Patates sto Fourno (Greek Garlic Lemon Potatoes ) Recipe
About a month back, a dear reader Sudha asked me for a Potato recipe which is my all time fav. She said she loved roast potatoes and that which makes it often. She asked me if I had a twist to regular roast potatoes. This recipe "Patates sto Fourno" is a Greek recipe for Garlic and Lemon Potatoes. It is a staple in taverna menus and I read that it is usually served with roasted chicken/grilled fish dishes. The potatoes are mostly cubed and browned. Once its done, lemon juice and garlic is added towards the end. For me personally, cubing always for some reason more often ends up as soggy dish. That's bad news! So I usually cut them into wedges (tip suggested by a friend who gave me this recipe)
Patates sto Fourno (Greek Garlic Lemon Potatoes ) Recipe
It is also usually Oven Roasted and I have done that too when I have the time but most of the times I just want to do it fast. So I apologize to anyone out there who is on a carb-free, fat free, low calorie or no calorie diet!!! I will post the other method some other time. But for now enjoy this amazingly crusty and crunchy dish where after the initial bite, a blast of freshness hits thanks to lemon and light garlicky touch reminds you of Garlic fries. In short - if you like garlic and roasted potatoes, this is perfect for you.
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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 4 medium gold potatoes, scrubbed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp butter(skip and add more oil to make it vegan)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves (or halve it if using dried)
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced (abt 4 tsp)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves - optional (I used cilantro)
1. You can either cube the potatoes or chop it like wedges. Usually the potatoes are peeled but I cringe to think of throwing away the nutrient filled skin hence I use it in my cooking and don't peel them.
2. Heat 1 tbsp oil and butter in a large skillet over med-high heat. Once the butter has melted,
3. brown the potatoes on both the cut sides, each side about 5-6 minutes.
4. Reduce the heat to med-low, cover and cook the potatoes until tender.
5. Meanwhile mix together oil, lemon juice, zest, oregano, minced garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl
6. When the potatoes are tender, add the garlic-lemon mixture and stir v v gently. The potatoes will break otherwise.
Continue to cook, uncovered for 3-4 minutes. The best part is once the garlic mixture is added, after 1 minute, the blast of aroma that hits your nose is absolutely delicious :) Can you see the crusty surface on the potatoes?  Garnish with parsley or cilantro if using. Patates sto Fourno (Greek Garlic Lemon Potatoes ) Recipe

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By Uthra on Jan 29, 2013

I always used to make fries with chilli powder oil and the same old method. But after seeing this dish, I was excited to try. As the dish is new to me, tried as exactly told. It was delicious and got several compliments from my husband. I am sure I will make this again :) And will continue seeing this blog for many more recipes :) Thank you.

Uthra Vivek

By Denise on Jan 19, 2012

Made this and turned out great!!  The lemon-garlic combo was awesome

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By Angeliki on Feb 24, 2013

Papates sto Fourno means Potatos in Oven or ovenbaked, so I'm confused by yoyr recipe. Definitely not Greek style to fry potatoes!

Yes and I do mention that in my text before the recipe. Will make it more clear in my post given that you have missed it! --DK

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By padma on Oct 5, 2011

Wow.I just wanna grab those wedges. Why did I see this post when its rainy cold afternoon? I want to make this tonight but no garlic at home. :-|

By Laxmi on May 24, 2011

Potatoes look Crunchy, tempting me to bite. Must give a try soon.

By Natasha on Jan 4, 2011

I made this recipie today January 4, 2010 and it was excellent. I was experimenting a dish to make for my in laws and this is a great accompaniment. I'm just not sure what kind of meat to serve....hmmm...I tasted them and they were GREAT. But after turning off the gas, I realized that I wanted my potatoes to be extra soft, so I added a half cup of water, covered the taters and let them cook out all the water. The result was heavenly either way. The recipie is GREAT. Thank you!!!!

By Iyer on Jan 4, 2011

Awesome, I am made this for a tea party and it was a big hit

By Ryan on Nov 15, 2010

This looks like it could potentially be a good low fat alternative for a side dish, rather than chips... thanks! :)

By Madhuri on Nov 2, 2010

I loved these potatoes... I have been in love with this style of potato, and this recipe just turned out the way it looks... i used red chilli flakes in place of pepper, coz i love the taste of chilli..... :lol:

By mirto on Sep 4, 2010

Hey there!Well,I'm Greek and I can say that the recipie is pretty good.I haven't tried it yet, but I can make some notices.Usually the roasted potatoes are soft,or just a bit crispie. We add the lemon with the oil and the garlic and a glass of water,all these in the begining and in the middle of roasting we -mix?scramble?- the potatoes so as not to intrude into the pan. :wink:

By mahsa on Aug 28, 2010

I LOVE YOU FOR SHARING THIS, thank you so much I have to travel 1 hour to eat these potatoes at my favorite Greek restaurant

By megna on Aug 15, 2010

hello dk!!can i substitute sweet(red)potatoes for the golden ones??

I dont see why not :)

By Sam on Aug 14, 2010

this dish is amazing .. very very tasty .. but my potatoes didnt turn out crunchy, they were soft .. any idea wt i did wrong?

