Lemon-Roasted Potatoes with Kalamatas

February 9, 2011

Author Notes: I've been making these potatoes for years and love to serve them with slow-roasted Greek chicken. The olives mellow out with the long roasting time. inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: This is such a fabulous recipe that I plan to commit it to memory and to keep pitted kalamata olives on hand at all times. These roasted potatoes are so simple to make, but the amazing flavor (garlic + lemon + kalamatas) will haunt you until every last melting potato wedge has been devoured. They would pair well with roast chicken, broiled fish, or grilled lamb chops. Definitely an Editors' Pick! AppleAnnie

Serves: 4 as a side
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hrs


  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • 1/2 cup water (plus more, if needed)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives (about 25–30), pitted
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients (except the parsley) and layer them evenly in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  2. Roast at 400°F for 30 minutes. If at this point the potatoes seem dry, add another 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Turn the potatoes and roast for 30 more minutes. Serve sprinkled with the parsley, if desired.

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