Looking for a quick, yet scrumptious side dish for your next family gathering or neighborhood soirée? Look no further than these Crunchy Parmesan Potatoes! Simple and requiring just 10 minutes of prep time, this dish may seem straightforward, but the flavors pack a punch. The crispy exterior, paired with the creamy texture of the potatoes, is sure to be a hit. Add your preferred dipping sauce to elevate the taste even further. Without further ado, let’s dive into the recipe!
1/2 cup powdered Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes, purple or gold
Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
Preparation: Begin by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Mix Dry Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, panko breadcrumbs, and the spices (from garlic powder to black pepper). Ensure they are mixed well.
Prepare the Baking Dish: Drizzle and spread a thin, even layer of olive oil across the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Layer Cheese Mixture: Evenly spread the cheese and breadcrumb mixture over the base of the baking dish. Be cautious to avoid creating any clumps.
Potatoes: After washing the baby potatoes, cut them in half. Lay them with the flat side facing down over the cheese mixture in the baking dish.
Bake: Pop the dish into the oven and bake for about 30-40 minutes. The exact time might vary depending on the size of the potatoes. You’ll know they’re ready when the cheese has attained a golden-brown hue and the potatoes are tender—test by piercing with a fork.
Garnish and Serve: Once out of the oven, sprinkle some fresh parsley over the top for added color and freshness.
Pro Tip: Elevate the dish by serving with your go-to dipping sauce. Whether it’s a simple aioli, tangy barbecue sauce, or spicy sriracha mayo, these potatoes make for an excellent side dish or appetizer. Enjoy!