WHAT ARE THE BEST POTATOES FOR ROASTING
These potatoes are crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. They’re full of flavor and offer the best of both worlds.
What are the best potatoes for roasting? Crispy on the outside, creamy inside, and full-flavored, these potatoes have it all.
Crispy, tender potatoes are one of the most delicious sides. But which potato gives you the best results? Imagine a potato spectrum, if you will. One side is “waxy”, while the other is “starchy”. You want to find a balance between the extremes when roasting.
Starchy potatoes are crisp on the outside but lose their shape when roasted. This results in a fluffy center and a less flavorful, creamy potato. Waxy potatoes, on the other side, retain their shape when roasted but don’t crisp as well and take longer to cook.
Is there a potato that falls somewhere in the middle between starchy and waxy? Yes, there is!
The Best: Yukon Gold Potatoes
It is a great choice for roasting the Yukon Gold potato, which is also one of our favorite potatoes. They are thin in the skin, so they cook quickly and retain their shape well. If you have ever tried a Yukon Gold potato, then you will know that their creamy, buttery center is what makes them stand out. This makes them great for roasting.
Other Types Of Potatoes For Roasting
Although russet potatoes are not our favorite, red potatoes and red potatoes make great candidates for roasting.
Another popular choice for roasting is the Russet potato. These potatoes tend to be more starchy, which gives them a crisp crust. The starchy flesh of Yukon Gold potatoes will produce a more creamy result when it is cooked. Because they can be cut into steakhouse-style wedges, Russet potatoes make a great choice for oven baked fries.
They are more waxy and have a smoother skin which means they will hold their shape well when roasted. They can take some time to get crisp due to their low starch content and high moisture content.
Perfectly crisp potatoes are not only about variety but also about size. Cut your potatoes into two-inch pieces for a crispy result.
If you are buying potatoes in bulk, make sure they are uniformly sized so they all cook at the exact same time. If your potatoes come in different sizes or shapes, you might need to halve some larger ones and cut some smaller ones so that they cook at the same rate.
How To Roast Potatoes
To get the best outer texture, cook potatoes quickly at 400 to 475 degrees F.