Everyone’s Favorite Teeny Tiny Potatoes

Marla Meridith

September 30, 2011

Small roasted potatoes recipe with herbs and seasonings.

Small roasted potatoes recipe with herbs and seasonings.

Recently potatoes went from just OK to one of my favorite foods! Indulging in all kinds of spuds in Idaho forever changed me. These Teeny Tiny Fingerlings look like little circus peanuts don’t they?

Grab a waxed baggie and bring ’em to work or school and you have a nice side or snack to munch on. They are great steaming hot, at room temp or chilled. Consider these small spuds the modern french fry.

These potatoes go great in our daily lunch boxes…come take a peek.

Small roasted potatoes recipe with herbs and seasonings.

You can roast up a few pounds of these at a time. They make an easy, inexpensive side dish and are a great alternative to store bought chips.

I Googled Teeny Tiny Potatoes and it looks like many people are obsessed with them……..

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I discovered these potatoes at Trader Joe’s. They have a smooth skin that yields to a firm yet creamy, flavorful inside.

The skin pops like a hot dog when you bite into it.

Small roasted potatoes recipe with herbs and seasonings.

To prepare you roast them for about 40 minutes. Coat with some oil, add handfuls of your favorite dried herbs and seasonings.

Our favorites are thyme, rosemary, sea salt and smoked paprika. Serve these spuds with an egg frittatachili, a grilled cheese sandwich or just munch them as a mini meal by the handful.

We also love a side of micro greens or baby lettuce.

Silly kids plate with herbs and micro greens

To make things even more interesting I coat 2 pounds of these littles with a tablespoon of ghee. That’s right, clarified butter y’all. If you don’t do the butter thing then drizzle with your favorite oil.

If you do like the butter thing…..1 tablespoon of melted bliss is not a lot on 2 pounds of spuds. It does add a huge dimension of flavor though. You know what else would be good, some unrefined coconut oil. Oh how we love that stuff around here.

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Instead of little plastic baggies I found these wax coated bags at Whole Foods. We love ’em.

Small roasted potatoes recipe with herbs and seasonings.

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Small roasted potatoes recipe with herbs and seasonings.

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  • Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair
    Posted at 06:54h, 30 September

    Hm, I wonder how these differ from fingerlings. Fingerlings are always a delight. I tend to find that smaller potatoes have more flavor, and I agree that they’re more fun to work with (and eat!).

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:23h, 30 September

      Grace, I am not sure how different they are from fingerlings. These are not starchy, more smooth and firm in texture. I will have to do a taste test soon. If you try either let me know. Love your roasted green beans today 🙂

  • Lauren from Lauren's Latest
    Posted at 06:55h, 30 September

    I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for these cute little potatoes! My daughter would love these!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:22h, 30 September

      Lauren, your little gal would love them. My kids ask for them everyday, a few times a day. Makes for a great grab and go snack.

  • Allison
    Posted at 06:55h, 30 September

    Oh do these look so good! Can you pack my lunches too 🙂

    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:21h, 30 September

      Hi Allison…sure! How far away do you live from us?? 😉

  • Rosa
    Posted at 07:05h, 30 September

    Those tiny potatoes look amazing! I could just eat a bunch now…



  • Carrie@ Bakeaholicmama
    Posted at 07:10h, 30 September

    I love little roasted potatoes. But then again I love all forms of potatoes! I’ve never thought of packing them in a cold lunch… I bet they are just as yummy cold as they are hot!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:21h, 30 September

      Carrie: They are soooo yummy cold too. With a side dip even better. Ketchup, ranch, mustard, vinaigrette. All good 🙂

  • Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray
    Posted at 08:38h, 30 September

    I love roasted potatoes and these are so cute!

  • Mary
    Posted at 08:56h, 30 September

    I love the look of these! I’m all about potatoes in just about any form. These sound delicious. I never think of eating potatoes cold, but why not? I’m going to try it soon. Thanks.

  • Lucy
    Posted at 08:59h, 30 September

    These look delicious – and love that you are using mirco greens in the lunch box – I use them on everything – garnish for soup, in salads, in turkey rolls and sandwiches.

  • carolinaheartstrings
    Posted at 09:20h, 30 September

    Wow. Those looks terrific. I will be trying these out very soon.

  • Angie
    Posted at 09:40h, 30 September

    Yummy! I was lucky enough to be over at marla’s place the day she made them! They were so delicious! She poured a little bit of melted ghee over them and they were so tasty. Great comfort food. Yes, she did pop them into the kids lunch boxes!!!

