Recipe/ Sides/ Vegetarian

Super Crispy Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Confession: I’m irritably, a fairly upbeat & positive person – despite my better judgement. I also eat super crispy roasted breakfast potatoes.

Let me explain. I’ve been thinking a lot about positivity lately. If you got yesterday’s newsletter (if you didn’t, opt in now for the next one) you’ve heard a mini-rant about this. Well, I guess it was more about taking time out for me – or rather, time out for you. Time out for us. But it all stems from trying to find the happy when frankly, you just don’t feel happy.

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes -

So as I was just sayin’, I’m generally a fairly glass-half-full kinda gal. Except when it comes to breakfast potatoes.

That’s right. Breakfast potatoes. They have a history of being epically disappointing for me. Too many times have I ordered a side of breakfast potatoes and found them to be soggy, colorless or even worse – cooked from frozen – and just unceremoniously dumped on the plate. Too often, are they an after-thought to the breakfast-brunch-meal-paradigm. Too often, are they filler.

Skillet Roasted Potatoes -

Let me get one thing straight. I’m strictly a crispy potatoes person when it comes to breakfast potatoes. I don’t want ’em soft inside, crunchy outside. I don’t want ’em flavorless and greasy. I want ’em crispy, flavorful, and amazing through and through.

A bit of softness is okay but if they’re too starchy or potatoey (I know…) I’m not a happy girl. It’s for that reason alone that 99.9% of the time, I’ll elect not to order potatoes when I go for brunch. I’ll opt for the salad or extra toast or something more sinfully amazing like ….bacon. Or ham. Or sausage. Or any other pig based breakfast meat. Mmmmm… pig based breakfast meat.

Spicy Breakfast Potatoes -

That’s why I was inspired to make my own. As a general rule, if I’m craving something – be it pasta, mac and cheese (this doesn’t count as pasta – it’s a whole other food group onto itself) or in this case, breakfast potatoes – I make it myself. I know exactly how I like it. I know the right amount of crispy, the proper level of seasoning, and ultimately the kind of utensils I like to eat with.

…Yes. I’m picky about my forks. The way they sit in my hand, the general weight of them and even how they pierce the food is all very important to me. Don’t get me wrong – I won’t not go to a a restaurant because they have shoddy cutlery, but it definitely affects my dining experience.

…What? It’s my thing. And we all have our things…

Don’t we?

Easy Breakfast Potatoes -

So yes. I made breakfast potatoes. Super crispy roasted breakfast potatoes. They’re so simple. So quick. And so delicious – you might want to incorporate them into your brunch menu this weekend. I know I will be. And they’ll be damn good.

Skillet Breakfast Potatoes -

Super Crispy Roasted Breakfast Potatoes




Yield 4 servings


  • 3 Large Waxy Potatoes (or 1 Lb Fingerling Potatoes), washed & dried well.
  • 2 Tsp Smoked Paprika.
  • 1 Tsp Ground Mustard.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  • Coarse Sea Salt & White Pepper.
  • Parsley & Hot Sauce (optional) to serve.


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. As that heats, dice the potatoes into 1/2" pieces. Place in a shallow roasting pan with a good glug of olive oil, smoked paprika, ground mustard and a generous helping of salt and pepper. Toss well to coat.Place in oven and roast for approx. 30 minutes or until golden brown, shaking occasionally.
  3. Top with parsley and hot sauce if using.
  4. Eat.

Are you a positive person?  Do you like potatoes? What’s your favorite way to prepare them? Have any weird cutlery fetishes? 


  • Cathy Taughinbaugh
    January 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    These look delicious, Kristy! You’ve got me with this line, “I want β€˜em crispy, flavorful, and amazing through and through.” I like them that way too! Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be giving it a try!!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Ha! I’m glad we’re on the same page Cathy πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy!

  • Elle
    January 24, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Never really been a potato for breakfast kind of gal, but I do believe you’ve just changed my mind Kristy. These look delish. And I’m so glad I’m not the only one with a fork fetish…how they feel in my hand matters to me too and here I thought I was all alone! πŸ™‚

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 24, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      I absolutely agree Elle! Hence, the rant! hahahaha… (there must be more of us fork fetishers out there…)

  • Jessica Sweet
    January 24, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Any recipe that calls for a “glug” of something is one I can make, and when the last instruction on the page is “EAT,” you know I’ll be back for more! Thanks!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      I prefer glugs to actual measurements Jessica – why restrict ourselves by cups and teaspoons? Cooking should be more fun than that!

