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If you've made and loved our Greek Lemon Chicken and Fondant Potatoes, then you will absolutely adore these lemon pepper potatoes, since it's basically the best of those two recipes put together, minus the chicken. Tender on the inside and crusty on the outside, these potatoes make for an impressive side dish. The only problem is whatever main course you pair it with is in serious danger of being upstaged.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 potato halves
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C).

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  • Trim off long edges of the russet potatoes so that they can lay flat. Cut in half lengthwise and rinse in a bowl of cold water to remove excess starch. Pat dry on paper towels. Season generously with black pepper, cayenne, and salt.

  • Coat the bottom of a large baking dish with olive oil. Lay potatoes seasoned-sides down in the dish. Brush tops with more olive oil; season with pepper, cayenne, and salt.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove and carefully flip potatoes over. Let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine broth with lemon zest and juice. Pour mixture over the potatoes. Scrape zest off the tops of the potatoes and back into the broth. Stick oregano sprigs between the potatoes. Season with pepper. Shake the dish lightly to slosh the sauce back and forth.

  • Return potatoes to the oven and roast for 15 minutes. Flip again; continue roasting until very soft and creamy on the inside and crusty on the outside, 10 to 15 minutes more. Flip over once more to serve. Drizzle more olive oil on top; sprinkle with pepper and more oregano.

Chef's Notes:

Speaking of chicken, if you happen to be roasting one, besides keeping the bones for stock, be sure to save the rendered fat as well, since that will elevate this dish to even greater heights.

Feel free to add some garlic here, but if you do, I'd go with whole cloves, since minced garlic may burn onto the bottom of the dish towards the end of the roasting time.

These are great eaten hot and fresh, but if for some reason you don't finish them all, they make the best home fries you'll ever eat. Just cut them up and fry in some olive oil until crispy.

Nutrition Facts

206 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 32.8g; fat 7g; cholesterol 0.8mg; sodium 206.8mg. Full Nutrition
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