15 March 2012

It's time again for the Improv Challenge.  The premise of this challenge is easy: each month there are two assigned ingredients.  The participants must make a recipe using both ingredients and blog about it.

Improv Challenge

This month the assigned ingredients were potatoes and cheese.  Oh man, what can't you make with potatoes and cheese?  My first thought was some kind of baked cheesy potatoes, but then I saw a recipe for Greek Roasted Potatoes at Cinnamon Girl Recipes and I couldn't wait to try it.  Then I realized that it qualified for this challenge.  I was happy to have a reason to try this amazing dish for myself.  I made a few changes; here's my version.

Greek Roasted Potatoes with Feta and Lemon

6 cups potatoes, 3/4" cubes (about 2½ lbs.)
¼ cup olive oil
½ tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped

Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets with oil.

In a large bowl toss potatoes with oil, thyme, oregano, and salt. Spread out on baking sheet, flesh sides down, and bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown on one side.  Carefully turn potatoes so they lie on another flesh side.  Bake another 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on that side.  Turn once more and bake until potatoes are cooked through, another 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, marinate the feta in the lemon juice and oregano.

Remove potatoes from oven and place them in a serving bowl.  Top with lemony feta and toss to combine.

Makes 4-6 servings.

These potatoes were phenomenal.  They were roasted perfectly, which I have had problems doing in the past.  Brushing the baking sheets with oil helped the potatoes to not stick so much.  The type of potatoes I used probably helped that too.  They were Klondike Rose with golden flesh.  They are not very starchy, so they don't stick as badly.

I used fresh oregano instead of parsley because we don't really like parsley.  I also used much less lemon, because I didn't want it to be too sour.  

These potatoes roasted so perfectly that I will probably use this method (with different seasonings) the next time I want to roast potatoes.

Come back next month to see what fun thing I will make with peanut butter and jelly!

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  1. Those potatoes look great! I just wish I could get the inlinkz to work! 

  2. These sound great. The next time I make a pork roast this will be the potato to go with it. Can't wait to make them.

  3. I eat these at my favorite Greek restaurant and never learned how to make them at home.  I am excited about this recipe, thank you!  Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  4. These potatoes look yummy!  Something different that I'll have to try soon!  New follower via Mom's Crazy Cooking! 

  5. I love the Greek flavor combination and I know that the feta with the potatoes must be awesome.  

    Thank you for visiting my Improv Cooking Challenge entry:   Loaded Potato & Buffalo Chicken Casserole
    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. I loveeee feta cheese.  This looks really great!  What a good way to handle the Improv Challenge!

  7. Oh yummy! There is a resturant that I love that makes greek fries and this reminds me of them.... sounds delish!

  8. How excellent!  Roasted to perfection! :)

  9. Wow - do these sound delicious! Love all the creative potato & cheese dishes that have come out of this challenge!

  10. Lesa...these look absolutely scrumptious!  I love roasted potatoes, but adding feta and lemon just puts these over the top!  What a GREAT recipe for this months ingredients!  : )

  11. Yum! Can wait to make these.

  12. Oh, that looks delicious and it combines some of my favorite summer ingredients!  I bet it would go great with a nice salad and grilled Greek marinated chicken breasts. 

  13. mmmmmmmmmm -- we ate a dish like this at My Big Fat Gr33k Restaurant. My boys love them some feta, so we're gonna have to try this, soon!

  14. What a great take on roasted potatoes!  I'll have to give these a try!

  15. These potatoes look so good, what a great combination of flavors!

  16. Teri @ The Freshman CookMarch 16, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    This is a great recipe! I love roasted potatoes!  Looks beautiful!

  17. Thanks for making my potatoes! They look so good I might have to make them for dinner tonight!

  18. This is nice.  I really like the flavors of this dish.