Lemon Roasted Potatoes

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Red potatoes are a delicious side dish to accompany your spring meals, particularly Easter Dinner. They are small, easy to find, and somehow seem easier to prepare since you don’t need to peel them completely, nor even cut them, depending on how small you find them.

I recently bought a ten-pound bag for about five dollars, making them a fairly economical side dish. Granted, they are more expensive than your typical russets, but they make for a nice change of pace.

Potatoes have been cultivated for thousands of years, first identified as a Peruvian staple. Exploration brought the potato around the globe. Since it’s a member of the nightshade family of plants, along with tomatoes and eggplant, it wa considered to be poisonous and didn’t catch on in Europe until the 1500s.

The round red potato is one of four main potatoes varieties typically available in North America, though this is certainly changing as more of the 100s of varieties of potatoes are being cultivated across the continent. Reds differ from russets mainly in texture. Reds are waxy and can hold up to certain preparations, like boiling better than russets.

And they taste delicious when seasoned with spices and lemon zest and slow roasted in the oven.

In my experience red potatoes tend to have lots of little eyes, so I try to trim most of those away in addition to any blemishes that might be present. You see, my Aunt Alice lived on a potato farm at one time and told me that eyes and green spots could kill ya. It has to do with the toxicity level of solanine in the plant.

Since I am a worrywart, I opt to trim any questionable bits off the potato.

The color of the red potato, however, is one of their great characteristics, so I don’t peel them. And for some reason, my kids don’t mind eating the peel on these, though they balk at peels on other types of potatoes.

So with these spuds, scrub and poke them in the eyes. Then quarter them and toss in a bowl with the seasoned. Splash them about with some light olive oil and roast them slowly in the oven. Stir them every 15 minutes or so, basting them with the seasoned oil that collects at the bottom of the baking pan.

These are delicious served with grilled fish or roast chicken.

What’s your favorite prep for red potatoes?

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  1. Oh these look delicious! I don’t usually buy red potatoes but I do like them. Great seasonings! Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the recipe – I’ve been asked to bring a potato dish to Passover dinner, so this is perfect!

  3. Anne says

    What a great idea to add the lemon zest!

  4. I love raosting red potatoes, so yummy! I usually cut them up throw in a baggie with a little olive oil and season with garlic salt and some emeril’s seasoning. It’s a favirote here. Love to do it with sweet potatoes too!

  5. These look delicious and would be a nice change from the usual way I cook potatoes. Definitely going to make them soon:)

  6. Mmm, those look so good. I love potatoes especially red ones. DELISH!

  7. jan says

    Excellent timing…just picked up 2 5 lb bags for 99 cents each (thank you Aldis!) … hmmm…may have to omit the baked taters one night and use these instead!

  8. Cheri says

    What a great idea to use lemon zest. I’m going to try this. I actually came here to look for a potato recipe I tried a few months ago from a link on an Ultimate Recipe Post on brunches. I saved the page, but the links are all gone now. 🙁

    If anyone sees this and has the recipe for potatoes that were cubed and tossed with a stick of butter, onions, and some seasonings, please let me know. That’s all I remember of the recipe. And maybe that’s all it is. My family really liked them.

    In the meantime, I’m baking them in the crock pot. 🙂

    • Jessica says

      Try again with the links. I had some issues with Mr Linky this afternoon that I think are resolved. But, URS, is over on LifeasMOM.com

  9. Looks like a delicious and easy recipe! Thank you for sharing.

    • Jessica says

      Super easy and no leftovers!

  10. I made these last week! They were AWESOME!! Definitely will be made again 🙂

  11. Looks like a delicious and easy recipe!

  12. ashly says

    Do you have to use red pototoes? I have a huge bag of the other kind of potatoes that I am looking for a way to use.

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