Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Lemon Roasted Potatoes

Okay ladies, here's a recipe even your husband can make! Well, with a little trial and error by mine.. So goes the story of the "Lemon Roasted Potatoes". My husband came home with all the ingredients to make the recipe he got from Miss. Ma'am. He decided to go with the red potatoes instead of the Yukon Gold. He prefers red, always over any other. He also had several lemons and told me that he was making this new recipe for potatoes and that he had it covered. He was told to just add lemon juice, zest, and peel to the normal recipe for roasted potatoes that he makes. This means besides the EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) and whatever spices you find suit your taste..that's it. That's all there is to it, no room for error...right? Well, I have to say that the house smelled as if he was in the kitchen cleaning with some lemon cleaner. This lemon scent soon devoured the house, you could not escape it no matter where you went. I started getting a little concerned..."Sweetie, did Miss. Ma'am tell you how many lemons to use?" I asked. "I've got worries!" His response. An hour later or so, the dinner was ready to be served. It looked fabulous! He decided to make chicken breasts with it as well as corn on the cob. I dove in for a know how when you eat something tart, your mouth revolts? Well, let's just say my whole face revolted. My taste buds were begging me not to take another bite. I asked him how many lemons he used....3 was his answer. So what we know now is....3 lemons are way too many for a pound of potatoes. He seasoned the potatoes with italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, rosemary, and thyme. I could tell that without quite so much lemon, it would be very tasty. A great tip for roasting potatoes is to stir them at least once during roasting. This helps to really seal in the flavor with all the spices and flavors you have added. An additional tip is to marinate the potatoes with all ingredients for at least a 1/2 hour. So, the moral of this recipe story is.....
1 lb. red potatoes, quartered (or whatever you like)
1 tbsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
2 lemons (I think we've concluded this is sufficient)
the zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. EVOO (you want to thinly coat potatoes)
1/2 tsp. each of whatever spices you like! (We like, as I said before; italian seasoning, rosemary, and thyme)
Roast in a 375 degree oven for 45 minutes or so. If you like them a little mushier, roast them a little longer.
Enjoy! Come back and tell me what you thought of this recipe. Doesn't everyone forget to buy a zester when they are at the store? I know I did!

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