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My dad’s classic Greek roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish — and so easy to make

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My dad’s Greek roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish. Here’s how to make them.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider My dad has been making his Greek roasted potatoes for as long as I can remember.  The classic Greek dish adds a delicious twist by flavoring the potatoes with lemon and oregano. My dad’s recipe is super easy, and they’ve always been a huge hit at dinner parties. Over the last year, I’ve been learning to make my dad’s favorite Greek recipes.My dad with his avgolemono soup.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderBoth my parents hail from Thessaloniki, Greece, and a love and appreciation for food runs deep through our roots. My dad’s father was a pastry chef, while my mom’s grandfathers made cheese and honey. My dad started teaching me his recipes during the pandemic, showing me how to make everything from his delicious pastitsio pasta — which I swear is better than lasagna — to the comforting avgolemono soup I always ate when I was sick as a kid. I grew up eating my dad’s Greek lemon roasted potatoes every week.My dad’s Greek roasted potatoes.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderAlmost always accompanied with a roast chicken, these Greek roasted potatoes were a regular fixture at our dinner table. They’re light and bright thanks to the lemon twist, but also super creamy and comforting. So with summer dinner parties on the horizon, I decided it was the perfect time to learn how to make my dad’s Greek roasted potatoes — and share his secrets with you, of course. My dad’s Greek roasted potatoes only need a few simple ingredients.My dad’s Greek roasted potatoes include lemon and dried oregano.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderTo make the potatoes at home, you’ll need: 3-4 large potatoes (about 6-7 inches long each)1 lemon 4 tablespoons butter (½ stick) 1 tablespoon dried oregano ½ tablespoon salt Freshly-ground black pepper And the recipe takes very little prep.First, cut the potatoes.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderTo begin, peel the potatoes and wash them.After the potatoes have been cleaned, it’s time to cut them.My dad has a special technique for chopping the potatoes quickly.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderMy dad has his own quick technique for chopping the potatoes: First, cut the potato in half lengthwise and slice off the two round ends on each half. Then slice down the middle of each half again.Cut across the potato to get equal pieces, which should each be around ¾-inch long. Then throw your potato pieces into the pan.Spread the potatoes onto your baking dish.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderTo make a big batch of potatoes for a recent dinner party, my dad used this four-quart baking dish. We had plenty of potatoes for seven people, plus leftovers for the next day (and who doesn’t love those). Pour about half a cup of water over the potatoes.Add some water so the potatoes don’t stick to the bottom.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderThe water helps stop the potatoes from sticking to the pan. My dad recommends pouring just enough water so that there’s a small layer at the bottom.If you want an extra burst of flavor, my dad recommends swapping water for chicken broth instead. Then squeeze some fresh lemon juice.You’ll need one lemon for a big pan of potatoes.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderYou’ll want to squeeze at least one lemon for your pan of potatoes. And if you really love the flavor, my dad says you can always add more.Then just pour the lemon juice over your potatoes …Then pour the lemon juice on top.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderYour prep is almost done! … and don’t forget to season.Season the potatoes with oregano, salt, and pepper.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderSprinkle your salt, pepper, and oregano evenly on top of the potatoes. Our last step is adding the butter.And don’t forget the butter!Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderMy dad recommends cutting your butter into thin slices and placing them right on top of the potatoes. Now it’s time to bake!Bake the potatoes at 360 degrees Fahrenheit.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderMy dad typically bakes his potatoes on the convection roast setting of our oven for around an hour and a half at 360 degrees Fahrenheit. This timing and temperature will also work if you want to cook a roast chicken with your potatoes in the same pan. We also tested this recipe on the regular bake setting in case your oven doesn’t have a convection roast and found that it took about two hours and 15 minutes to finish the potatoes.If you choose to bake your potatoes on the convection roast setting, my dad recommends flipping them once around the one-hour mark. This will help stop the tops from burning. If you cook them on the regular setting, there’s no need for any flipping! Just let those potatoes bake and wait for your kitchen to smell delicious. Check on your potatoes every 30 minutes.Make sure to keep an eye on your potatoes.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderIf they’re looking a little dry, my dad recommends adding some more water to the pan.Your potatoes should come out looking crispy and golden.These potatoes are sure to impress at any dinner party.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderIf you’re making these potatoes for a big dinner, you can also cook them ahead of time. My dad recommends throwing them in the oven at 340 degrees Fahrenheit for a few minutes to warm the potatoes before serving. Throw a little more lemon or oregano on top if you wish, then dig in!The potatoes are crispy on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderI’ve made many variations of potatoes, including Emily Blunt’s delicious English roasted potatoes. But nothing beats the potatoes that I grew up with. My dad’s roasted potatoes look beautiful on the plate, and they’ve got such a great flavor. The seasoning adds some depth, while the lemon brightens everything up without overwhelming your palate. Plus they’re cooked perfectly — crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. And you can’t beat how easy and foolproof this recipe is. I recently served my dad’s potatoes at a dinner party and everyone went for seconds. My best friend Nausheen even declared that they were the best potatoes she’s ever had. My dad’s roasted potatoes are perfect for a family meal, big dinner party, or when you just need a taste of Greece — and some comforting carbs.I think these Greek roasted potatoes are perfect for any family meal.Anneta Konstantinides/InsiderMy dad has been making these roasted potatoes for as long as I can remember, and he grew up with them as well. “We always had these roasted potatoes with chicken,” he told me. “It’s a traditional Sunday meal in Greece.” Whether it’s for the holidays or just a nice meal around the dinner table, I know roasted potatoes remind so many people of home. So I hope this recipe is the perfect excuse to get together with family or friends. And if you’re looking for a perfect Greek dessert, my dad’s baklava shouldn’t be missed. Read the original article on Insider

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