Secret Ingredient Crispy Roasted Potatoes Recipe: The Best Potatoes You've Ever Eaten? by Donna John

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9 months ago

Secret Ingredient Crispy Roasted Potatoes Recipe: The Best Potatoes You've Ever Eaten?

A post going around for the "best potatoes you'll ever taste" caught my eye. The poster said the secret to these potatoes was mayonnaise, and it was "time to release my potatoes to the world!!!" I know the power of mayonnaise to make chicken moist (check out this butterflied chicken recipe and crispy chicken recipe) and scrambled eggs fluffy, but produce crispy potatoes?

You know I had to make them immediately, but not before reading the comments. I read "nothing special" and "unfortunately, far from the best potatoes I have ever tasted." I also read comments from people who made them but tweaked the recipe, which is what I did.

The original recipe called for 3 tablespoons mayo, two cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and five potatoes, quartered. Calling for "five potatoes" seemed very vague to me, and I could already tell they needed a little something more. Plus, the potatoes were boiled first then broiled until tender for 10 minutes. Not being big on broiling, I changed the cooking method, too. Here is my version of this  roasted potato recipe, which was pretty darn tasty. I will make them again.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (use real mayonnaise, not light or vegan)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed (I pressed mine)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 heaping tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • seasoned salt, to taste (I used Morton Nature's Seasons)
  • 2 large russet potatoes, washed and cut into large wedges (I did not peel the potatoes)

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, garlic, oregano, parsley flakes, Parmesan cheese and seasoned salt, to taste, in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add the potatoes and toss well to coat.
  3. Put the potatoes on a lined baking sheet or into a baking pan in a single layer.
  4. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven until tender and crispy, about 25 to 30 minutes.

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Melissa Vickers
sounds yummy! I've heard of using mayo for the outside of grilled cheese (instead of any other oil or butter) and I think I tried that and it was good. I do put mayo in mashed potatoes (thanks to my mother-in-law) in addition to butter and some kind of milk (real or otherwise), and it makes them super creamy.
Elisa Schmitz
Um, YUM. I love your tweaks to the recipe, Donna John . Sounds like I need to make these, stat.
Rahbin Mawruhsin
I made this recipe, today. I love the soft potatoes with a bit of crunch.
However, the small garlic clove (I only used one clove, not a big fan) n the seasonings, I can do without.
But the mayo idea wasn't that bad.
Donna John
Glad you enjoyed them! Recipes are made to be tweaked so they're perfect for you. So no garlic! :-)

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