A perfect side dish for any meal.
Looking for a delicious and healthy side dish that goes well with just about anything? Look no further than these Greek roasted potatoes! They’re packed with flavor thanks to the Greek seasonings, and they’re super easy to make. Plus, potatoes are loaded with health benefits. So go ahead and enjoy your Greek roasted potatoes guilt-free with any meal of the day!
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This healthy side dish is made with just a few simple, affordable, easy-to-find ingredients. Each ingredient is hand-selected, not just for flavor, but also for its unique health benefits. Let’s take a look at the role each ingredient plays in making these Greek roasted potatoes energizing and delicious!
Yukon Gold Potatoes
This is obviously the star of our Greek roasted potatoes recipe! A cross between the wild South American yellow potato and the North American white potato, Yukon gold potatoes are known for their smooth, eye-free skin and light golden color. Particularly high in vitamin C, this potato variety is known to boost your energy and help manage your blood pressure and blood sugar. Potatoes in general are underrated in terms of the health benefits they offer. They’re packed with nutrients, including vitamin B6, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, niacin, and folate. Rich in antioxidants, keeping potatoes in your diet may help ward off cancer and other diseases. Potatoes also support healthy digestion by fueling the “good” bacteria in your gut. Not to mention, this starchy veggie may aid you on your weight loss journey, as it’s known to keep you fuller longer than your average processed carb.
Sweet Onion or Yellow Onion
An excellent way to sneak in some flavor and crunch, onions are also quite healthy for you. High in sulfur, they’re known to reduce cholesterol and break down blood clots, reducing your risk of stroke and heart disease. They’re also rich in antioxidants and known to be anti-inflammatory, which means they help your body fight disease and prevent cancer. This low-calorie veggie is packed with fiber as well as nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium. Onions even have antibacterial properties, which means they can help your body fight off dangerous bacteria like E.coli. Plus, they support strong bones by boosting your bone density and aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients like calcium thanks to the prebiotics they contain.
Oregano is more than just a spice–it has powerful healing properties and may even protect your body against viral infection! This is why it’s often used to reduce symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and even COVID. Oregano is also rich in antioxidants, meaning it prevents your body from developing cancer and helps reduce inflammation. Its antibacterial properties help your body fight off dangerous infections. This spice is rich in vitamin K1, which helps break down blood clots and strengthen bones (which is why oregano may reduce symptoms of arthritis). It’s good for your skin, supports oral health, and even has antifungal properties. Plus, when applied topically, it can even help relieve insect bites! It’s always a good idea to keep this earthy, savory spice on hand–it’s practically a superfood.
Low in calories and packed with antioxidants that may prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, garlic has a lot more to offer than just that delicious boost in flavor. In ancient civilizations, garlic was often used for its medicinal properties, thanks to compounds like sulfur and allicin. It prevents the common cold and reduces the length that cold symptoms last by up to 70%. Garlic also contains nutrients like manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, selenium, and fiber. This ingredient reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels, naturally improves athletic performance, and may even help you live longer. Plus, garlic has been proven to detox your body and blood from heavy metals like lead if you’re exposed. Particularly for women, garlic provides a boost in estrogen, which can repair an estrogen deficiency while also minimizing bone loss and fighting osteoarthritis.
Lemon zest adds tons of tangy flavor to our Greek roasted potatoes and is surprisingly nutritious! Don’t skimp on this flavorful addition–just one tablespoon contains a gram of fiber and 9% of your daily recommended vitamin C. Lemon zest’s antibacterial properties prevent oral disease, and it’s high in antioxidants that slow aging and prevent tissue damage. Great for immune health, lemon zest offers antimicrobial and antifungal properties. It also reduces cholesterol, promotes heart health, prevents cancer, and may even be beneficial in treating gallstones.
In moderation, salt is actually quite good for you! It promotes vascular health, provides electrolytes, prevents muscle cramping, and helps your body retain and balance its fluid levels to keep you hydrated. Not to mention, salt supports a healthy brain and nervous system and may even help you get better sleep.
Ground Black Pepper
Pepper is good for much more than just seasoning your meals and making you sneeze! Rich in manganese, a serving of black pepper is known to help the body heal wounds, improve bone health, and balance your metabolism. It’s also loaded with vitamin K, which supports healthy blood and strong bones. One teaspoon contains a gram of fiber, plus it’s anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants. This means it prevents cancer and free radical damage. Pepper is good for your brain and may relieve symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It regulates your blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and preliminary research suggests it may have even more benefits such as a boost for gut health, improved absorption of nutrients, appetite control, and natural pain relief.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is packed with healthy fats and antioxidants that prevent inflammation and cancer. It can even help prevent type 2 diabetes by regulating your blood sugar and insulin levels. It promotes heart health, prevents gallstones, rheumatoid arthritis, and strokes, makes your skin glow, and even has antibacterial properties. Providing a boost for your brain cells, extra-virgin olive oil can even help prevent Alzheimer’s. It even contains modest amounts of vitamins E and K. Olive oil does more than just cook and mildly flavor your food–it offers a variety of health benefits all on its own! It’s one of the key reasons the Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest.
