Crispiest Greek Lemon Potatoes

Ingredients

    • 7 large potatoes (maris piper)

    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

    • 150ml olive oil (3/4 cup)

    • 150ml water (3/4 cup)

    • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

    • juice of 2 lemons

    • 1 teaspoon semolina

    • salt and freshly ground pepper

Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F

    2. To prepare these extra crispy Greek lemon potatoes, cut the potatoes into wedges and place them on a large metal roasting pan. Into a bowl add the remaining ingredients (including the semolina and the 150ml of water) and blend; pour the semolina-lemon mixture over the potatoes and season well with salt and pepper.

    3. Bake for 40 minutes, until a nice golden crust has formed on the potatoes; turn them out of the oven, toss them a little bit to bring them upside down, sprinkle with a pinch of oregano and put back into the oven for another 30-40 minutes. If all of the liquid has been absorbed and the pan appears to be getting dry, add 1/4-1/2 of a cup hot water into the pan or some extra lemon mixture, before they have fully browned

    4. The secret for these extra crispy Greek lemon potatoes is to sprinkle the potatoes with some semolina, as it helps to form a nice golden crust around them. Don’t be afraid of over baking them- they will become even more delicious!

Tip

The perfect Greek lemon potatoes: start with the right potato variety

Selecting the right potato variety for your Greek lemon potatoes is crucial if you want to achieve that perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside texture. The ideal type is Maris Piper as they are one of the most starchy kind and will become quite crumbly when baked and even Heston Blumenthal recommends them! There are two ways that you can bake your roast potatoes:

  1. You can parboil them, i.e. cut them up in wedges, boil them in a pan until right before they are ready and then sift using a colander. Then drizzle with some semolina and the lemon sauce.
  2. Alternatively you can cut your potatoes up in wedges, dress and bake them straight in the oven.

The second approach will take a little longer as the potatoes need to bake for longer but I have found that it gives them crispier edges, while the parboiled version allows for more of the lemon sauce to soak in and tend to be flakier.

The secret ingredient for the crispiest Greek lemon potatoes is in the sauce!

The special sauce that we will be using to garnish our favorite Greek lemon potatoes is nothing else than a mix of lemon juice, dried oregano, minced garlic and some semolina. Semolina is made from ground up durum wheat and is perfect for making roasting dressings. Semolina will coat the potatoes and will harden up when cooking, forming a nice crispy skin around them and adding to the crunchiness of the maris piper potato. For a large batch of about 7-8 potatoes use 3 garlic cloves, 3/4 of a cup olive oil, equal amount of water (if not parboiled), 1 tsp dried oregano, the juice from 2 lemons and 1 or 2 tsps of semolina, depending on how crispy you like your Greek lemon potatoes! I always make a little extra just in case the potatoes need a little longer to cook and I have to season again mid-cooking.

Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed these lemon roast potatoes with a variety of roasts, like roast lamb, chicken, pork and of course beef and they have been the perfect side dish for my large Sunday family meal. So go ahead, give them a try using the detailed instructions below and bake these authentic, traditional Greek lemon potatoes to perfection!

 

  

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