The Easy, Cheesy Roasted Potato Recipe That Will Be the Star of Any Meal

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Whether the star of your Easter feast is a baked ham or a juicy leg of lamb, no holiday table is complete without some delicious side dishes. And when it comes to sides, it's hard to go wrong with a potato, especially a crispy potato with crackly, salty edges and a creamy, fluffy center.

Much like a good life partner (and really, who isn't in a long-term committed relationship with potatoes?), the best part about crispy potatoes is how you can find new ways to love them—be it in old cookbooks, via your chef-husband, or on the world wide web. And if you're not as chronically online as we are, allow us to play Easter bunny and provide you with an early holiday gift: the viral crispy Parmesan-crusted potatoes. 

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Ingredients for Parmesan-Crusted Potatoes

These show-stopping roasted potatoes went viral in 2023 and continue to make rounds on the Internet. The dish combines a crispy, ASMR-ready Parmesan crust with tender, perfectly roasted Yukon gold potatoes. Apart from the namesake ingredients, you will also need olive oil, dried parsley, garlic powder, salt and unsalted butter.

When choosing a potato for this recipe, you want a smaller variety with a high starch content and low moisture. This combination of attributes will help the potatoes cook up crispy and crackly on the outside and fluffy inside. Yukon golds and new potatoes both work great in this recipe. And for the best Parmesan crust, your best bet is to buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself.

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How to Make Parmesan-Crusted Potatoes

In many roasted potato recipes, you mix the potatoes with your seasonings right on the baking sheet. This recipe is a bit more precise than that, but it's still not difficult.

Start by preheating the oven to 425°. Rinse the potatoes and cut each one in half. Using a sharp knife, cut a cross-hatch pattern in the cut side of each potato. This little grid pattern will help make sure that the seasoning gets into the potato. Transfer the potatoes to a large mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, dried parsley, garlic powder and salt.

Next up? The Parmesan crust. Grate some Parmesan cheese and mix in enough melted butter to create a thick paste. How much Parm? If you go by @kalejunkie's recipe, you'll want "a boatload." Spread that mixture in an even layer in a large baking dish. Press the potatoes, cut side down, into the Parmesan paste, snuggling them next to each other each tightly.

Bake until the potatoes are tender and the Parm is brown and bubbly, which should take around 25 minutes. Let the potatoes rest for 10 minutes. This rest gives the cheese enough time to firm and become a truly satisfying crust.

The viral TikTok Parmesan-crusted potatoes make a delicious side dish or snack, and their crispy, cheesy exterior is sure to be a hit at your Easter meal (or any meal really). Consider this recipe the baseline—feel free to have fun with it! Customize the seasonings, the type of cheese, and even the potato variety to make the recipe your own.

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