Fresh Chopped Parsley
A natural diuretic, parsley prevents bloating and helps manage your blood pressure. This fresh herb reduces your risk of cancer, strengthens your immune system, and even boosts your eyesight to help you see better at night (it’s packed with so much vitamin A, it may even leave your eyes more sparkly). It’s heart-healthy, helpful in anemia treatment (since it’s packed with iron), and promotes bone, gland, and ear health. It even has antibacterial properties to prevent infection and boost your immune system. Also rich in vitamins C and K, parsley is flavorful yet versatile and can be added to a variety of dishes like these Greek roasted potatoes.
How to Roast These Greek Potatoes
Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommended lining a large-rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or foil for easier cleanup! Chop your potatoes and onions and add them to the prepared sheet. Then, toss the veggies with oregano, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Make sure to get everything nice and covered with the flavoring. From there you’ll want to make sure everything is spread out evenly on the baking sheet so nothing is overlapping. Feel free to use a second pan here if needed.
Place the pan (or pans) into the oven and roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the potatoes and onions are tender and golden brown on the outside. Toss with parsley before serving and enjoy!
Main Course Ideas
These Greek roasted potatoes are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. You can serve them as a side with breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or bring them as a companion to your next potluck or barbecue. With only 5 minutes of prep time, these potatoes will be cooking without any hands-on time. So you can put your feet up and relax (or focus on your main) while they roast to perfection!
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Leftovers and Storage
These potatoes are perfect for meal prepping! You can make them in batches and have leftovers to pair with a variety of meals all week! When stored in an airtight container in your fridge, these potatoes will last up to 3 days. You can also freeze them for up to three months and thaw them to enjoy later. When you’re ready to reheat your Greek roasted potatoes, simply pop them back in the oven. You can also fry them on the stove or in the air fryer to get them extra crispy or stick them in the microwave in a pinch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we’ve received about roasting potatoes! If you have any additional questions about roasted potatoes (or potatoes in general) please let us know in the comment section!
Is it Necessary to Boil Potatoes Before Roasting?
It’s certainly not a requirement to boil your potatoes before you roast them. However, if you have the time, boiling your potatoes before you throw them in the oven may improve their texture and keep their skin light and crispy. When the potato skin is less tough, the olive oil is more likely to seep through, making the potatoes more flavorful and moist inside and out. So if you like your potatoes particularly soft, “parboiling” (cooking them partly by boiling before roasting) might be a good idea.
Is Potato Skin Healthy?
Yes! If you like the taste and texture of potato skin, you should absolutely eat it. The skin of a potato has up to 12 times as many antioxidants as the flesh inside. Plus, potato skin is packed with nutrients like fiber, potassium, and iron. You can even roast, fry, or stuff potato skins to enjoy as a snack on their own!
Should I Soak My Potatoes in Water Before Roasting Them?
If you have up to an hour to do so, it’s a good idea to soak your potatoes in water before roasting them. This simple practice removes any excess starch that might cause your potatoes to burn or crisp up too fast (this starch also turns into sugar when cooked).
Why Aren’t My Greek Roasted Potatoes Crispy?
If your Greek roasted potatoes aren’t cutting it in terms of your desired crispiness, make sure your oven is set to the right temperature. If your oven is too cold, the potatoes won’t get crispy (or will take far too long), but if your oven is too hot, the potatoes will quickly burn to a crisp. This recipe calls for 375 degrees F– the perfect happy medium!
What Other Vegetables are Part of Greek Cuisine?
Potatoes are actually a staple of Greek cuisine. If you’re looking for other veggies to pair with your Greek-inspired meal, try tomatoes, eggplant, roikio (a spiny chicory similar to arugula), cucumber, or Florina peppers.
What is the Advantage of Roasting Potatoes?
Roasting potatoes (as opposed to baking them) aims for crispiness rather than softness. By roasting any food with dry heat, you bring out its natural sugars, giving it a slightly sweeter and more concentrated flavor. This means that roasting allows you to deepen the flavor profile of the potatoes while also giving them an irresistible crispy texture.
Greek Roasted Potatoes
- 2 pounds yukon gold potatoes cut into quarters (peel left on)
- 1 sweet onion or yellow onion, small, 1" dice
- 1 tablespoon oregano fresh, minced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
- 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place potatoes and onions on a large rimmed baking sheet
- Toss with oregano, garlic, lemon zest, salt, pepper and olive oil until evenly coated. Spread into a single layer on the baking sheet.
- Place in preheated oven and roast for 30-40 minutes, until vegetables are tender and golden brown.
- Toss with fresh parsley and serve.
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