Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ranch Roasted Potato Hearts

Ranch Roasted Potato Hearts with a BLT - a great dinner!

I came across some Roasted Potato Hearts on Pinterest, originally from Haniela's blog. I had never thought to use a cookie cuter to make shapes out of potatoes, but I love the idea and incorporated it here into one of my favorite, easiest recipes: Ranch Roasted Potatoes.  The recipe below is for simple Ranch Roasted Potatoes. To make the hearts, just use a cookie cutter after slicing the potatoes and follow the rest of the instructions as listed. Even just a handful of hearts (or any shape) makes these already-good potatoes a little extra special. 

Ranch Roasted Potatoes
This is my ‘go to’ side dish that works with almost any meal. I got the original recipe from my mom, and I make several variations of it. My favorite is to actually omit the ranch dressing mix and season instead with salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder.  Sometimes I top with cheese (I like parmesan or cheddar on these) before baking. 

So, really, the recipe could go like this: cube some potatoes; put 'em in a Ziploc freezer bag with a little olive oil; toss to coat; add some seasonings and maybe some cheese; bake for 30 minutes at 450. But here's the "official" recipe:

1 packet Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing Mix
2 lbs small red potatoes, sliced or cubed
Enough olive oil to lightly coat potatoes - about 1-2 tablespoons

Place potatoes in large plastic (freezer) bag. Add olive oil and toss to coat.  Add dressing mix (or spices/seasoning) to bag and toss again. Bake on baking sheet lined with foil at 450 for 30 minutes or until potatoes are browned. 

I sliced my potatoes on my mandolin at 3/8"

As you can see, I only did a few hearts and then quickly cut up the remaining potatoes.

Love, Lauren


  1. What a cute idea! Colin is working on shapes in school. He would love for his food to mirror what he is doing in school. xoxxo

    Now, if only you would post your meal plan for the week!

    1. That's a great idea, Anne - food to match shapes learned in school! I have been "off" with meal planning for a few weeks... once I feel like I have it together again, I'll try to post something here!