink salt from https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com I guarantee you’ll love ‘em even more! Or replace some spuds with sweet potatoes and/or onion chunks. Thanks for sharing an outstanding recipe! :-)

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