Mean's Basque Potatoes

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins

A spicy full flavored version of roasted baby potatoes. I adopted this from the Recipezaar account and I am the very happy new owner of such a winner :) Now that I have made it several times myself, I totally agree with reviewers recomendations to add carrots to this too. I have also added cubed sweet potato, but be aware that they will be fairly soft, rather than crunchy like the potatoes. A firm favourite in our home from now on ! Enjoy :) Oven time depends on how much you are making.. mine took 45 minutes for the potatoes to be nice and crunchy. It serves 4 at our place... 6 would be fighting each other for the biggest serving LOL.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In large pan, melt butter in oil over moderate heat.
  3. Add garlic, parsley, thyme, rosemary, paprika and cayenne.
  4. Add potatoes and toss well.
  5. Roast, basting until potatoes are tender.
  6. Season.


Most Helpful

I love cooking with fresh herbs, Rosemary thrives in the desert, Thyme survives in partial shade, but parsley has a short life cycle in a hot climate. I would make this again even if I had to purchase the herbs. I used red skin potatoes and had to substitute sweet paprika. Basting with the garlic and herb butter-oil resulted in beautifully browned potatoes with the flavors of Rosemary, Thyme, and garlic enhanced by a bit of heat from the red pepper. Thanks Mean Chef!

Lorac September 15, 2002

Easy side-dish. The spices added color and flavor to what often becomes(yawn)just another potato dish. This a good dish to consider when you are cooking for a crowd.

TammieV November 16, 2002

A fabulously easy and scrumptious side dish. Nice crisped potatoes with a little kick of heat. Mine took almost an hour to bake. ***UPDATE*** These are so good, I had to comment again. This time I added some grated pecorino during the last 15 minutes of baking. It made a nice, crunchy topping for the potatoes.

s'kat March 31, 2003

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