Nana Banana’s
Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes

Can you believe we’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving?  My household is hosting this year and I’m still running around trying to get the menu together for Turkey Day.

A few years ago, my mom (AKA Nana Banana) hosted the big Thanksgiving dinner and she made these herb-roasted red potatoes.

I just realized I never shared the recipe and pictures from that day before.

So, if you’re stumped for a great side for your table, consider this savory dish.

red roasted potatoes

Leave the skins on the potatoes for this savory dish which has the perfect blend of herbs and seasonings that really brings out the flavor.

There’s very little preparation for these potatoes and you’ll find the recipe (which you can print out) further down in this post.

Scrub the potatoes thoroughly.

Nana's potatoes

Slice them in half and coat in olive oil, salt and pepper.

Break off small twigs of fresh rosemary and thyme and press the twigs into the open slice of each potato.

Place the potatoes in the baking dish with the sliced side down and bake for about 35 minutes until the potato is tender when pierced with a fork.

red potatoes in oven

The potatoes are oh-so pretty when pulled out of the oven and they smell good too.

There’s also a subtle crisp around the edges of the potato which give each bite a bit of light, crispy goodness.

roasted potatoes and rosemary

I really like this picture of Nana Banana.

As I recall, my mom was looking at my dad when I snapped this photo of her walking out of her kitchen with her roasted red potatoes.

Thanksgiving 2014 was the final one we shared with my dad who passed away a few weeks before Christmas last year.

roasted potatoes

Nana Banana's Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Mini red-skinned potatoes, seasoned with fresh herbs make for a savory and satisfying addition to your holiday dinner menu.
Servings: 8
  • 3 lbs red-skinned potatoes about 2-inches round
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs
  1. Heat oven to 425
  2. Scrub the potatoes well and dry them completely. Keep the potato skins on and cut them in half. Place potatoes in a large bowl and add olive oil, coating them.
  3. Cut potatoes in half and place in a bowl along with the olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Break off pieces of rosemary or thyme and press into the cut side of the potatoes. Place the potatoes in a large baking dish with the cut-side down. Make sure they're placed about 1-inch apart.
  5. Roast the potatoes for about 35-minutes or until the potatoes are fork-tender and the brown side is browned.

red potatoes

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by.

See you back here next time.



  • Cameron Oglesby

    Love you mama! I really like your blog’s aesthetic! XOXOXOXOXO

  • PLTM

    Great pix of Mom! The site looks fantastic, Lisa. Congrats!

  • SuzKuhns

    I made these for Thanksgiving. I’m a horrible cook, so I’m always looking for recipes that look like I can make without destroying them. My son was not only impressed, he asked for the recipe! He’s a great cook. I keep telling him he should thank me because he learned to cook out of necessity! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Yay! Thanks so much for telling me Suz. So glad they turned out nicely for you. I’ll definitely pass that along to my mom. Happy holidays!

  • [email protected] Designs

    I am so happy that you shared your Nana Banana’s herb potato recipe…would never have thought to press the herbs into the potato….I too love the picture of her … priceless…Definitely a look of true love….and I believe I have that very same vegetable dish…Limoges, right? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family….I am so very sorry for the loss of your father…I too lost my dad too soon and memories are the greatest at Thanksgiving as it was his very favorite holiday….just family getting together counting our blessings and enjoying each other over wonderful food.

  • Pink Camellias

    Those look good! I love roasted potatoes!

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