Roasted New Potatoes • Batatas Novas a Murro


When it comes to side dishes, nothing quite beats the classic roasted potatoes and in my opinion new potatoes are some of the best for roasting, mostly because they become creamier and the peel is thinner so it becomes thin and crisp. This timeless and beloved side dish is one of the easiest recipes to put together and is sure to be an instant hit with the whole family especially for a Sunday Roast or Christmas Dinner.

Whether served alongside roasted chicken, steak, fish, octopus these perfectly seasoned roasted new potatoes are guaranteed to elevate any meal. But what’s the secret to making the perfect roasted potatoes?

No secret, in Portugal these are sometimes refereed as “Batatas a Murro”, meaning punched potatoes, because you kind give them a little punch just to break the skin so any sauce or just olive oil can seep into the potato, in this case i also roasted them with tiny onions and a whole head of garlic, its a simple but delicious and easy to prepare side dish, lets check the recipe!

Roasted New Potatoes, Batatas Novas a Murro Recipe

Roasted New Potatoes, Batatas Novas a Murro

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Rating: ★★★★
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New roasted potatoes is a simple and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with a variety of main courses. The key to success is to use very young potatoes and to ensure that they are nice and dry before roasting, a bit of seasoning and you are done! ;D


  • New Potatoes – 1kg
  • New Onions – 400gr (or Shallots)
  • Whole Garlic Head – 1
  • Thyme Branches – 4
  • Rosemary – 1 Pinch
  • Salt – 1 Pinch
  • Olive Oil – 30ml (Extra Virgin)


  1. Wash and scrub the potatoes well without peeling them.
  2. Put them in a pot with plenty of cold water and a pinch of salt, bring to medium heat.
  3. While the potatoes boil, peel the young onions and cut the top of a head of garlic.
  4. When it starts boiling, let them cook for about 8 to 10 minutes (depends on the size of the potatoes), prick them with a fork/knife/pick, if they go in easily then they are cooked, you want to take them out of the water a little bit before they are fully cooked.
  5. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC/gas 4 and prep a metal or baking tray to take everything to the oven.
  6. When the potatoes are almost done, drain them and take them to the baking tray, now punch each potato a little bit, if they are too hot for you, use a small meat hammer or rolling pin, but don’t overdo it just enough to crack the surface of the potato.
  7. Then add the skinned onions, whole garlic head and teaspoon of salt, thyme and rosemary and a bit of olive oil to cover everything.
  8. Take it to the over for about 25 to 30 min so everything is tender and fully roasted, you want everything with a nice golden color, take it out and its ready to be served.
Notes: Like for Christmas dinner or a party when there is a lot of other things to bake, just boil and setup the baking tray and leave it in the fridge until the time you can use the oven, so you just pop it in the oven when the time is right.

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Per Serving: 325 calories; 7 g fat; 60 g carbohydrates; 6.5 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g sodium.

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