  • Juliette
    January 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    As soon as I hear the word crispy I open ears and eyes.. I looove everything crispy, and these potatoes must be deliciously crispy! yum!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      Thank you Juliette!!! (you just made my day. I was thinking about you the other day – I’m so glad you’re still around) xoxoxo!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    January 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Hear hear, lady! I am a crispy breakfast potato gal too!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      That’s why we’re friends. πŸ˜‰

  • Betsy/Zen Mama
    January 25, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    I am so making these this weekend, esp. because my college kids will be home! So glad to have found your blog!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Thank you so much Betsy! I hope you all enjoy!! Do let me know how they work out for you and have a great weekend with the kiddos!

  • Vidya Sury
    January 25, 2014 at 3:37 AM

    Drooling all over my keyboard. Love crisp potatoes!

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Ha!! And I adore YOU Vidya! Thank you for your support and taking the time to comment πŸ™‚

  • Zeenat {}
    January 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Darling Kristy,
    I love love love potatoes in any shape, size or form…literally! That being said, my craziest combination is Hot crispy french fries dipped in vanilla ice cream! Ok…I know it sounds weird…but its so yummy πŸ™‚
    I am definitely going to try your crispy potato recipe. My tummy will send you happy waves πŸ˜‰
    Much Love,

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      WHAT? I need to try this hot french fries in ice cream situation. That’s insane Zeenat! But I’m intrigued πŸ˜‰ I like you, like my potatoes in any way, shape or form. Often, cooked in duck fat. Now THAT with ice cream would be intense.


  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    January 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    My name is Meghan, and I’m addicted to potatoes. All kinds, all types except those crappy home fries you get at a second rate restaurant. When I’m not roasting them, I will parboil them before sautΓ©ing them in olive oil with shallots, peppers and seasonings. The parboiling prevents the stick to the pan yucky chewiness you get with badly done potatoes. Love me some potatoes.

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      Hi Meghan. (i wish you could hear me say that in my head because it’s like, 50 of me in unison… like if we were at an PA meeting)…

      PS. I never think to parboil my potatoes but you’re right – that’s an excellent way to activate the starches and and keep them from sticking to the pan. Note to self: will parboil next time πŸ™‚

  • Teresa, foodonfifth
    January 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Kristy….cutlery fetishes I certainly have…I only eat with a certain fork and I have favorite spoons for different things…cereal….soups….yogurt. The same goes with bowls, plates and glasses!
    Love your wonderful looking potatoes. I have personally never met a potato I did not like. Great post.

    • Kristy Gardner
      January 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

      YES! John always teases me because I make him switch forks with me if he gives me the wrong one. And the same absolutely goes for glasses and plates! I’m so glad I’m not alone!

      …..also, I’m not sure if it says something about me that by my mid-thirties I don’t have one matching set of cutlery in my house or not, but I figure it gives my cutlery drawer style πŸ˜‰


  • Kirsten
    January 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    I’m craving these potatoes thanks to your photos. They look so crispy!
    I’m more of a soft inside/crispy outside person, and learned from my late grandma-in-law to specify extra crispy while I was ordering when we’d go out. She liked her potatoes like she liked her bacon–extra crispy.
    I’m an inveterate optimist–need to be.
    No weird cutlery fetishes, but I don’t like to stick giant cutlery in my mouth.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Thank you Kirsten!! I totally understand. Potatoes are a very subjective thing πŸ™‚ I’m with your Grandma though – I like ’em crispy! My bacon on the other hand, I like with a little bend.

      PS. Sticking anything giant in our mouths is never fun…..

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt
    February 12, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    This dish looks so delicious! My sister is the queen of breakfast potatoes (it’s really the only thing she knows how to make in the kitchen) so she would probably love this.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      hahahahaha – that’s awesome Abbie! I wonder what I would be the Queen of….? Hm…

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  • Indre @ cupcakesnmiracles
    February 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I just love potatoes. And your recipe is going to be done next Saturday – I think my man will be happy with it and some sausages baked together. Thanks!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:03 AM

      Awesome Indre!! Sausages are a fabulous addition. Hope he (and you) enjoy them! πŸ™‚

  • lalaine
    February 24, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Home fries are my favorite comfort food and your recipe sounds so good. I will try it this weekend and will throw in some sweet peppers and onions for good measure. πŸ™‚


    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:04 AM

      Thanks lalaine! I think potatoes are meant to be paired with sweet peppers. Roasted ones. mmmmmm….