Tattooed Potatoes with Rosemary Recipe

Tattooed Potatoes with Rosemary is one of those dishes that everyone loves and wants to know how to make them – so be prepared.  It is simple and enormously appealing side dish with fresh rosemary leaves in the baked potatoes.  Actually, any fresh herbs of your choice will work in this recipe.  These potatoes look so lovely on the plate.

This recipe has been adapted from the cookbook Olive Oil – From Tree to Table, by Peggy Knickerbocker.  Photo from California Olive Ranch.

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Tattooed Potatoes


Tattooed Potatoes with Rosemary Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tattooed Potatoes with Rosemary Recipe
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Wash and dry the potatoes, leaving the skin on.  Cut each potato in half lengthwise.  Bake approximately 40 to 45 minutes or until nicely browned.

  3. Pour the olive oil into a medium-sized glass baking dish and add the salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.

  4. Note:  A glass dish works well because you can check for doneness by carefully holding the dish overhead and looking to see if the potatoes are browned.  When you do this, be careful not to spill the hot oil.  A metal pan will do, too, but testing for doneness will not be as easy.

  5. Press a rosemary sprig or parsley leaf on the cut side of each potato half and place cut-side down in the olive oil.

  6. While the potatoes are cooking, using a spatula, gently move them every now and then to keep them from sticking.

  7. Potatoes are done if tender when pierced with a fork and the Internal temperature reaches 210 degrees F. You can also u-sse a meat thermometer to test for doneness.  You can also test for doneness by gently squeezing the middle of the potato (using a pot holder).  If it gives in easily to your touch, it is done.

  8. When they are ready, remove them from the pan, turning them flat side up and carefully leaving the pressed herb in place.

  9. Arrange on a platter and serve immediately.

  10. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Recipe Notes

 Tattooed Potatoes with Rosemary* When shopping for potatoes, look for potatoes that are firm and smooth.  Avoid potatoes with wrinkled or wilted skins, soft dark areas, cut surfaces, and those that are green in appearance.  

If you need several potatoes for your recipe that you are making, choose ones that are similar in size for even cooking.


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