Washed potatoes need to be dried before being tossed in oil and placed in a hot oven to cook and crisp. If the potatoes are wet when they go in the oven, they’ll steam instead of roast. Also, oil won’t stick to wet potatoes, which means they won’t get crispy.
How To Dry Potatoes Quickly:
Place a piece of paper towel in each hand and toss the potatoes in a bowl – the paper towel will soak up the excess water, leaving them dry and ready for the heat of the oven (or grill).
Once you’ve got your potatoes nice and dry, you should try this Fingerling Potato and Fennel recipe.