Easy Roasted Lemon Potatoes

Easy Roasted Lemon Potatoes - The Messy Baker

27 Jul Easy Roasted Lemon Potatoes

Easy Lemon Potatoes - The Messy Baker

I have decided to strike the following phrase from my vocabulary: How hard can it be?

It gets me into trouble.

For example: Hey, honey, I need a new stove. Why don’t we just knock down a wall and add an eat-in kitchen while we’re at it. How hard can it be?

Or upon learning of my sister’s engagement: Hey, Sis, want me to make your wedding cake? Cake, icing, flowers. How hard can it be?

Do you see a pattern? While I admit those projects are a bit on the ambitious side, a rustic Greek dinner shouldn’t fall into this category. Unless you decide to make phyllo pastry from scratch, it should be as easy as a Mediterranean breeze. Right?

Realizing I tend to be overambitious, I scaled things back when I invited the family to a Greek meal. Instead of cubing chicken breasts and threading skewers, I braised whole thighs in a souvlaki marinade. While they cooked slowly, I churned the very easy albeit un-Greek lemon pie ice cream and chopped vegetables for a classic Greek salad. Even the homemade dressing took only 2 minutes.

And the potatoes? Easiest of all. I farmed them out to my mom. With only the memory of Greek dinners past as a guide, Mom created this recipe for roasted lemon potatoes out of thin air. And potatoes. And garlic. And lemons…

Her potatoes, her dish, her invention. Kudos Mom. This one’s a keeper, just like you.

Easy Roasted Lemon Potatoes - The Messy Baker

Easy Roasted Lemon Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Greek
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Serves: 4
These lemony potato wedges are an ideal accompaniment to chicken or a Greek meal. Serve as is or with a side of tzatziki.
  • 4 medium potatoes, washed and cut into wedges (skin left on)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. While the oven is heating, boil the potato wedges in lightly salted water for 15 minutes. Drain.*
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. Pour the oil mixture over the potato wedges and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring once or twice, for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Increase oven temperature to 425°F and roast another 15 minutes or until crisp. Serve as is or with a side of tzatziki.
* Think boiling potatoes is too much work? Just toss the uncooked potato wedges in the oil mixture and bake for an extra 15 to 20 minutes before increasing the heat. The texture won't be quite the same, but the flavour will be just as good.


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  • The Diva on a Diet
    Posted at 14:46h, 27 July Reply

    I guess I’m guilty of the “how hard can it be?” trap myself. It does keep life interesting though, doesn’t it? 😉

    Love lemon roasted potatoes! I made a similar version with my bro’s fresh from the garden potatoes a couple of summer ago and they were fantastic. I don’t think I added garlic to mine, and that sounds like a must-do. Great recipe and lovely words about your mom!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 12:01h, 24 August Reply

      @The Diva on a Diet, the garlic does add to the dish but it’s hard to beat fresh from the garden potatoes.

  • Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen
    Posted at 15:01h, 27 July Reply

    Lemon with potatoes!! Gotta try this…luv ’em both!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 12:03h, 24 August Reply

      @Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen, these are pretty addictive. Even my dad, who doesn’t like potatoes, finds them “acceptable” — high praise coming from a man who could live happily without ever seeing another spud.

  • Robin Smart
    Posted at 16:47h, 27 July Reply

    OK – I’m moving home again. I LOVE those potatoes!!
    Your ‘cross town black sheep potato loving sister.

  • Linda Formichelli
    Posted at 20:59h, 27 July Reply

    That recipe sounds YUM! I look forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 12:04h, 24 August Reply

      @Linda Formichelli, my pleasure. After all, your chocolate oatemal cookie recipe was hit.

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    Posted at 09:10h, 08 June Reply

    I had these potatoes first time last week at a wonderful greek restaurant in Great Neck…They were the best tasting potatoes I have ever tasted. I will try your recipe as well…they look delicious.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 08:15h, 15 June Reply

      I have a soft spot for Greek potatoes, too. These are one of my favourite recipes. I hope you like them. Opa!

  • wanda
    Posted at 08:19h, 04 August Reply


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