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Patates Lemonates my way (The best baked Greek Lemony Potatoes)

I love accompanying most of my dishes with Patates Lemonates  sto fourno (Baked Lemony Potatoes) which is a classic Greek side dish with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and water.   When we add meat to them such as chicken, pork or lamb we just call it  “Psito sto fourno” (baked in the oven).

This is all it takes to make these delicious potatoes and serve them as a side dish.   Although it’s over a year that I have made this twist to the Greek  classic dish I still remember how  finger-licking delicious they were, as the potatoes absorb all the juices and flavour.   The pan drippings can be used as they are or you can make an even more delicious sauce, as I did.

Patates Lemonates my way  (The best Greek Lemony Potatoes) , Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:  30 minutes
Cooking time:  about 1 1/2 – 2 hours
Serves:   10 (or 5 as a main dish)


30 small roasting potatoes (I used Cypriot baby potatoes)
2 tablespoons olive oil

For the dressing

1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp honey
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp Greek oregano
1 tsp marjoram
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cups orange juice


Preheat oven to 180oC / 350oF.

Put all the dressing ingredients in a food processor and purée. The dressing has a light green colour and its consistency should be thick.

Place the potatoes in a baking dish and pour the dressing on top.  Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil and bake until the potatoes are soft (about 1 hour and 30 minutes).  Remove the foil,  turn on the other side, add 2 – 3  tablespoons olive oil and bake until golden.

The recipe for sauce as well as for the Wild Boar, will be posted soon.

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I want to thank all of you who have already placed the picture of my cookbook with a link to my page, on your blog.  For those who may have missed my previous post at the end of the month I will be making a draw of another copy of my cookbook.   All you have to do is right click on the image of the book below and “save as” on your computer. Then upload it to your side bar with a link to my blog or directly to my e-store and leave me a message at this post with your URL.

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34 Responses

  1. Eftychia

    Mou anoixes tin orexi mou, kai exo mia pina…
    Psito is what we used to eat on Sundays. Delicious recipe Ivy.

  2. Yumm, those lemony potatoes looks absolutely fabulous..
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  3. They look fantastic! That is one of my favorite ways of baking potatoes.



  4. Super special potatoes. I love patates lemonates and is a staple in our family.

  5. I love potatoes and lemon so I will definitely be trying this recipe, sounds and looks wonderful!

  6. Lemony potatoes sound really great! Is Greek oregano different from the oregano used in the pizza?

    • Ivy

      Angie, even in Greece there is a distinction of flavour depending on the area and since I have not tried oregano in other parts of the world I cannot say if it is the same or not. I have tried store bought oregano here in Greece and it does not compare to the real stuff we get directly from the mountains and dry.

  7. Such yummy potatoes, I love the flavors with citrus, excellent!

  8. I always love roasted potatoes, and the sauce with citrus and herbs sounds fantastic with them!

  9. J'adore les pommes de terre. Alors, ta recette me plait beaucoup.
    je la note.
    A très bientôt.

  10. bananawonder

    I bet your potatoes are amazing and I wish I could taste Cypriot potatoes! I almost never eat potatoes – only when they are in a pisto and like yours 🙂

  11. mmm… one of the first Greek foods I ever loved, long before I visited Greece!
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  12. Lemony potatoes? Sounds good. The acid in the lemon must be complementing the potatoes really well.

  13. I can just the lovely flavors here. Would pair so well with a grilled meat dish.
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  14. elly

    That dressing sounds amazing, Ivy! What a great alternative to the standard (but amazing!) patates fournou.

  15. Lovely patates fournou Ivy! They look spectacular. I could easily eat the potatoes and not the meat!
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  16. I bake potatoes only rarely, though I know that they go well with, for example, roasted meat. I like the ingredients in the dressing of your recipe, and I am curious about the flavor the juices impart to the potatoes.
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  17. Oooh! Mourlia! Patates sto fourno are the best…I just think you made them better with this dressing! Now all we need is some katsikaki!
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  18. Lemon potatoes sound like a wonderful treat – I cooked lemon potatoes once out of Jamie Oliver's Cook, but I can't remember if it was similar or not.
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  19. potatoes and lemon jsut great together Tx Ivy !!pierre

  20. This looks very tasty.
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  21. J'aime beaucoup les pommes de terre et cette recette facile et originale me tente beaucoup
    Je la garde en favoris
    bonne soirée

  22. Visiting from Rosa's and so happy I stopped by. What a delicious recipe that I will have to try! Thank you.
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  23. I have been roasting potatoes more and more often as winter advances but I absolutely must bake them this way next! Wow the flavors (more than just lemon!) are fabulous! This flavorful side dish would really be perfect with plain grilled meat. Delicious!

  24. Lemony potatoes…I sure would like to try these since I love everything that contains lemon…what a lovely side dish this potato makes 🙂

  25. tasteofbeirut


    I wanted to say that I got your book and I find it fantastic! I am getting reading to post a review on it today or tomorrow.
    I would post your book like you suggested but I am technologically inept and rely on my son to do stuff for me; so next time he is around I will ask him! 🙂
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    • Ivy

      Thanks again Joumana. Imagine I only saw the comment after I saw your post on Facebook and after visiting your blog. I have included you in the draw as well.

  26. Ivy these potatoes are my favorite. Lemonates patates are simply the best. You make them just like I do!
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  27. I do not heat meat, but these potatoes would be great all by themselves!

  28. These lemon potatoes sound so good!

  29. these potatoes are so flavored!

  30. Υπέροχα! Η σάλτσα γίνεται σαν μια καραμέλα, τόσο νόστιμες οι πατάτες! ευχαριστώ πολύ για τη συνταγή! Θα μοιράσω το λινκ στο σας στο μπλογκ μου, είστε εντάξει;