  • Kathryn
    Posted at 09:48h, 30 September

    What a great lunchbox snack! I love little roast potatoes but would never thought of having them like this, they look absolutely delicious.

  • Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    Posted at 10:13h, 30 September

    Gotta love TJ’s! They always have the best produce. This really is a great idea for a healthy and different lunch box treat. I’m w you, I’m just not a big spud lover… 😉 but these fingerling type potatoes w herbs and salt sound fantastic.

  • Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily
    Posted at 10:13h, 30 September

    p.s. pinned ya. 😉

  • Matt@ Heidi's Heavenly Cookies
    Posted at 10:18h, 30 September

    Ah, I love little taters! These look so good! I’ll have to try them with a vinaigrette.

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted at 10:34h, 30 September

    Hi Marla!

    Darn, my favorite “well kept secret” is out!! I love these little potatoes and roast them too – you are right they are great hot, cold .. any which way.. but then, being Irish, I am a TOTAL tater girl!! Love all these ideas for packed lunches and I will be stealing some… for me!!

  • Kelly Lester
    Posted at 10:43h, 30 September

    Gorgeous and inspiring Marla! Love that ZipList recipe plug-in!!! Haven’t seen it before. Of course I’d catch it on your blog – you’re always a front runner in the latest goodies 🙂 Very cool!!!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    Posted at 11:07h, 30 September

    These teeny tiny potatoes are adorable Marla!! I know I will quickly be obsessed when I get my hands on them.

  • Bree
    Posted at 11:42h, 30 September

    What a cute lunch box idea!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Posted at 13:09h, 30 September

    Your tiny potatoes look so good! And beautiful pics, too!

    Been trying to comment on your last few posts but my comments were getting eaten by your system being down or some crazy tech stuff.

    But you and the cowboy post, loved that one too 🙂

  • Kristen
    Posted at 13:37h, 30 September

    What cute little potatoes… they remind me of fingerling potatoes, which we love. Great lunch idea!

  • Tickled Red
    Posted at 14:20h, 30 September

    Oh my goodness they do look like little peanuts! Love this idea for my boys lunch boxes. Ummm…I am SO a tater girl. Any way shape form or fashion sign me up. My granny always made me potato soup (my fav) but because I was a wee lil’ babe I called it Soppy Tater’s, go figure. 😀 Xoxo

  • Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids
    Posted at 14:39h, 30 September

    What a great lunch idea. And, they are just so cute. I cannot wait to try them!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 14:53h, 30 September

    I want some of those!!! How stinkin smart to use them the way you did!!

  • Sue
    Posted at 18:52h, 30 September

    These little potatoes are so cute(never thought I would call a potato “cute”)! I’m heading to Trader Joe’s tomorrow!

  • betty
    Posted at 19:26h, 30 September

    I really want to have a picnik and take these!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 19:52h, 30 September

    Neat idea for lunch boxes. My kids love roasted fingerling potatoes, simply roasted with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Sometimes I add fresh thyme and rosemary if I have them on hand. I happen to have gotten some of these cute little potatoes in my CSA Box this week, and will be roasting them this weekend.

  • Katrina
    Posted at 04:38h, 01 October

    Love these! Perfect for a side to lunch.

  • Kulsum at JourneyKitchen
    Posted at 07:00h, 01 October

    Just got to checking out my favorite blogs after the vacation and what a delightful recipe to warm my eyes with. Teeny tiny potatoes? Yes please. Love that you also recommend ghee as the fat!

  • Joanne
    Posted at 07:00h, 01 October

    These baby potatoes are really PERFECT for roasting! I love how the skin gets all crisp and shriveled and soaks up tons of flavor!

  • Rylan - Art and Appetite
    Posted at 11:20h, 01 October

    Marla, this shot is TOTALLY KILLING ME! OH MY GOSH! It is just fabulous! I love the photography and everything! As for the food, of course I am loving it too. I love how it can be vegan (which I am). Oooh, would definitely try. Great for side dishes on Thanksgiving!

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:33h, 02 October

      Hi Rylan! Just took a look around your blog and I am smitten by your talents and your compliments. Your cakes are splendid. To think you would pass this way to gawk floors me in a BIG way. People like you make me push my self to be my very best. Thanks for brightening my day 🙂 xxoo

  • Ashley@BakerbyNature
    Posted at 21:23h, 01 October

    Trader Joe’s always has bags of these cute little potatoes! This recipe looks delicious; I would love to pack these for lunch everyday.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:30h, 02 October

      Ashley: It’s funny, from what I gather these potatoes have been around TJ’s for some time and I only just noticed them last week. From here on out there will always be a bag or two in my cart 🙂

  • Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media]
    Posted at 02:55h, 02 October

    I am enjoying these lunch box posts! Thanks Marla.

