Auntie Faye’s Roasted Potatoes

by Meri on November 2, 2012









Growing up one of my favorite dishes was from my Auntie Faye. She wasn’t my real aunt, she was a close family friend of my parents. She was the one who always had fun games to play and would sneak food into our rooms at midnight during my parent’s New Year’s Eve parties. We’d pretend to sleep with our eyes half open for the moment she’d creep into the dark room and say, “shhhhh…don’t tell your parents”, as she’d bring us plates of crackers and cheese. I’m sure my parents knew but the secret was always exciting.

She used to make these amazing fried potatoes that I always loved. As I got older I tried to recreate them the best I could (although I’ve never gotten them perfect) and wanted to find a way to have them more often, meaning less fried.

While it’s not exactly the same, I found a way to create a similar dish by roasting the potatoes. The beauty is it’s such a simple recipe that you can use with any meal especially this Fall season. The trick, dried onion soup mix. The only seasoning you need for this dish. Look around for brands that don’t have too many fillers or MSG. You can also make your own mix pretty quickly.

I believe these potatoes are kid-friendly however, full disclosure: no matter what I try, my kids won’t eat potato products. No French fries, no mashed potatoes, no roasted potatoes. Once in awhile Birdie will eat this recipe but still won’t touch a French fry…weird, I know. You’ll have to report back to me if your kids enjoyed this recipe.

Auntie Faye’s Roasted Potatoes


2 to 3 pounds small red or white potatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 package of dried onion soup mix (about 1 to 2 tablespoons home-made)


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees

2.  Quarter or halve the potatoes and place them into a large mixing bowl

3.  Mix together the potatoes, oil and onion soup mix until well blended

4.  Pour evenly on cookie sheet and bake until fork-tender, brown and crisp

Note: keep in mind, you need to season this to taste with the onion soup mix. I like it a little on the light flavor side so explore how much seasoning you like just as long as you know, the more seasoning, the more sodium.

For the REAL Auntie Faye Potatoes…

Use Baker potatoes, slice them into thin rounds, mix with onion soup mix and fry in a pan with 2 to 3 tablespoons oil until crispy and fork tender. Yum!



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

esther November 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I have been making these for years with the onion soup mix! I also sometimes add garlic, onions and toss mushrooms in at the end. Delish!


Meri November 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

That’s so funny Esther! Yum…I’ll have to add the other additions you suggest!


Nina November 3, 2012 at 3:48 am

I LOVE roasted potatoes! Thank you for sharing your recipe, or auntie Faye’s :)


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