Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Lemon and Bay Leaves

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

Roasted Baby Red Potatoes with Lemon and Bay Leaves

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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4
Servings
305
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Red Potato Shopping Tip

Only buy potatoes that are firm, intact, and without any sprouts or green parts.

Red Potato Cooking Tip

Potatoes oxidize quickly; have a bowl full of cold water to put your potatoes after cutting them in order stop them from oxidizing.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
11g
16%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Protein
6g
12%
Carbs
49g
16%
Vitamin A
2µg
N/A
Vitamin B6
0.9mg
43.5%
Vitamin C
61mg
100%
Vitamin E
2mg
8%
Vitamin K
12µg
16%
Calcium
57mg
6%
Fiber
7g
26%
Folate (food)
44µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
44µg
11%
Iron
3mg
14%
Magnesium
64mg
16%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
14%
Phosphorus
161mg
23%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
1139mg
33%
Sodium
488mg
20%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15.1%
Zinc
0.9mg
5.8%

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