We were Going to the Greek for dinner one Sunday evening when son David, and his lovely Greek girlfriend Vyktorya (Vikki) were paying a visit. It’s always a little tricky with Vikki (rhyme intended) who was a staunch vegan for quite some, but now does eat meat on occasion. Lucky for us lamb is one she enjoys. (Something to do with the Greek ancestry perhaps?)
Once we settled on the entrée, we had to come up with sides that would complement the Greek flavors of the lamb marinade. Potatoes were kind of a no-brainer, and Russ quickly settled on these Best Roasted Greek Potatoes that he found themediterraneandish.com website.
To achieve just the right texture, first the potatoes are baked covered for 40 minutes or so in plenty of liquid—olive oil, lemon juice, and broth. As they are covered, the potatoes tenderize as they absorb steam and take in the perfectly flavored liquid.
A little secret ingredient here is a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
added midway through baking.
Roasted Mediterranean Potatoes
- 1 tsp. seasoned salt
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1 tsp. rosemary
- 4 large baking potatoes, peeled, washed, cut into wedges
- 8 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 1 ¼ cup vegetable or chicken broth
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 cup parsley leaves, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix together spices. Set aside.
- Place potato wedges in a large lightly-oiled baking dish and sprinkle with the spice mix. Toss potatoes together briefly to evenly distribute spices.
- In a bowl, whisk together chopped garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and broth. Pour into baking dish with potatoes.
- Cover the baking dish with foil and place in the 400 degree F-heated oven for 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven briefly. Uncover and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on the potato wedges. Return to oven uncovered to roast for another 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through and have turned a nice golden brown with a little crust forming.
- To add more color, place the dish under the broiler for 3 minutes or so, watching carefully.
- Remove from oven. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.
Recipe found on http://www.themediterraneandish.com