This Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes recipe is a great easy side dish! The potatoes are baked until crispy and tossed in homemade ranch seasoning.
These Roasted Ranch Potatoes are a new favorite around here - They taste like if a red potato and your favorite potato chip had a baby.
It is my firm belief that you can never have too many potato recipes. Potatoes are great because they're versatile. They can be taken in so many different directions each one more delicious than the other.
They're also cheap and a bag of them will last a good while if properly stored. One of the biggest reasons I'm excited for summer this year is the fact that we're going to dedicate, like, a quarter of our garden to potatoes - Red potatoes to be exact.
Each variety of potato is great in their own way but I am partial to red potatoes. The flavor is unbeatable and lends itself to all kinds of flavors.
- How To Make Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes
- Do I Need To Peel The Potatoes First?
- Do I Need To Use Red Potatoes?
- How To Make Ranch Seasoning From Scratch
- How Long To Cook Roasted Potatoes
- Toss The Roasted Potatoes In Ranch Seasoning
- How Much Ranch Seasoning Should I Use?
- How Should I Store Any Leftover Seasoning?
- What To Serve With Ranch Roasted Potatoes
- Can Ranch Potatoes Be Frozen?
- Can I Use A Premade Ranch Seasoning Packet?
- Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes
How To Make Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes
When deciding what direction to take this recipe I browsed my most popular posts from the past six months or so and saw that two of the top performing ones were these Herb Roasted Potatoes and this Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing.
It seemed like a logical pairing as ranch is one of those flavors that makes everything better. You can elevate everything from crackers to salads to chicken by tossing in a few tablespoons of ranch seasoning.
Do I Need To Peel The Potatoes First?
It is not necessary to peel the potatoes but washing and/or scrubbing them is a good idea as it removes excess dirt and bacteria.
- The first step is to thoroughly wash and rinse 8-10 red potatoes. It's important to remove any excess dirt, bacteria, and pesticides. The best way to do this is to run them under warm water and scrub with a vegetable brush or so soak them in a bowl of water for 20 minutes.
- Dry the potatoes completely with a towel after washing.
- Dice the potatoes after they've dried. Try to make sure the pieces are relatively uniform in size to ensure even cooking.
Do I Need To Use Red Potatoes?
You can use any variety of potatoes you have on hand but a waxy variety such as red potatoes, Yukon Gold, or fingerlings will work best.
These waxy varieties contain less starch and retain their texture better as they roast in the oven.
How To Make Ranch Seasoning From Scratch
If you've never made your own ranch seasoning you're in for a treat! This stuff is super tasty and so easy to throw together.
Making your own gives you all that great ranch flavor without the added preservatives and sodium.
Here's What You'll Need To Make It:
- ¼ cup Dried Buttermilk
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 tsp. Dried Parsley
- 1 tsp. Dried Dill
- 1 tsp. Dried Chives
- ¼ tsp. Kosher Salt and Pepper
- Simply combine all of these ingredients in a small bowl and stir until completely combined using a fork or a small whisk.
You should be able to find these spices in the baking aisle of your local grocery store along with the dried buttermilk.
Make sure the brand of buttermilk you purchase does not contain gluten if that is a concern for you.
How Long To Cook Roasted Potatoes
Once the potatoes are diced and the ranch seasoning prepared it's time to roast the potatoes.
This recipe calls for 8-10 red potatoes and I found it best to use 2 separate baking sheets as this many potatoes crowded onto 1 baking sheet causes them to steam instead of roast.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Divide the diced potatoes between 2 different baking sheets. Drizzle 1 ½ Tbsp. or so of olive oil onto each baking sheet (3 Tbsp. total) and sprinkle ⅛ tsp. kosher salt and pepper onto each pan (¼ tsp. total).
- Toss the potatoes in the olive oil and spices until completely coated.
- Place the baking sheets in the oven for 30 minutes. At the 15-minute mark switch the position of the baking sheets (this helps to ensure that the potatoes roast evenly).
- After 30 minutes remove the baking sheets from the oven.
A Few Notes About Roasting Potatoes:
- I found that rotating the baking sheets allows the bottom of the potatoes roast evenly so I recommend not skipping this step.
- The potatoes should be golden brown and slightly crispy when finished roasting. Cooking times may vary slightly depending on preference but 30 minutes is a good average.
Toss The Roasted Potatoes In Ranch Seasoning
- As soon as the potatoes are out of the oven toss them with a wooden spatula to ensure than none of them have stuck to the pans.
- Divide the ranch seasoning and sprinkle half over each pan.
- Toss the potatoes in the ranch seasoning until completely coated.
How Much Ranch Seasoning Should I Use?
You can use as much or as little of the ranch seasoning as you like. If you just want a hint of ranch flavor use a bit and if you love it like I do go all out.
How Should I Store Any Leftover Seasoning?
Any unused ranch seasoning may be stored in an airtight container in the fridge up to 3 months. You can use it any way you like.
It's important to add the ranch seasoning right after the potatoes come out of the oven to ensure that it sticks to them properly.
I tested this recipe multiple times by baking the ranch seasoning with the potatoes as opposed to adding it after and found this method to be MUCH more flavorful.
Love sweet potatoes? Check out these recipes!
- BBQ Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Kale Soup
- Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash
- Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls
- Sweet Potato Tacos
What To Serve With Ranch Roasted Potatoes
These Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes are so flavorful you might just want to eat them on their own. That ranch seasoning and the crispy potatoes makes them downright snack-worthy.
You can go the breakfast route and serve them alongside eggs, in a burrito, or a Ham and Cheese Frittata.
Can Ranch Potatoes Be Frozen?
This is one of those dishes that's best eaten fresh so I do not recommend freezing it. The freezing process may affect the texture of the potatoes.
This is an easy dish to whip up and is best enjoyed right away.
Can I Use A Premade Ranch Seasoning Packet?
You can definitely use a premade ranch seasoning packet or shaker if that's what you have on hand. I'm all about convenience when the occasion calls for it and if that's what you've got I say go for it.
I will also say that homemade is always better so that's my recommendation if possible. Trust me, once you try DIY ranch seasoning you won't want to go back!
Love potatoes? Check out these recipes!
- Chunky Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Ham and Potato Soup
- Crockpot Chicken Potato Soup
- Mediterranean Potato Salad
- Spanish Potato Salad
- Curried Cauliflower Potato Soup
- Thai-Style Potato Corn Chowder
- Sheet Pan Sausage and Potatoes
- Au Gratin Potatoes
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Ranch Roasted Red Potatoes
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Thoroughly wash and dry 8-10 red potatoes.
- Dice the potatoes making sure they are relatively the same size to ensure even cooking.
For The Ranch Seasoning:
For The Potatoes:
- Divide the diced potatoes between 2 baking sheets. Drizzle 1 ½ Tbsp. or so of olive oil over each baking sheet and sprinkle ⅛ tsp. of kosher salt and pepper over each baking sheet (using 3 Tbsp. olive oil and ¼ tsp. salt and pepper total). Toss until completely combined.
- Place the baking sheets in the oven and roast for 30 minutes. Rotate the pans and switch baking racks at the 15-minute mark to ensure that both pans roast evenly.
- Remove the pans after 30 minutes or so and immediately sprinkle desired amount of ranch seasoning over each baking sheet. You can use as much or as little of the seasoning as you like.
- Toss the potatoes in the seasoning until completely coated and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, or dill (optional).