How to Bake Cubed Potatoes: 12 Steps

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  1. Preheat your oven: Set your oven to 425°F (220°C) and allow it to preheat for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Choose your potatoes: Select medium-sized, firm and unblemished potatoes. The best choices are varieties such as Russet, Yukon Gold, or Red potatoes.
  3. Rinse and clean the potatoes: Thoroughly wash the potatoes under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris. Use a vegetable brush if necessary for a thorough cleansing.
  4. Peel and cube your potatoes: If you prefer skinless potatoes, use a potato peeler to remove the skin before cubing them. Cut each potato into 1-inch cubes, ensuring that they are roughly uniform in size for even cooking.
  5. Dry the potato cubes: Pat the potato cubes dry using clean paper towels to remove excess moisture. Doing so will help achieve crispy outer edges during the baking process.
  6. Season the potatoes: In a large mixing bowl, combine olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and any other desired herbs or spices. Add the cubed potatoes to the bowl and toss them until they are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  7. Line a baking sheet: Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil (for easier cleanup). This will prevent the potatoes from sticking to the pan during baking.
  8. Spread out the potato cubes: Distribute the seasoned cube potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer, allowing space between them for air circulation and proper cooking.
  9. Bake the potatoes: Place the baking sheet on a middle rack in your preheated oven at 425°F (220°C) for approximately 25-30 minutes, flipping them halfway through baking for an even golden-brown color.
  10. Test for doneness: Use a fork or knife to pierce one of the potato cubes to ensure it’s fully cooked and tender. If they are not yet fully cooked, return them to the oven for a few more minutes.
  11. Add optional toppings: Once the potatoes are baked and fully cooked, garnish them with your choice of toppings such as grated cheese, chopped herbs, or a dollop of sour cream.
  12. Serve immediately: Remove the baked potatoes from the oven and carefully transfer them to a serving platter. Serve hot and enjoy with your favorite main course or as a delicious side dish.

Follow these 12 simple steps, and you will be well on your way to mastering how to bake flavor-packed cubed potatoes that make the perfect addition to any meal. Happy baking!