“Shake It Up” Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Do you enjoy your kids cooking in the kitchen with you? Do your children enjoy cooking in the kitchen with you? I know that it can be a lot of work, but this recipe is a simple way for the whole family to be involved. Especially because it involves some shaking. Caution: dancing may or may not result from the shaking!

Potatoes are always a win for dinner! Baked, fried, mashed or whipped. Red, white or orange potatoes. Did you know that there are purple sweet potatoes, too? Anyway, this recipe is for your family (assuming your crew will gobble up potatoes!).

My mother and I call this side dish, “crap-in-a-bag potatoes.” Clearly, that’s not an appetizing name, or one that you want your kids repeating. We don’t actually toss our potatoes in crap – but we do toss them in a bag with whatever seasoning sounds good that day!

It’s that simple. Chop the potatoes of your choice. Place them in a bag. We use the produce bags from the grocery store, but ziplock bags work as well. Drizzle with olive oil. Close the bag with your hand and shake!

Open the bag and then sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice. Close the bag again (or tie it shut) and shake! Shake! Shake! (That’s the part where your kids can be your assistant. As long as the bag is tightly sealed, there is no way to ruin this recipe.)

I’ve used garlic and rosemary; cajun/creole seasoning; salt and pepper; parsley, oregano and basil; and even cinnamon! Below is my favorite rendition of Shake It Up (aka “crap-in-the-bag”) Potatoes!

Yield: 6

“Shake It Up” Roasted Potatoes

“Shake It Up” Roasted Potatoes

Ask your kids to help with this fun recipe. You can do the chopping, they can do the dumping of ingredients and the shaking of the bag! Then you can all enjoy the tasty potatoes together. 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 4-6 medium potatoes, any variety
  • 2-4 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 tsp cajun/creole seasoning
  • 1 bag, either a gallon ziplock, or a disposable produce bag from the grocery store


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel potatoes, if desired. Chop potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
  3. Add potatoes and extra virgin olive oil to the bag. Close bag and “shake it up” gently for 10-15 seconds, until potatoes are coated with the oil.
  4. Open bag and add in the seasoning. Reseal bag and “shake it up” gently for 10-20 seconds, until potatoes are evenly coated with the seasoning.
  5. Spread out evenly on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender and slightly browned.


Notes: Instead of cajun/creole seasoning, use 1 Tbs dried rosemary and 1 tsp garlic powder. Or replace with ½ Tbsp each of oregano, parsley and basil.

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