Bay Leaf Infused Roasted Potatoes


I don’t mean to scare anyone but honestly once you hit 40 your eye sight starts to diminish.  I am way over 40 and so I know what I am talking about.  I have been drinking carrot juice since I was 17 years old and I think that little tidbit is a myth.  Have you ever tried to pluck your eyebrows looking in the mirror through your bi-focals?  Let me tell you it is not easy, in fact it is near impossible.  You have to get right up in the mirror and then lift your glasses to the bi-focal area and try to see and pluck at the same time.  Yeah, right.  Or you could go to the hair and nail salon and have them do it for you.  Just what I always wanted, put some wax on a sensitive skin area and then take tape and rip those little hairs right out.  I swear I nearly slapped that lady.  OUCH!!  I definitely don’t recommend you doing the wax deal yourself either.  I tried that and burned my eyebrow skin, not a pretty sight.  Lucky thing I wear long bangs because I had a meeting the next day.

Solution – I just don’t look at them anymore, I can’t see them anyway.  Nobody would have the nerve except my daughter or my sister to tell me that I need to do something with those brows.

So sorry, I don’t know what got into me.

Ok, so let’s move on.

I meant to post these roasted potatoes  as a side dish for Easter but somehow or I should say as usual I got backed up and missed sharing this until now.

One of my blogging pals hates yellow potatoes, I think these are the ones she means although I call them white potatoes.   I wonder how sweet potatoes and bay leaves would taste?  I am going to try that sometime.   This simple potato recipe is delicate yet hearty as potatoes usually are.  The aroma from the bay leaves cooking really permeates through the house and makes you hungry.  A very simple side dish to prepare.

Depending on how many to serve – one potato per person


bay leaves

1 cup vegetable broth

spray olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400.  Wash and scrub the potatoes if you are leaving the skins on, or  if you like peel them.  Slice the potatoes but not all the way through, you want them to hold together in a fan shape.  Spray a baking dish with oil and place the potatoes in the prepared dish. Put a bay leaf in between each potato slice.  Pour the broth over the potatoes and season liberally with salt and pepper.  I added sliced onions because I love cooked onions.   Bake for about 50-60 minutes until tender and starting to brown.



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37 Responses to Bay Leaf Infused Roasted Potatoes

  1. These look great! What a creative use for bay leaves.

  2. I can so identify with the eyebrow plucking dilemma. Trying to do it with glasses on is no fun. Thanks for this recipe, bay leaves are one of my favorite seasonings. Tried them with sweet potatoes before and they are yummy!

  3. what lovely recipe. will defiantly give try.

  4. Tasty! I like the way the potatoes look with all those individual slices. The bay must really infuse the potato with flavor.

  5. Ann

    These potatoes are stunning! GREAT photos! I completely understand about turning 40. I got bifocals at 27 and TRIfocals and my first cavity at 40. I feel your pain!

  6. What a gorgeous dish! These photos are amazing.

  7. Now this is a great and tasty way to use bay leaves!

  8. Love the idea of using bay leaf. Your potatoes look so perfect.

  9. Ha, I read once, when I was very young, that drinking carrot juice, and eating carrots in general will help your night-vision. I started inhaling carrots thinking I’d suddenly have super-human vision in the dark… yeah, that didn’t work so well :D

    These look wonderful Suzi – simple but rich in flavour and delicious. A perfect accompaniment to a nice roast dinner I’ll bet. I’m out of bay leaves at the moment… Should really get some more sometime – thanks for sharing this inspiring dish… I can see this on my sunday lunch table soon I think :)

  10. Such a flavorful and fantastic way to cook potato!

  11. Liz

    Wait till you get to be my age, Suzi! I can SO relate!

    Love these potatoes…so pretty! And I bet they taste wonderful~

  12. Hello Suzi
    Thanks for introducing me to your blog. I love any dish with potatoes and recently I have been cooking with purple potatoes and yes, they just taste similar to white or red ones. I will try your recipe with my bag of purple potatoes.

    PS: About the use of curry leaves in “adai” batter, yes add finely chopped curry leaves and leave them in the batter. You will love its smell and flavor.

    • Suzi

      Aw thank you for stopping by. I have tried the purple potatoes and you are right they do taste just like the white ones. I only recently became familiar with curry leaves from another blogger friend. It took me a while but I finally found a market that has them. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  13. I’m not quite 40 and my eyes stink too – it seems they are way more susceptible to stress than they were when I was younger. But boy howdy can I tell when I’m tired!

    • Suzi

      Funny, I used to be a bit near sighted but now I have perfect distance vision but can’t see close up at all. I had the doctor prescribe lenses that are clear on top and progressive lenses at the bootom for the bi-focal. I wear them all the time. LOL. Thanks for stopping by and I hope all is well with you and your move.

  14. I am soooo making these tonight!

  15. Wow! Putting bay leaf in potato slits is such a brilliant idea. I use bay leaf but mostly in the seasoning. Would love to try it this way.

  16. Can’t wait to try this with bay leaf! I’m a big potato fan and try all kinds of recipes.
    p.s. threading is a way to remove hair with a special thread. I’ve never done it before but I have seen someone getting it done on TV. :-)

  17. Unbelievable coincidence but tonight (because I was out of rosemary) I cooked potatoes infused with bay leaves. The potatoes turned out so well. The bay leaves give them excellent flavour. Great recipe!

    • Suzi

      Thanks so much for stopping by. That is funny making the same dish and it was good. I like the potatoes much better with the bay leaves than rosemary.

  18. Another delicious way to roast potatoes , love the addition of bay leaves !

    You still take great photos , ugly eyebrows can be covered up anyway hahahaha

  19. This is one heck of an inspired recipe. I adore bay leaves and my sis sends me copious amounts of them from her tree. I gotta try this. Well done.

    I need glasses. I find myself unable to read a dang thing most days. No idea what my brows look like. It’s a mystery.

  20. Ingenious! How simple and delicious! Your eyesight is still good enough to take a perfect picture and put together a beautiful potato dish! Actually, I had to laugh because I can SO relate to the plucking experience. :)

  21. What a delight! I love these potatoes!

  22. I love these sliced, roasted potatoes! They always make my mouth water – and bay leaf is a wonderful seasoning. Well done!

    • Suzi

      Thanks Kiri, this was the first time I had acutally put in the bay leaves, I have tried other herbs, I like the bay leaves best I think.

  23. Ooh, Hasselback potatoes–I totally love those. Mine always fall apart from the cuts being too deep, but yours are gorgeous!

  24. What a great idea Suzi. I’ve never thought of using bay leaf in potato before but I have no trouble imagining the delicious flavour it would impart… I have to try this; thanks for the inspiration!

  25. These potatoes look fantastic!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and Easter holiday!! I hate doing anything to my eyebrows. I have had them threaded once and it gave me a rash. Urgh…. never tried to wax them… :)

  26. I have never tried combining the flavor of bay leaves with potatoes. This is a great idea though-I will just have to try it myself to taste what I have been missing.
    The eyebrow thing is a pain. I envy my sister-she plucked them so much when she was young, hers do not grow out at all. Bangs do seem like it would be much easier!

  27. What a great way to infuse extra flavor into potatoes without fat or calories! :D

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