Fast oven roasted potatoes

"Love to serve these potatoes, when we are tired of mashed or baked. They are crispy on the outside and white and meaty inside. The microwave really speeds up the cooking time. Red potatoes work the best, they turn out on the sweet side, but regular Idaho or russets are fine. Margarine works the best, as butter tends to burn."
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  • Peel and quarter potatoes.
  • (If using reds that are blemish free, skins can be left on).
  • Place in microwavable bowl, with water.
  • Cover.
  • Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
  • Stir.
  • Microwave 5 more minutes.
  • (Potatoes may still be a little hard, that is okay) Drain.
  • Place in 8 x 8 oven baking dish.
  • Pour margarine over potatoes.
  • Place directly under broiler.
  • Broil until tops start to brown slightly all over.
  • (Approx. 6 minutes) Turn potatoes and broil until lightly golden on other side.
  • Remove and serve with salt and pepper.

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  1. Brenda C.
    So easy and just perfect! I scrubbed the russet potatoes and left the skin on. I added minced onion, minced garlic, and dried crushed rosemary to the stick of butter that I microwaved and poured over the microwaved potatoes before broiling. I salted the potatoes after roasting. The outside was crispy, and the inside was melt in your mouth delicious. These potatoes were better than the ones I roasted traditionally (sans microwave).
  2. itsmechrissyp
    This recipe saved my butt tonight. I was in a pinch and just barely made it home in time to get the chicken in the oven. There was no way I was going to have the typical hour to roast potatoes and this recipe made to happen! Easy microwave trick that I am sure to use again and again. Instead of salt and pepper, I used garlic salt and parsley flakes. I tried the olive oil at first, but adding the margarine (we used the canola blend butter-like stuff) was a noticeable improvement over the olive oil. Then we really went to town and added a sprinkle of Pecorino Romano cheese. My fiancé has already asked for these regularly. Thanks for this recipe!
  3. rachelfortuna
    Really easy and a great shortcut. The potatoes were a hit with my hub and two small kids, too. I had to broil them two extra times because I used too deep of a pan. Thanks for sharing!
  4. AmyMCGS
    I needed a quick side for supper last night and this worked well. I added some ranch dressing mix before broiling & used olive oil spray as the last reviewer suggested. I'll remember this method next time I'm in a hurry. Thanks!
  5. Jen T
    Have been doing my potatoes this way for years when I am in a hurry. Had never thought to post LOL. To make them lower in fat I just spray them with a fine mist of olive oil before putting under the broiler. Thanks for posting as I am sure there will be lots of others only to happy to have this recipe. :) Jenny


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