08 October 2006

Roasted Potatoes with Herbes de Provence


In October, even our weekends are busier than usual. Family and social obligations, getting the cars and house ready for winter, volunteering and having fun take time away from the kitchen.

So Sunday dinner was a bit rushed today. Meatloaf is one of my favorite comfort foods, but it's a bit plain, so I always try to dress it up a bit. This week, the "dressing" was a recipe I found on Epicurious. They call it "Potatoes Roasted with Olive Oil and Bay Leaves."

But I call it Potatoes with Herbes de Provence.


  • 8 medium red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 40 small bay leaves
  • one tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper


Pre-heat oven to 350. Wash potatoes but do not peel. Make 5-6 parallel slices in each potato, but do not cut all the way through. Tuck one bay leave into the cuts of each potato. Place potatoes in small, oven-proof dish that has been coated with olive oil. Drizzle with olive oil, coating evenly. Sprinkle salt, pepper, and herbes over the potatoes. Place in oven for about 55 minutes. Place under pre-heated broiler for about four minutes, until potatoes begin to brown. Remove bay leaves before serving.

The bay leaf imparts a delicate taste to the potatoes. I used small Yukon Gold, because that's what I found in the bottom of the crisper. All in all it was a good foil for the meatloaf, which was light but savory. Our vegetable was sliced tomatoes.

11 comments:

veuveclicquot said...

love the idea of putting bay leaves between the potato 'slices.' Brilliant!

Mimi said...

Wish I could claim it for my own! LOL.

With Yukon Gold, the effect is sweet and woodsy. I'll try red next time.

Husband said...

I love it, and really there aren't enough of these types of dishes being done by blogs. It is really a delicious looking dis. And I'm with the previous poster that the use of leaves is perfect.

Joe said...

Bravo! This looks so good Mimi

Jann said...

oh Mimi, tres bien.....voila! Complimentez le chef de ma part! What a wonderful blog....you have such a gift!

Mimi said...

Thanks! Merci!

It was certainly fun and easy to make — and that really matters at our house.

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous photo. Loving the potatoes with the herbs...

Ginger said...

That looks good, simple and elegant. Makes me wonder about different variations.

Katie said...

This sounds wonderful! I have a huge laurel (bay) tree on the way to my potager. This is the first good recipe I have seen that makes use of them! Thanks

Mimi said...

You have a tree of bay leaves! Ooh la la!

The very idea is charming.

Carole said...

How very pretty you made them look! Thanks for linking this in, Mimi. If you pop back in a while there should be quite a collection of inspirational potatoey stuff. Cheers