Baked Parmesan Potatoes

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Thank you to Luna, author of ‘Lil’ Luna’ recipe blog, for sharing her easy and scrumptious baked parmesan potatoes recipe with us. These baked potatoes have that signature-roasted quality along with the unique addition of parmesan cheese. The parmesan cheese makes these potatoes to-die-for because it crisps up and becomes golden brown on all the sides of the potato pieces. This potato recipe is not only chock full of cheesy taste but is also incredibly easy to make. It’s a one-pot potato recipe, so all you have to do is toss everything together and bake in the oven until the potatoes are cooked through and golden.

For really excellent savoury taste, Luna’s parmesan potato recipe uses a dried ranch seasoning mix. Using pre-made mixes are great time-saving tools when you are in a pinch and builds in flavour fast. It gives home cooks even more reason to fit this baked parmesan potato recipe into their weekly meal schedule because it’s simply a matter of tossing and baking. The only issue with store-bought ranch seasoning mixes is that they are often high in sodium. A ranch seasoning mix, like Hidden Valley, may contain 135 mg of sodium for just two tablespoons, so it could be beneficial to make your own ranch mix at home if you’re concerned about sodium intake. Just mix dried seasonings like buttermilk powder, onion and garlic powder, dried parsley, dill, chives, and salt and pepper together to achieve yummy ranch flavour. Making the ranch mix takes a few minutes extra time, but if you batch it up, you can place the mix in a jar and save it for the next time you choose to make this baked parmesan potato recipe.

Despite their ill reputation, potatoes are not that bad for you at all. Their bad rap comes from the different recipes for fried, greasy potatoes, like French fries, but potatoes in their most fundamental form, contain many nutrients. According to WH Foods, potatoes carry high amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and vitamin C, so it’s a good idea to keep potatoes in your regular meal rotation. They are highly varied too with there being red-skinned potatoes, purple potatoes, fingerling potatoes, russet potatoes, and yellow potatoes. Russets are the classic baking potato, but Luna uses red potatoes in her recipe, which are not as firm and bake a little faster. If you don’t like the skin on your potatoes, you can peel them, but consider keeping it for optimum nutrition. Moreover, if you choose to use red potatoes, this parmesan potato recipe will look so attractive on the table alongside a crispy roast chicken.

This baked potato recipe is so easy and tasty that it will make you want to serve this to your family repeatedly. It can accompany fast weeknight meals, just as well as your elaborate Sunday roast chicken. You can even make this cheesy baked parmesan potato recipe as a replacement to French fries along with your summer barbecue meal.

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