February 1st, 2015

Crispy English Potatoes with Pancetta

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I make a lot of roasted potato side dishes, like these Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes, because I know my family will devour them and I won’t have any leftovers. But of all the roasted potato recipes I’ve tried, these Crispy Potatoes with Pancetta are my absolute favorite! 


I’m sure the pancetta has something to do with it, but these potatoes are just amazing. Hard to believe with such a short, simple ingredient list.

The potatoes are boiled for a few minutes to start, then drained and shaken in the pot. This extra step is the key!

Shaking the potatoes roughs up the edges of the potaotes just enough that they get extra brown and crispy in the oven.

Trust me, don’t skip the boiling or shaking. It’s what makes these potatoes extra special.

Crispy English Potatoes with Pancetta

Preparation 15 mins Cook Time 45 mins Total Time 1 hr


  • 2.5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3-4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced flat-leaf Italian parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut potatoes into 1 1/2 inch chunks and place them in a large saucepan (a pan with 2 handles works best)
  2. Cover the potatoes with water by 1 inch and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring potatoes to a boil. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until potatoes are just becoming tender on the outside. Drain the water, leaving the potatoes in the pot.
  3. Meanwhile, as the potatoes are boiling, place the pancetta on a lightly greased sheet pan and roast in the preheated oven for 5 minutes.
  4. Put the lid on the potatoes and, using a kitchen towel, grasp the pot with the lid on and shake the potatoes vigorously for a about 10 seconds to rough up the edges.
  5. Add the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to the pot and shake a few more times to mix well.
  6. Pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet with the pancetta and toss to mix, spreading everything in an even layer.
  7. Roast the potatoes and pancetta for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are very browned and crisp. Sprinkle with parsley and additional salt and pepper, to taste, before serving.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof



  1. Looks great! I actually have some yukon gold potatoes on the counter. I will give these a try this week.

  2. These look amazing. Everyone here loves potatoes- love that they’re crispy roasted! 🙂

  3. We love potato anything. These will go down really well. Love crispy potatoes the best.

  4. Made these in place of our typical fried potatoes for breakfast. Big hit! Plus it freed up a spot on our stove. Even better!


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