It depends on the beginning of the cooking. The idea is to place the potatoes on high heat for some time without moving until it forms that crunchy base. Usually lots of oil helps to do that - but U can recreate it using a non stick/cast iron pan. Cast iron pan esp. works the best....:)

By Karly on Jun 12, 2010

OH MY! I made these the other night and I have to say they were just amazing!!! Delicious and easy! I also added a little Parmesan on them and it was yummy. I had some for lunch the next day. Oh and I am a cilantro girl too so I used that instead of parsley, loved it! Thank you! :lol:

By Kim Remesch on May 10, 2010

I stumbled on this one. It wouldn't let me leave the thumbs up. It's 6 a.m. here in Maryland, and I want potatoes!! Those look absolutely yummy. The format is so easy to follow. Thanks. Kim

By Betha on Apr 22, 2010

These are easy and insanely delicious! Thank you!

By Gilli on Apr 17, 2010

Hi Just going to make a Greek meal for a Greek friend and found your recipe. It looks delicious. Ging to serve it with lamb I will be posting this dinner and will credit you for the potatoes. Keep a look out next week I shall ne blogging. Cheers

By Mary on Apr 5, 2010

I'm not a big fan of potatoes, but your recipe makes me want to eat some. LOL It looks really really good. I'll have to check out the other recipes you posted. It's nice to see all the vegetable options.

By qwondre on Mar 25, 2010

So I apologize to anyone out there who is on a carb-free, fat free, low calorie or no calorie diet!!! I will post the other method some other time. Waiting........... WAITING............... WAITING!!................ PLEASE!!.................... You are so cruel................... :) I not!!! I am so cruel with myself sometimes ;) --DK

By Voyagetime on Mar 22, 2010

potaoes Garlic and lemon is a nice combination

By Karen on Mar 19, 2010

These are the potatoes my Greek roommate used to make - so delicious. Thanks for posting this authentic recipe with such nice photos (photos are the things that slow me down, too.)

By Rajaa on Mar 17, 2010

Perfect dish to relax with wife & kid on a saturday evening.Great pix too.Would love to see more of such "Zat-Pat" snacks in future.

By CurryLeaf on Mar 15, 2010

Sweety,I am sorry I missed this post completely. EXCELLENT patates. I love potatoes and this one is a must try.MOUTHWATERING :P :P :P :D HEARTY THANKS FOR THE DELICIOUS ENTRY

By Sunil on Mar 15, 2010

The amount of oregano should read "(or halve it if using dried)". Will certainly try your recipe this weekend. My Missus will love it, being Irish. I stumbled upon your site searching for a genuine Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Thanks Sunil. Have corrected the error :) --DK

By Shveta on Mar 12, 2010

Super gorgeous roasted potatoes. I'll definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing this simple but flavorful recipe. My cooking blog is:

By Rashim on Mar 12, 2010

Thank you very much chintamanii- for suggesting an alternative for garlic in this recipe :)

By chintamanii on Mar 11, 2010

you can use asafotida as garlic & onion alternative...

By vanamala on Mar 11, 2010

Lovely ....nice pictures

By PJ on Mar 10, 2010

Gorgeous clicks divi!!!I always wanted to make roast potato but u knw i dnt have an oven.This sounds like my kind of dish!!Will surely try it n tell u how it came out....lil angel is in for a treat!!!!

By Divya Vikram on Mar 10, 2010

Beautifully roasted Dhiv. Simple flavors yet exotic dish :)

By Champa on Mar 10, 2010

I don't know how you take so many pictures. That is my least favorite part of blogging. BTW, I am hosting my first event which is on baking. Check it out if you are interested.

By Cooking Foodie on Mar 10, 2010

Love the potatoes.. crispy garlicy... wow

By Joie de vivre on Mar 10, 2010

Crunchety, crispety goodness.

By Radhika Vasanth on Mar 10, 2010

Looks YUMM... The texture of the potatoes looks so perfect that one would immediately grab couple of wedges and gulp it... some time back I made similar roast potatoes with some extra spices and herbs... Also this is one of the savory dishes I first made in my oven... and it has become my favorite..

By Rashim on Mar 10, 2010

I dont eat garlic and onions. Can this be made without that? Will it taste good? Any suggestions on alternative?

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By Deepa G Joshi on Mar 10, 2010

wow, such a delicious and tasty recipe..too good clicks.

By Priya on Mar 10, 2010

Potatoes looks absolutely delicious, am inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this beautiful dish..

By musical on Mar 9, 2010

Love it! Will take it with some red chilli powder :).

By vandana rajesh on Mar 9, 2010

The potatoes looks heavenly...bookmarked.

By Sharmila on Mar 9, 2010

Garlic, lemon and butter with the all time fav potatoes! Too good. Love that slightly browned look on the poatatoes. :-)

By rachel on Mar 9, 2010

Ooh I love potaoes and served in any method. I did a lemon galric potato dish too at but a lot different from yours.

By Rachel on Mar 9, 2010

I've made something similar, marinating chicken and potatoes, and then roasting them in the oven, but this seems like it's a little quicker--I'm definitely going to try this soon!

By Siri on Mar 9, 2010

How refreshing. I love the garlic and lemon ka twist. :-D I hope you have my recipe request on the top priority list :wink: Hugs, Siri :-D