Roasted Potatoes with Sea Salt and Thyme

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 thoughts on “Roasted Potatoes with Sea Salt and Thyme

  1. 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! 😀

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

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

  11. 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!!

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