Lemon Roasted Potatoes: A Side Full of Pizzaz

Here I am writing about potatoes again, I know. These are different potatoes, though, they’re very special. I made them for a potluck I went to and they got snapped up just as quick as anything. December is such a potluck filled month, at least for me, and I think these are a great idea for a sit down dinner sort of potluck. If you don’t have a potluck to take these to, I think they would also be a great addition to a certain large family dinner than might be coming up (Christmas!). If you’re looking for a side dish to add to your festive table, this might be the one for you. They’re lemony and garlicky and just so very very good. If you’re a traditionalist or have Christmas dinner already planned (if you celebrate Christmas), maybe give them a try in the new year.    You know that a potato recipe loved by someone who loves potatoes has to be a good one.

A favorite Greek restaurant of ours, Niko’s, makes the most amazing lemon roasted potatoes. These ones come very close. This batch did not come out as perfectly as normal, more blackening of the potatoes than one would like, but I think it has a lot to do with my lack of familiarity with the oven in my house. It seems to run really hot. Either way, I have made these multiple times before, and they’ve always been so very good.

Lemon Roasted Potatoes


8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges (6-8 per potato)

the juice of 2 lemons

1/3 Cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp cracked black pepper

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cover and cook until just slightly tender (~10 minutes).
  • In a bowl, or measuring cup, juice the lemons, and whisk together with the oil, garlic, salt, oregano, and pepper.
  • Toss the potatoes together with the lemon mixture and then arrange them on a baking sheet.
  • Roast in a 400° F oven until tender-crisp (~40 minutes) until most of the lemon mixture is absorbed or evaporated, turning once.

17 thoughts on “Lemon Roasted Potatoes: A Side Full of Pizzaz

  1. Wow, Bryan takes his trophy in hand and greets his loyal fans, “thank you, thank you! I never would have imagined that there even was an award for the worst typist ever, I would like to thank the esteemed panel of judges…”

    Let me take my sunglasses off and try that again…

    So simple YET so good. My family and I are potato lovers too, almost no meal goes by WITHOUT them. These sound great Dana, I will be giving them a try soon.

  2. I just had dinner, but I’m hungry again! There’s really nothing better than perfectly-browned potatoes, and Greek flavors would elevate them to a whole new level. Delicious, Dana. :)

  3. The recipe may be Greek but it is so similar to the potatoes that are prepared in the Lebanese kitchen ! Of course, we prefer zaatar to oregano! :)
    Great dish and happy holidays to you and to your family!

  4. I use lemon all the time, but never thought to use them on potatoes. Sounds like a fab idea. I’ll have to try it. Thanks!

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