Potatoes With a Twist

by jerseygirl on May 19, 2009 · 21 comments

The other night, our whole family went to a Greek restaurant. I was a little nervous because my seven year old son is very picky and they didn’t have a children’s menu. But we figured that if worse came to worse, he could eat pita bread and dessert. He was lucky in the fact that they ended up having chicken fingers and fries for all the picky little people that come in. My daughter ordered fried calamari for an appetizer. When my son saw it, he proclaimed that it looked so good. He decided to try some and loved it. Boy, was I surprised. Not so much that he enjoyed eating it but surprised that somehow his gagging reflex didn’t appear when my daughter told him it was squid. I don’t deep fry at home, so unfortunately, I will not be making fried calamari anytime soon. But I did have wonderful potatoes which I tried to copy tonight.

Upon taking a bite of the roasted potatoes the other night, my husband noticed a lemony aroma. I was surprised he would like lemon on his potatoes as he only likes lemon on certain types of food. We both thought they were quite good so I decided to use a beautiful Meyer lemon that I was able to get at the market last week. If you have never bought Meyer lemons, I would advise you to get a bag next time you see them. They are lemons that are crossed with an orange. The smell is out of this world. How great do these look?

Basically , I cut up some baby Yukon gold potatoes and tossed them with lemon juice, olive oil and spices. Roast them in the oven and you get an incredible easy side dish. My husband could smell them before he even walked in the door.

Meyer Lemon and Rosemary Roasted potatoes
10 to 12 baby Yukon potatoes
1 to 2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS dried rosemary
the juice from one Meyer lemon (use a regular lemon if that’s all you have)
a sprinkle of garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut potatoes in smaller pieces. Toss with the olive oil, rosemary and lemon juice. Sprinkle with garlic powder and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender and golden brown.

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Jan May 20, 2009 at 12:54 am

I love rosemary on roasted potatoes, but I’m sure those Meyer lemons gave them a real lift. Looks and sounds scrummy.

Debbie May 20, 2009 at 7:17 am

They look wondeful Lisa. I love roasted potatoes and unfortunately could eat a ton by myself!!! Would you believe I have never seen Meyer lemons. All I ever see are regular lemons…I’ll have to keep looking. I’ve heard so much about them!

Allie May 20, 2009 at 10:45 am

Great idea using the meyer lemons! My dad grows his own so now I’ll have to beg for some. 🙂

Lynda May 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

I love roasted potatoes but haven’t tried them with lemon. I bet the lemon flavor is delicious with the rosemary, so I’ll be trying this next time I make roasted potatoes!

Barbara Bakes May 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

We love anything lemon at our house. These would be a big hit!

Bridgett May 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

I just love meyer lemons and I just picked up a load of them at the farmer’s market the other day. This is a great idea to put them to use. Your potatoes look so delicious!

That Girl May 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

my husband is similar with lemons.

BTW – you could always bread and broil calamari if you want to encourage your little picky eater. It gets nice and crispy and is super easy.

Mary May 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm

What a lovely combination! This sounds and looks delicious.

Aggie May 20, 2009 at 1:22 pm

What a great recipe Lisa! I have a small Meyer lemon tree in the backyard that I’m hoping gives me lots of lemons!

Dawn May 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I’ve done this before and lemon not only the taste but the aroma while it’s cooking.
I wanted to say that the part about your fussy son liking calamari was cute. Sometimes with kids its all in how you dress up the food that makes them want to eat or see it a diff way. Funny

The Food Hunter May 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Sounds interesting. I ould’ve never thought to add lemon to potatoes like that.

A. and M. May 20, 2009 at 3:01 pm

IT is a must try…sounds delicoius..

Juliana May 20, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Love rosemary and lemon, very creative. By the way, we already moved to our new place…can you please send my basket? Thank you very much.

Kerstin May 20, 2009 at 7:22 pm

I love lemon on roasted potatoes – looks yummy! I’m glad your son enjoyed a new dish too!

Peter M May 21, 2009 at 5:38 am

Aren’t greek roast potatoes awesome? For better results…try cranking the heat to 450f…you’ll see and taste the difference.

kat May 21, 2009 at 8:48 am

Oh lemony potatoes, sounds like a really fresh take on roasted potatoes

HoneyB May 21, 2009 at 10:34 am

Oh I bet these were awesome. I could easily do this for just me. (Yeah, I’m eating alone these days cause Grumpy’s working late nights.)

Paula May 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Oooh, those lemons sounds wonderful! Isn’t it great to take the kids out and they actually EAT?!! These potatoes will be a favorite in my house! YUM!

Culinary Cory May 21, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I think it’s always fun to get a picky eater to try something new and actually like it. Congrats to your son for trying calamari. I like the idea of using meyer lemons with roasted potatoes. Isn’t fun to be inspired by a meal at a restaurant?

laserjet printer May 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm

i so love potatoes my favorite

diving Boracay June 3, 2009 at 8:55 pm

love so much rosemary on potatoes..

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