Monday, August 13, 2007


In 1996, I visited Greece with my college class. We travelled all the way from Geneva to the Peloponnese by bus (with an 18 hours ferry trip across the Adriatic, from Ancona in Italy to Patras). During ten gorgeous days we went through parts of Boeotia, most of the Peloponnese and the Attica. The trip was fabulous and I will always remember that wonderful country for it's beautiful landscapes, welcoming as well as generous inhabitants and delicious food!

Since that very day, I have been very keen on testing Greece's various recipes and informing myself on it's antique, humble yet rich and unique cuisine/culinary traditions. In that place, there's areal philosophy behind eating as it's considered a big pleasure...

Although I discovered many different dishes, there's one speciality (alo
ng with "Moussaka") I ate a lot when i was still at home and loved long before going to Greece: "Lemon Roasted Potatoes". As it is a recipe that is very dear to my heart, I thought that I must share it with you as it would be a "crime" to keep it all for myself...

Those "Greek lemon Roasted Potatoes (Ellinikos Lemoni Patatas)" are maybe simple and basic, but they are nonetheless succulent, mind-blowing, very summery and tasty! They are so deliciously lemony, delicately herby, perfectly aromatised with olive oil and scrumptiously garlicky that it's hard to resist them...

If you want to invite the sun at your table, then that's the right dish to prepare!

~ Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes ~
Recipe by Rosa @ Rosa's Yummy Yums

Serves 4 people.

Mani, Peloponnese.
1kg (2 pounds) waxy potatoes, peeled and cut into 6 or 8 wedges
1/3 Cup Olive oil
The juice of 1 or 2 lemons (or more to taste)
3-4 Cloves garlic, crushed
Dried oregano, to taste
A hint of paprika (optional)
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F).
2. In an ovenproof dish, add all ingredients and stir well.
3. Bake the potatoes for 1 to 1 1/4 hours and
stir every now and then during cooking to coat with the herby oil/sauce.
Serve when the potatoes are cooked through.

You can add more lemon or olive oil. It all depends you, therefore I recommend you to taste the sauce first and then, correct the seasonings if needed.
The potatoes are ready when cooked through (test with a knife), golden and crispy.

Serving suggestions:
Eat this as a main course with a salad or use it as a side dish to accompany roasted/grilled meat like lamb, chicken or pork.
You can also serve with feta cheese...

(Lemeni Village/Mani - Pic by Nikolaos Sotirios Koumaris


  1. Très appétissante ta recette, je suis bien tentée de l'essayer.

  2. Yum ! it sounds very good ! I'm gonna try it and tell you then...

  3. Miam, c'est vrai qu'on a grandement besoin d'un peu de soleil. Je vois bien ca avec un poulet.

  4. Tous ces parfums me plaisent beaucoup!!

  5. miam :! j'en prendrai bien une part !

  6. Miammm!!!! ça à l'air bon!!!

  7. J'ai bien envie de goûter ces pommes de terre au citron. Ce doit être extraordinaire. Merci Rosa de partager.
    Bises amicales

  8. Pas mal, je pense que le paprika apporte un plus intéressant à la recette...

  9. Ce plat a l'air délicieux surtout avec tout ce bagage de souvenirs.

  10. J'adore tes recettes, c'est sûr ! mais ce que j'adore, c'est la façon dont tu les racontes ... "Scrumptiously garlicky" ... Pour un peu, je mordrais mon clavier ... ;o)

  11. Mmmm!
    J'adore les pommes de terre. J'en prends note.

  12. I have a weakness for roasted potatoes and like the idea of this lemon-flavour. Will definitely try it.

  13. Comme elles ont l'air bonnes ces pommes de terre! Jamais je n'aurais pensé associer citron et pdt... Il faut vraiment que j'essaie.

  14. Magnifiques tes photos, comme d'habitude Rosa :)

    Je testerai ta recette de pommes de terre, je n'avais jamais testé avec le citron vert !

    Merci :)

  15. i've been quite crazy about baked potato dishes..been making two versions of potato gratin over the last few weeks. gonna give this a try. thanks for the recipe!

  16. I have never tried Greek food before hmmm....I don't think there is one here in Singapore.

    It looks yummy Rosa!

  17. Des pommes de terre bien parfumées comme je les aime

  18. Okay, I'm getting more and more intimate with your blog, so it's not surprising my soon to come question will be : "When am I invited!?" eat greek potatoes in Switzerland; what exoticness!!!

  19. I don't understand all but I love potatoes and your plate is beautiful I will try it

  20. This sounds so so good! I love Greek potatoes!

    Welcome to The Foodie Blogroll!

  21. La bonne idée que voilà ! et fraîche avec ça, je vais tester sans tarder...

  22. COOKY MONSTER: Merci! Je te la recommande vivement...

    CATHERINE: Thanks! I hope you'll enjoy it. I'm looking forwards to hearing your remarks...

    GRACIANNE: Merci! Oui, avec du poulet, c'est fameux...

    MAYACOOK: Merci!

    MINOUSCHKA: Merci beaucoup!

    HÉLÈNE (cannes): Un grand merci pour ce beau compliment ;-P! Bises...

    CAMMU: Merci! Bien du plaisir avec cette recette...

    CYNTHIA: Thanks! I hope you'll like that recipe! Do tell me how you found it...

    BUREKABOY: Nobody ;-P!!! It's so fine...

    MISS DIANE: Merci! J'espère que ce plat sera à ton goût!

    MAOKA: Merci pour ta visite et ton commentaire sympathique!

    IZOU: Merci :-D!

    MARIE FLO: Merci! J'espère que cette recette te plaira... Bises!

    TIUSCHA: Merci! Oui, en effet...

    ERYN: Merci infiniment :-D! En fait, ces pommes de terre sont au citron jaune... J'espère qu'elle te plaira!

    KEL: Thanks for visiting my blog and for the kind coment! I hope you'll like it!

    SHIONGE: Thanks! Do try this dish, it's fabulous!

    EGLANTINE: Merci :-D!

    VIBI: Thanks for visiting my blog! You can come anytime ;-P! I'd be pleaed to offer you such a dish...

    ANNE H: Thanks for the visit and kind comment! I hope you'll like it!

    JENNDZ - THE LEFTOVER QUEEN: Thanks for your visit, for the kind comment and for adding me to your blogroll :-D!!!

    PATRICIA: J'espère que cette recette sera à ton goût! Merci...

  23. J'aime la Grèce, j'aime sa gastronomie. Je vais adopter cette recette lorsque mon panier présentera des pommes de terre nouvelles. Merci beaucoup pour avoir dénicher cette recette simple et je le sais, très goûteuse.

  24. C'est le soleil qui nous manque, cette recette.

  25. Il semble que cette recette manque encore à notre maison. QUand la temperature redescendra, je la ferais en coupant les pommes de terre en forme de frites pour que ca cuise plus vite. Pour l'instant je mettais seulement du paprika ou du cumin avec huile d'olive dans les frites au four.

  26. Thanks for posting! we tried your recipe and the potatoes were quite tasty :)

  27. ANONYMOUS: Thanks for passing by and for the comment! I'm very happy to hear that you liked my recipe :-D!

  28. Excellent! And I loved the Type O Negative video too! (and I NEVER leave comments...this is the first)

  29. ANONYMOUS: Thanks for passing by and for the kind comment! Yes, TON is a great band! Cheers.

  30. I have made this many times now. It is my favorite lemon potato recipe. I will try it with Feta next time!

  31. ANONYMOUS: Thanks for passing by and for the kind words! I'm glad you like this dish. I'm sure it will taste amazing with feta. :-)