Heady with the aroma and delicious sting of garlic, those crispy little brown edges and lemony outsides give way to an earthy, almost melt in your mouth, potato goodness in each and every mouthful.
That's if everything goes to plan, and I'm happy to say, I've been lucky with yummy results every time I do these roasties. Around our house we almost always do them when we're having Greek food, but great with prime rib or BBQ chicken too, or........wait a minute.......yummy with spareribs, or pork chops or leg of lamb, or ........well you get the idea.
Let me know how your roasties turn out and what you had with them.
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Here we go........pull out a medium to large-ish baking dish, toss in cut potatoes. Add olive oil, lemon juice, lemon pieces, minced garlic, water and lots of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Get in there with your hands and mix everything around until the potatoes are coated with all that flavour goodness.
LEMON GARLIC ROASTIES
6-8 medium red skinned, Yukon gold or new potatoes
5 plump garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1 lemon, quartered
1 - 2 cups water
Sea salt or seasoned salt
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut potatoes into quarters or bigger than bite-size chunkers. Put potato pieces into baking pan with minced garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon pieces and 1 cup water. Sprinkle very liberally with sea or seasoned salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss about with your hands to ensure potatoes are evenly coated.
Most of the garlic with slip slide into the olive oil - water mixture which will keep it from burning and get it's glorious flavour percolating right into the spuds as they roast. Bake 35 minutes until starting to get a golden crust, then stir them up, reseason if they look like they want it and add 1/2 to 1 cup water if pan is getting at all dry. Important not to let the pan go dry!
Pop them back in the oven for another 35 to 45 minutes until your roasties are gorgeously golden brown with crispy edges here and there and aromatic deliciousness everywhere. Serve hot from the oven. Everyone will be glad you did.