Are you looking for the perfect potato side dish with a twist? Let’s dive into this tasty Greek-style potato recipe that will win everyone’s heart at the dinner table.
Whether you’re a fan of the classic baked potato or exploring new flavors, these roasted Greek lemon potatoes, with their soft, dense texture, are a game-changer.
Greek Lemon Potatoes: A Delightful Side Dish!
But these Greek lemon potatoes bring a delicious and slightly lemony flavor far from overpowering. Made with russet potatoes and baked to perfection, which offer a dense, creamy taste that complements various dishes like chicken and fish.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Russet potatoes
- Vegetable oil
- Lemons or fresh lemon juice
- Dried oregano or rosemary
- Ground black pepper
- Chicken broth or chicken stock
Easy Slicing and Prepping Potatoes
To begin, take each potato and cut it in half. This will create two halves that can then be further cut into wedges. Each half can be divided into four equal-sized potato wedges.
By cutting the potatoes this way, you ensure they will all cook at the same rate, resulting in a perfectly tender and flavorful dish.
Fresh Lemons or Lemon Juice?
If you find yourself reaching for bottled lemon juice more often than fresh lemons when cooking or baking, you might wonder if it’s possible to substitute one for the other without affecting the taste or outcome of your recipe.
The good news is that you certainly can! You can still achieve that delightful citrusy flavor in your dishes by substituting two tablespoons of bottled lemon juice for one lemon.
How to Make Greek Lemon Potatoes.
- Preheat the Oven: Set the oven to 400 and grease a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Prepare the Potatoes: Cut each potato into wedges and place them in a mixing bowl. Add oil and spices, mixing well. Then, combine chicken broth and lemon juice.
- Arrange and Bake: Place the potato wedges in a single layer in the baking dish, pouring the lemony broth on top. You must play with the potato wedges to get them in a single layer. It’s okay if some overlap slightly; do your best. Bake in a preheated oven on an oven rack for 45-55 minutes or until fork-tender.
- Serve: This Greek food dish is best served immediately. A spatula works great since it’ll be soft and delectable! Pour some delicious juices over the top before serving this Greek lemon potatoes recipe.
What potatoes work best?
- Russet Potatoes: These are the go-to choice for many people when making Greek lemon potatoes. Russets are starchy and tend to become soft and fluffy when cooked. Their ability to absorb flavors makes them ideal for the lemony, garlicky marinade.
- Yukon Gold Potatoes: Yukon Golds are an excellent alternative, as they have a slightly buttery taste and a texture between waxy and starchy. They hold their shape well and absorb delicious lemon and herb flavors.
- Idaho Potatoes: Like Russet potatoes, Idaho potatoes have a high starch content and absorb fantastic flavor. They turn beautifully tender when cooked, making them suitable for Greek lemon potatoes.
Avoid using waxy potatoes like red potatoes or fingerling potatoes, as they don’t absorb flavors as well and can end up with a different texture that might not be as suitable for this specific dish.
Greek Potato Seasoning Options
If you’re a garlic lover, you can add fresh, minced garlic to the mix. Garlic adds a robust and slightly intense flavor to the dish, enhancing its overall taste profile.
The sharpness of the garlic works wonderfully with the earthy flavors of oregano, salt, and pepper, creating a deliciously fragrant aroma that will make your kitchen smell heavenly.
Can you use fresh ingredients over Dried herbs?
Fresh oregano and cloves of garlic can be used in place of dried.
Do Greek Potatoes have a Crispy Shell?
This particular recipe for Greek-style potatoes does not have a crispy shell.
Greek-style potatoes are an amazing side dish that is bursting with Mediterranean flavors. However, one notable characteristic of this recipe is that it does not yield a crispy shell on the potatoes. This might surprise some, primarily since many potato recipes aim to achieve a crunchy exterior.
The result is a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture that perfectly complements the dish’s savory and tangy flavors.
Cooking Greek Lemon Potatoes for a Crowd
Prep two 9×13 pans, and you can easily serve 4-6 people. Remember, each potato gives you approximately eight wedges, so adjust as needed.
What to serve with Lemon Potatoes.
Grilled or Oven Baked Chicken: Whether marinated with herbs or simply seasoned, chicken’s mild flavor pairs beautifully with the zest of Greek lemon potatoes.
Lamb: Grilled, roasted, or braised lamb is a traditional Greek meat that complements the flavors in Greek lemon potatoes, especially when cooked with Mediterranean herbs like rosemary and thyme.
Fish and Seafood: Grilled or baked fish like salmon, swordfish, or snapper are excellent with lemon potatoes. The citrusy notes in the potatoes bring out the freshness in seafood dishes.
Pork: Whether grilled pork chops, roasted pork tenderloin, or a slow-cooked shoulder, pork’s naturally sweet flavor contrasts nicely with the tangy, savory lemon potatoes.
Beef: Air Fryer Steak Bites or beef kebabs seasoned with Mediterranean herbs can be a hearty and satisfying accompaniment.
Can potatoes with green skin be eaten?
It’s best to avoid green parts, as they can contain solanine, which can be toxic in large amounts. Peeling or cutting off the green parts is advised.
More Delicious Potato Recipes
Looking for more ways to enjoy everyone’s favorite vegetable, the potato? Try one of my favorite side dish recipes and get creative with your meal!
- Funeral Potatoes with Hashbrowns: Funeral potatoes are one of my favorite ways to use frozen hashbrowns.
- Scalloped Potatoes Scalloped potatoes made with ham are a new take on a traditional side dish often served at a holiday meal.
- Steakhouse Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes: You cannot go wrong with creamy Steakhouse mashed potatoes.
- Stuffed Hassleback Potatoes: Did you know you can slice into a potato and bake it with stuffed goodness?
- Hellmanns Potato Salad: There are so many ways to make potato salad; this is a classic version.
- These also go great with a friendly vegetable like green beans, almondine (which includes Greek-friendly feta cheese), or simple southern-style fresh green beans.