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 07:29h, 02 October

    I have been seeing adorable teeny-tiny potatoes at the grocery store lately! (and in lots of colors), this recipe looks like just the thing for whipping them up:)

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:30h, 02 October

      Heather, you must get your hands on some. You little gals will love them!

  • Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh
    Posted at 07:46h, 02 October

    Ive seen those at trader joes, and always wanted to make them because they looked so cute! They are the perfect size for little kids! 🙂 These looks yummy! Anything roasted is a favorite of mine!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    Posted at 09:32h, 02 October

    Those potatoes look SO good. Hope you had a great weekend!

  • torviewtoronto
    Posted at 17:05h, 02 October

    delicious looking presentation

  • JulieD
    Posted at 20:11h, 02 October

    Marla, these look amazing!

  • Angela FRS
    Posted at 21:12h, 02 October

    I love these, too–I like to toss them with a little olive oil and throw them in a grill basket. Delicious.

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:10h, 03 October

      Angela, I am sooooo in love with my grill basket too. Next batch I will grill up like you 🙂

  • Tartepink
    Posted at 21:20h, 02 October

    These are sooo cute! I’ll be looking for these at groceries from now on. The other thing I was searching for was ball zuccinis but they are nowhere to be found 🙁

    • Marla
      Posted at 05:11h, 03 October

      Tartepink, I have never seen ball zucchini for reals. Hmmm, wonder where to score some of those. Must be very specialty. Bet the farmer’s market might have them??

  • Angie's Recipes
    Posted at 00:56h, 03 October

    oh how cute! I love the presentation too..

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Posted at 14:30h, 03 October

    Roasting is one of my favorite ways to make potatoes and these are just adorable!

  • Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet
    Posted at 21:56h, 03 October

    I love roasted fingerling potatoes! One of my farmer’s market purveyors puts out a mix of different varieties of fingerling sweet potatoes and regular potatoes. Very colorful. Each type has it own flavor and they make a nice looking side dish.

  • Kate@Diethood
    Posted at 08:34h, 04 October

    I love roasted potatoes! But I really really like these fingerling potatoes… they would be gone in seconds if I had them in front of me!

  • Georgia Pellegrini
    Posted at 09:26h, 04 October

    I think that THESE are in fact my favorite potato side dish! I just love them all roasted with whole garlic cloves and course salt. Oh and a few dabs of hot sauce. Sublime….mmm.

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  • Julie@Teaching Good Eaters
    Posted at 17:38h, 01 November

    Those little potatos look amazing! I’ll be on a search now- All of your food looks so wonderful and fresh- you have definitely inspired me to seek out some new options for lunches! Thank you.

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:05h, 02 November

      Hi Julie! Thanks for stopping by. So happy I could inspire you to pack up homemade lunches. It is well worth the effort & you gotta try these teeny tiny potatoes. Life changing I tell ya!

  • Rachel - Following In My Shoes
    Posted at 21:40h, 15 November

    I’ve been roasting purple fingerlings for my daughter’s lunches lately. She loves them!

  • Chrystal Hartman
    Posted at 15:02h, 30 April

    Love this for a lunch idea!!!

  • Sally
    Posted at 14:55h, 30 January

    I don’t know what I’ve been paying attention to at Trader Joe’s, but I just noticed these this week. I’m planning on using them in Le Grand Aioli (http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/le-grand-aioli). I thought about preparing them in the traditional way by boiling, but I really want to roast them. Trying to determine how long to roast them is how I stumbled across your blog.

  • Linda McClure
    Posted at 11:01h, 05 February

    We live in New Mexico, we can only find the teeny tiny potatoes when we go to Arizona. Is there any stores in Las Cruces New Mexico that carry them? We just love them roasted or baked. thank you.

  • Linda McClure
    Posted at 11:08h, 05 February

    I live in Las Cruces New Mexico,we are unable to fine teeny tiny [potatoes. The only time we get them is when we go to Arizona. Our largest food market is Albertsons and of course Walmart. do you know of any other stores that would be closer.They don’t last long, they are so good.Thank You for your help.

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    Posted at 17:34h, 19 September

    Thanks for the recipe and pretty pics! Mine are in the oven right now 🙂

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  • Janet Miller
    Posted at 17:14h, 27 October

    I first got my teeny tiny potatoes at Trader Joe’s too. Tonight I just boiled them, added a little s&p and parsley to go with broiled swordfish. LOVE them! Next I’ll roast them with herbs de province.

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:52h, 28 October

      Mmmmmm! That sounds wonderful 🙂


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