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Fingerling Heirloom Potato Medley

Easy fingerling Heirloom potato medley recipe that’s a perfect healthy side dish to go with just about anything. These pesto with pine nuts potatoes are so pretty too served with chicken and fish, this will become your next go to favorite.

Pesto Potatoes

Most of the time my goal isn’t to make a meal or side dish that looks “fancy”, that just isn’t my style. But….I will say that as easy as this potato medley recipe is it really does turn out kinda’ pretty! You can use bottled sauce or make our homemade pesto. (affiliate links present)

How to cook heirloom potatoes

Either way all 5 of us like it as an easy side dish, or even as a warm snack at times. With a combination of different pretty, potatoes and pesto tastes amazing! They are quickly baked in the oven sliced in half, and so pretty right?? My kids love how the fingerling potatoes are different colors, but taste very similar.

What potatoes are considered heirloom potatoes?

Heirloom potatoes are varieties that have been passed down through generations, often grown and maintained by small farmers and home gardeners. A few popular varieties are; Purple Peruvian, Yukon Gold, French Fingerling, Russian Banana, German Butterball, Red Pontiac, King Edward etc…

fingerling potatoes in oven

Potato Medley in the Oven

Mixed with a bit of salt and a few herbs and olive oil it’s perfect along side some bone-in chicken thighs at 350 or salmon! If your kids aren’t big veggie lovers they are bound to like potatoes so you should give this one a whirl. We are sharing how to cook them to tender on a sheet pan below so you can bake everything at the same time.

Are Fingerling Potatoes Heirloom Potatoes?

Yes, fingerlings are small, stubby and long shaped. These can be one of a variety of heirloom potato varieties. They are meant to be small and longer than “normal” versions.

What is the difference between a fingerling potato and a regular potato?

Fingerling are small, elongated, and finger-like. Typically 2-4 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter. Regular varies widely depending on the variety. They can be round, oval, or oblong. Larger than fingerling potatoes, with some varieties growing to be quite large.

How long does it take to microwave fingerling potatoes?

About 8 minutes. You want to rinse, dry, prick all over and wrap in damp paper towels first. Cook time will depend on their size, use a knife in the middle to check tenderness. If not done re-wrap and add 1 minute at a time.

Typically my kids would only dunk taters in ketchup and it was the only vegetable they’d eat, not anymore. It took a while but my 3 girls really love the taste of pesto now, and would almost prefer a full plate of veggies over a steak any day. This is what you’re going to need;

  • 1.5 pound baby or petite potatoes sliced in half
  • I just use a jarred basil pesto you can buy online or at the store
  • Half of a fresh lemon juiced, or you can use bottled if that is all you have
  • I like larger granules of sea salt vs. table variety
  • A dash of pepper is good too
  • Use a large bowl to toss to coat everything together

if you insist on homemade pesto, go right ahead, we have done that at times and it is delish.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

To make this potato medley recipe going just grab a bag of mixed small potatoes at the store that come with a variety of colors. You could just use red potatoes too but the mixture is sure nice. I find them in the produce section next to the really large bags.  One is the perfect size for a side that feeds all 5 of us.

I cut each large potato into 6 pcs, or petite can just be halved. Then throw them in a bowl with everything listed, toss them and spread on a sheet pan. At the end some roasted pine nuts and/or parmesan cheese sure is nice too.

potatoes with pesto

I use foil, parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet to avoid sticking. Just pour it on there. I add the parmesan a bit later after these potatoes have baked about 20 minutes to avoid burning.

How to Roast Heirloom Fingerling Potatoes

We share oven directions below. You can do this similarly with our Air Fryer Fingerling Potatoes too. Difference is the amount of crisp you will get on the skins. It is more intense in this small countertop appliance (but won’t heat up your house either).

Salt and pepper are just the basics, use whatever seasonings you normally would like. Just keep in mind that the pesto has quite a bit of flavor as it is so you won’t need a whole lot. Here’s a general rundown of this simple potato recipe;

  • First preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut baby potatoes in half lengthwise, or in bite size pieces if they are regular size. Add them to a large bowl.  
  • Pour in the pesto and lemon juice to the bowl of potatoes and stir until every potato is coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Pour onto the baking sheet in a single layer and spread them out. Roast in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until fork tender.

Want to make it faster without heating up the house? Try our air fryer potatoes and onions with this same mixed variety.

Pesto Roasted Potatoes

Best Use of Fingerling Potatoes

Roasting is perfect for these. You could follow the same steps for baked sweet potato cubes too really. It is sometimes nice to give those a bit of a savory flavor on the outside to balance the flavors. This is the basic time and instructions but you can think way outside the box once you have the hang of it.

There are all sorts of different store bought potatoes that all have a slightly different texture and flavor so you really should try them all. You may have only thought of russets but red potatoes can be more firm and Yukon is a bit starchier so they are perfect for making French fries.

How to Make Pesto Mashed Potatoes

Now if your family only likes these mashed you could do that as well. You’d want them as tender as possible, then add to a bowl and mash away. Typically it is easier to make those without the skin in tact but keeping them on will add fiber and texture.

Potato Medley Recipe

How long do you boil fingerling potatoes?

Boiling potatoes in Instant Pot will save you time. Since these are much smaller you are looking at about 5 minutes in a pressure cooker (which essentially steams, not boils, but close enough). Boiling fingerling potatoes on the stove takes closer to 10-15 minutes depending on size and how tender you want them to become.

If you want to do this but crave crispy skins I get it. Using hot air, you can then pop in for a quick trip to make roasted potatoes in air fryer just to add the texture you want.

Ready to give this recipe a try?? Believe me, nothing I make is complicated or difficult! Easy but great recipes are where there at. When they look pretty that’s just a bonus if you ask me! If you love this you’ll love our easy spinach quiche recipe too!

air fryer roasted potatoes

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Potato Medley

Pesto potato medley recipe with heirloom varieties to serve with chicken and fish. Roasted fingerling potatoes in the oven are great.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword baked, fingerling potatoes, pesto, potatoes, roasted
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 195kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1.5 lbs petite potatoes sliced in half
  • 1/2 c pesto
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Wash and dry the potatoes. Cut in half lengthwise and add them to a large bowl.  
  • Add the pesto and lemon juice to the bowl of potatoes and stir until every potato is coated. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Pour the potatoes onto the baking sheet and spread them into an even single layer. Roast in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
Nutrition Facts
Potato Medley
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 489mg21%
Potassium 637mg18%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 513IU10%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Potato Medley
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mary zamzow

Sunday 15th of January 2017

always looking for a new side dish, thanks! Going to try this today. Looks good!

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