Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

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Roasted breakfast potatoes bring comfort to the table.

Breakfast Potatoes - Roasted breakfast potatoes beg to be eaten straight from the pan,

Cooking is my love language. I suppose that falls under acts of service, but it’s not really the same to me. After all, we all need to eat and procure food in some way, but how we go about it varies greatly.

Unlike a lot of other food writers, I didn’t learn how to cook from my grandmother or mother. Sure, there are a few things my mother helped me discover, like mixing up blueberry muffins, the indulgence of hot buttered rice-corn cereal, and fueling through coffee, but I had to search out my own path if I wanted to really embrace cooking. 

Breakfast Potatoes - Roasted breakfast potatoes bring comfort to the table.

That path often included venturing to a restaurant or twelve to figure out just how things were meant to be put together, from exquisite duck confit to rustic roasted potatoes.

Roasted potatoes to some are just a cast-off side dish, something they put together because they needed to round out the plate. But when cooked with the intention of love, they are transformed into bites that melt under the slightest nibble.

My favorite potatoes are served as a breakfast hash at a local restaurant in Austin. The chef owns multiple restaurants in the city, and at every place the food is crafted and served with clear intention.

Though some patrons might just be looking for a meatball sub on Friday night or a bowl of warm soup during lunch, each of those dishes is brought forth with care.

You can tell by how each garnish is placed just so, by the perfectly hand-formed dumplings, and by the way the wait staff enthusiastically recommends a dish they love themselves. This is true, good food, served without pretense.

Breakfast Potatoes - Potatoes

That’s how I have come to look at my own cooking, and realize that each ingredient and dish has a purpose beyond its surface. 

Touches like that are what makes chefs and artisans so special to my heart and creative mind. I absolutely love learning more about the story behind food, from craft coffee to DIY hot sauce. We can all use a little more caffeine and spice in our lives, right?

Breakfast Potatoes - This recipe for roasted breakfast potatoes is my version of the restaurant dish I love so much.

This recipe for roasted breakfast potatoes is my version of the restaurant dish I love so much. When you have a waiter groan with happiness every time they set a plate down, you need to figure out how to recreate that magic at home, don’t you think?

For my version, yellow potatoes are parboiled and then tossed in bacon fat with onions and peppers, sprinkled with seasoning, and roasted to perfection in the oven. The dish begs to be eaten straight from the pan, but hold off if you can and share as a brunch side or top with fried eggs for a breakfast for two.

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Roasted breakfast potatoes are a brunch staple. Top with an egg and you're set!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 152 kcal


  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, diced
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Set a pot of water to boil.
  • Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes. When water is boiling, add potatoes and baking soda and boil for 5 minutes. Drain potatoes.
  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove skillet from stove and place bacon on paper towels to drain.
  • Toss potatoes, onion, and pepper in the rendered bacon fat. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder and stir to coat.
  • Spread potatoes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • At 30 minutes, stir in bacon, then cook another five minutes.
  • Remove from oven, season to taste, and serve.


Calories: 152 kcalCarbohydrates: 29 gProtein: 5 gFat: 2 gSaturated Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 6 mgSodium: 718 mgFiber: 3 gSugar: 3 g
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  1. Now this is what I call food fit for the gods! A side more impressive than the meat course! You could even stretch it out with adding the scrambled eggs right into the dish, if’n you wanted to. A question, though – why the baking soda in the boiling water?

    1. @Hungry Barbara, It’s a trick I learned from America’s Test Kitchen – it helps to create a crispy exterior on the potatoes while maintaining soft, not starchy interior!

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