This is a recipe I made over the winter that I've been looking forward to sharing with you. My sister got me an awesome cookbook for Christmas, Food Network Magazine's Great Easy Meals. I subscribe to several food magazines now, but Food Network Magazine is hands-down my favorite. My favorite day of the month is the day that Jim walks in the door with it in his hands after checking the mailbox. I was so excited to get the cookbook for Christmas because it's like having a whole stack of the magazines, but all in one book. If you read the magazine, you know they have two major sections, Weeknight Cooking and Weekend Cooking. This book is a compilation of tons of the Weeknight Cooking recipes. They are right up my alley: simple and easy to throw together, use everyday ingredients, but are very fresh and unique and very creative, I think.
The first recipe I made from this book is a side dish, Lemon Potatoes. That's the other nice thing about this cookbook: all of the recipes are also on the Food Network website, so I can look them up and read reviews from people who have tried them.
Lemon Roasted Potatoes
4 potatoes, peeled
⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, smashed
4 oregano sprigs, or ½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 500°.
Slice potatoes into 1½” rounds. Place in an oven-proof skillet. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and oregano. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle salt over potatoes. Add enough water to come halfway up the sides of the potatoes. Cover, bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Uncover and place in the oven for 30 more minutes.
Makes 4 servings.
These potatoes are so yummy! I love the beautiful brown color they get on the edges. The combination of the lemon, garlic, and oregano is amazing. The potatoes cooked through perfectly, not underdone and not too mushy. Potatoes are quite heavy, so lemon pairs perfectly with them; it brightens up their flavor beautifully.
This is a great go-to side dish to have on hand, and is perfect on nights when your main dish uses the stove top.