Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Lemon and Bay Leaves

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Lemon and Bay Leaves
Viviane Bauquet Farre


  • 2 1/4 Pounds  baby Red Bliss potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • large cloves garlic
  • lemon, cut crosswise into 1/8-inch slices
  • fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon  sea salt, or to taste
  •   Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Every month I receive a box of plump and fragrant lemons from my father (and even occasionally from my good friend Kristy) who lives in Southern California. He has an enormous lemon tree in his backyard, which tirelessly produces a massive crop every year.

Every time I open that box I marvel: The scent of a fresh lemon is so floral, its zest so tangy, and its juice so tingly. A lemon enlivens everything you cook with it. This little fruit has so much to offer and so much to give that I don't waste a drop of its juice or an inch of its skin.

With all these marvelous attributes, it's not surprising what a single lemon can do for a dish. Aside from using my father's lemons in vinaigrettes, sauces, cocktails, and desserts, I also like to roast them with baby red potatoes. Their transformative power on the humble tubers is remarkable. Add garlic and bay leaves and the roasted potatoes become tangy, earthy, and just succulent.

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Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Place the potatoes, garlic, lemon slices, and bay leaves in a nonstick roasting pan large enough to hold the ingredients in a single layer. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper, to taste. Toss well. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until the potatoes are tender, for 25 minutes.

Remove the foil. Toss the potatoes again. Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake until the potatoes are golden brown, tossing once, for 20-25 more minutes. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

297 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Sugar Conscious, Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 42g 64%
  • Carbs 189g 63%
  • Saturated 6g 30%
  • Fiber 24g 95%
  • Sugars 8g
  • Monounsaturated 30g
  • Polyunsaturated 5g
  • Protein 22g 45%
  • Sodium 2,392mg 100%
  • Calcium 190mg 19%
  • Magnesium 245mg 61%
  • Potassium 4,418mg 126%
  • Iron 10mg 54%
  • Zinc 3mg 22%
  • Phosphorus 622mg 89%
  • Vitamin A 8µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 213mg 355%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 58%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 21%
  • Niacin (B3) 11mg 55%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 167%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 169µg 42%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 30%
  • Vitamin K 45µg 56%
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