Crispy Potato Roast + a Giveaway!

Happy birthday, baby foodie! Today is Richie’s first birthday. On July second just one year ago (it was Saturday), I was in labor. At 6:49 pm, Riche arrived and screamed his first of many cries. He ate his first meal, and made us all extremely tired and happy. So, in honor of Richie’s birthday, we are doing a giveaway. Instead of Richie getting all the gifts, one of our readers will have the opportunity to receive a wonderful cookbook!

In elementary school, we had a custom of giving a gift to the class on our birthdays (in third grade I brought a pencil sharpener for the class – awesome, no?), because, you know, kids get enough presents on that day, why not give something, too?

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a representative from Hanabi Creative letting us know about their new book, the Bais Yaakov Cookbook, a book with recipes, shopping guides, and halachot (laws) regarding the kosher kitchen. It’s a beautiful book with traditional and modern recipes and lots of pictures!

I bookmarked many recipes while going through the book – and the first one I made (the day after I got it!!) was this potato roast recipe. It was simple, but beautiful. Pareve, but easily adapted to dairy (and easily adaptable with some different flavors!), and something that could complete an “eh” meal.

Now, I know you may be thinking “you got a cookbook full of meat, poultry, fish, and dessert recipes and you made POTATOES? but really, these are delicious. They’re soft on the inside, but crispy on the edges…and they’re not fried!

Swap out the shallots for regular onions or even garlic. Use rosemary instead of thyme, top with parmesan, use butter and a splash of milk if making dairy, add chives, parsley, and parmesan cheese at the end…the variations to this amazing recipe are endless.

So, enter the giveaway to win the cookbook, and stay tuned for more recipes! To enter, just leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random next Monday.

Stay tuned for another recipe from the book next week!


Crispy Potato Roast, adapted from the Bais Yaakov Cookbook:


  •  6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 pounds yukon gold potatoes (I didn’t peel them, even though the original recipe said to)
  • 4 shallots, peeled
  • 8 sprigs thyme


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. With a sharp knife or a mandolin, slice potatoes very thinly.

3. Place about a tablespoon of olive oil on the bottom of a 9-inch oven-to-table dish and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper (and red, if you’re using).

4. Arrange your potato slices vertically on the dish (so the edges, not the flat sides, are up).

5. Thinly slice the shallots with a sharp knife or a mandolin. Place a slice of shallots between each slice of potato.

6. Brush the remaining 5 tablespoons oil.

7. Generously season with salt and peppers.

8. Arrange the thyme around the potatoes.

9. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, covered with foil. The recipe does not say to cover it, but I think the potatoes get a little *too crispy if not covered.

10. Cover with foil and bake another 30-35 minutes, until tops are crispy.

11. Serve hot, and enjoy!

  • These look delicious. I will have to try them next time instead of my plain roasted potatoes.

  • melindakitchentested

    I love a good potato roast!! Great giveaway, especially since I don’t have this cookbook yet 🙂

  • Devora

    This looks amazing! I’ll def need to add this cookbook to my kitchen

  • I’ve heard fantastic things about the Bais Yaakov Cookbook! Thanks for the raffle

  • Those potatoes look great, I’d love to win to see more recipes from that book.

  • happy birthday! and the Bais Yaakov cookbook sounds amazing!

  • Mazel tov on the birthday, yum on the potatoes, and please enter me for the cookbook giveaway 🙂

  • Denise

    I think i’m going to try these potatoes this shabbat. I would love a new cookbook

  • Freda elmann

    This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it!

  • Alex

    aww happy birthday baby rooms! <33333
    and im def trying out these potatoes!! 🙂

  • Amy SF

    Looks good, and I’ve heard great things about the Bais Yaakov cookbook. I sure wouldn’t mind getting my hands on one (especially if I won it!). Happy 1st birthday to your son!

  • Jason

    Happy Birthday to your son. I’m sure that like me, you are waiting for the day that your little one rolls up his sleeves and starts baking challah with you! The potatoes look good too.. If you are making them dairy, skip the milk and go with heavy cream.

  • Victoria

    First and foremost, happy 1st birthday to your son!! Secondly, I love potatoes!!! My Mom & I have always had a special place for potatoes in just about every meal we prep and I know she’d love this! Can’t wait to make it for her!! Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! I’ve only heard good things about this cookbook and would LOVE a copy!! Such a wonderful idea to share a gift on a birthday, great, great lesson!

  • everyone loves potatoes! i like the addition of the thyme.
    happy first bday to your son!!

  • E Harari

    Happy Bithday to Richie! I would love to win his “birthday gift!”

  • blima

    I have heard so much about this cookbook I would give it to my mom for her Birthday!!

  • Todd Seifert

    These look delicious! I’m always on the lookout for more pareve recipes, so this is great!

  • Danielle

    OMG i saw that cookbook and want it~!! pick me!!!!!! ps. my baby boys first birthday was june 30th! birthday week!

  • Fran

    Happy 1st Birthday to your son! These potatoes look YUMMM…! I bet the other recipes in the cookbook are just as delicious!

  • Rebecca Bernstein

    I would love to get this cookbook! I love following your blog because I like to think of myself as a foodie that doesn’t experiment as mush as she should! P.s. happy birthday to your son!

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  • grace

    Happy bday richie! I have tried a bunch or your recipes and gotten lots of compliments. I would love to win this cookboook!

  • Hindyg

    I have never made potatoes like this! They look great!

  • Chanie@BusyinBrooklyn

    I also made this recipe from the Bais Yaakov Cookbook, but sadly I sliced off a piece of my palm cutting the potatoes on my mandoline. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat it again!

    • Jessica Blanco

      oh no! so sorry to hear that – why don’t you use the hand guard?!

  • Julė Jankauskaitė

    The potatoes look gorgeous!

  • L

    This looks amazing! Would love to win the book, happy birthday Richie!

  • renee

    This looks so good!

  • Rivkah T

    Wow. These potatoes look delicious! I’ve paged thru the cookbook at the bookstore and added it to my mental wish list…would be nice to win it! Happy birthday Richie! You share a birth date with my niece, who just turned four.

  • nicoleymo

    looks physco! gunna try this tomorrow

  • FAL

    just a quick question please….you show that you cover the potatoes with foil twice….so, does it start with them covered and then uncovered or the reverse? thank you in advance.

  • shirley fin

    would love this cookbook! happy bday!!

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