Made this for the family tonight as a change of pace and everyone loved it!

I love red petite potatoes because in addition to the attractive bright skin color, they offer a combination of fast cooking time, excellent flavor and are receptive to spicy seasonings.

I also enjoy grape tomatoes, usually in a salad or a standalone snack.  With a higher sugar content than many cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes have become fast food, finger food and kid-friendly. They have a long shelf life, and unlike most cherry tomatoes, can be eaten neatly in one bite, making them a squirt-free choice for social occasions.

The following recipe that combines these two, makes for a great change of pace side dish.  This dish accompanied our Roasted Chicken and Italian Pole Beans earlier tonight.

Roasted Petite Red Potatoes and Grape Tomatoes

  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees F,
  • Rub potatoes with softened butter or olive oil,
  • Toss in a bowl with salt, fresh cracked pepper and Italian seasoning to thoroughly coat,
  • Place potatoes in a roasting pan and roast for about 30 minutes or until softened, turning frequently to brown all sides,
  • Add tomatoes about 15 minutes prior to pulling the entire dish out of the oven.

Roasted Petite Red Potatoes & Grape Tomatoes

Roasted Petite Red Potatoes & Grape Tomatoes

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My family and I love baked potatoes! The perfect baked potato has crisp golden skin on the outside and is pure white and fluffy on the inside. This recipe, that I use all the time, creates just that. The the skin as yummy as the inside!

Great Baked Potato

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Ready In: 65 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • Baking type potatoes, like Russet
  • Olive Oil / Vegetable Oil
  • McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Adjust the rack in your oven to the middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse and scrub each potato under running water, as we will be eating the skins of these perfect potatoes. Dry each potato thoroughly.
  3. Pierce each deeply with a fork or sharp knife four times on each side at approximately 1″ intervals. This will allow steam to escape or the potato may explode during baking.
  4. Rub the potato with olive oil or vegetable oil over the skins.
  5. Roll the potatoes in McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning before bake. Place seasoning onto a small plate. Roll potatoes lightly in the seasoning.
  6. Bake for 45 – 60 minutes at 400 degrees F.