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Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes (Lemoni Patatas)

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If you’re looking for the best-roasted potato recipe look no further. Simple and comforting lemon roasted potatoes with garlic finished with fresh oregano.

This is a traditional greek side dish known as Ellinikos Lemoni Patatas is really popular in Greek cuisine. Here’s the recipe for my Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes.

Tina, my sister, is coming over to photoshoot this spread. I’m making a double batch of my Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes and plenty of Pork Slovakia With Tzatziki Sauce this way she can take home dinner for her and her husband, Dave.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50  minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yields: 12 servings (2 baking dishes)
Equipment: large mixing bowl, 2 (9 x 13) baking dishes, hand-held juicer, chef’s knife

Note: This recipe is for two baking dishes of Roasted Greek Potatoes. Divide this recipe in half for 6 servings.

Note: To achieve the right texture, greek potatoes are baked covered for approx. 40 minutes in plenty of liquid-olive oil, lemon juice, and broth. As they’re covered the potatoes become tender as they absorb steam and take in the flavored liquid.

Ingredients:
8 medium to large size Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, washed, cut into wedges, divided
8 large garlic cloves, finely minced and divided
1/2 cup of olive oil, divided
2 lemons, juiced, divided
2 1/2 cups of chicken broth, divided (substitute unsalted vegetable broth)
1 1/2 tablespoons of dried Greek oregano, divided (substitute dried oregano)
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped for garnish, divided
1/2 cup of fresh greek oregano leaves for garnish, divided

Directions:
Peel potatoes and cut them in half. Next, slice each half into large wedges. Let them stand in water while preparing the sauce.

In two large mixing bowls whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, broth, dried oregano, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper.

Drain and dry the potatoes.

Spray both baking dishes with non-stick cooking spray. Evenly divide the potatoes and finely chopped garlic between both baking dishes. Toss to combine.

Pour the liquid from each bowl into each baking dish of potatoes.

Cover each baking dish with foil, transfer to the oven. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven briefly to uncover both baking dishes. Return to the oven to roast for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through and golden brown with a little crust forming.

To add a nice char and great texture to the potatoes, place one baking dish, at a time, under the broiler for about 3 minutes. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn.

Remove from the oven. Before serving, garnish with finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley and fresh oregano leaves.

Serve hot.

Greek Village Salad

Pork Souvlaki With Tzatziki Sauce

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Pork Souvlaki With Tzatziki Sauce

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The word Souvlaki simply means, “meat on skewers”. Greeks also use it to describe an actual meal, loaded with perfectly grilled meat, and topped with Tzatziki sauce. This is a traditional greek side dish known as Ellinikos Lemoni Patatas is really popular in Greek cuisine. Here’s the recipe for my Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes.

I’m starting with the Tzatziki sauce. The most important trick to making Tzatziki Sauce is to thoroughly drain the grated cucumber before mixing it into the yogurt.

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Marinating the pork for Souvlaki.

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Tzatziki Sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: overnight (8 to 12 hours)
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: 2 large mixing bowls, 1 medium-size glass container bowl with a tight-fitting lid, box grater, vegetable peeler, mesh sieve, cheesecloth, chef’s knife, hand-held juicer, Microplane

Pork Souvlaki
Prep Time: 30 minutes (time includes skewering the pork)
Inactive Prep Time: overnight (8 to 12 hours)
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours 40 minutes
Yields: 10 to 12 skewers
Equipment: indoor grill pan, 1 large glass container with a tight-fitting lid, whisk, wooden skewers, metal tongs, chef’s knife, hand-held juicer, 2 sheets of cheesecloth

Tip: Drain the yogurt the night before.

Ingredients For Tzatziki Sauce: 
1 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt, full-fat
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cumin
1 large (10-ounce) hothouse (English cucumber) peeled, grated using large holes on a box grater, and drained
2 tablespoons of *e.v.o.o.
2 tablespoons of fresh mint, finely chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh dill, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove, freshly grated
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 sprig of fresh mint for garnish
1 sprig of fresh dill for garnish

Directions For the Tzatziki Sauce:
Start by lining a mesh sieve with cheesecloth. Make sure the cheesecloth is large enough to cover the yogurt completely. Place over a large mixing bowl. Cover the yogurt completely with the cheesecloth. Place a heavy bowl on top to help the yogurt to drain. The next day unwrap the yogurt and transfer it to a medium-size mixing bowl with a tight-fitting lid and place it back into the refrigerator.

Wash and dry the bowl and mesh sieve.

Using the same mesh sieve, lined with another piece of cheesecloth add the grated cucumber and 1/2 teaspoon of  Kosher salt. Tightly twist up in the cheesecloth and squeeze gently with your hands removing as much of the excess moisture as possible. Untwist the cheesecloth, set it carefully back into the mesh sieve. Place the mesh sieve over a bowl. Set aside for 30 minutes to continue draining.

Remove the yogurt from the refrigerator. Remove the lid. To the yogurt add ground cumin, olive oil, herbs, lemon juice, grated garlic, Kosher salt, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. At this point taste for seasoning if needed. Place the lid on, transfer it back to the refrigerator to chill.  Spoon the Tzatziki into a serving nice serving bowl. Garnish with fresh dill and mint right before serving.

Tip: Soak skewers for 1 hour before using.

Ingredients For Pork Souvlaki:
1 (2-pound) pork tenderloin, silver skin removed, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
1 1/2 cups of Greek yogurt, full-fat
1 1/2 tablespoons of ground cumin
8 cloves of garlic, freshly grated
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
1 teaspoon of sweet paprika
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, juiced
2 fresh bay leaves (substitute dried)

Garnishes: 
3 lemons, halved and grilled
8 sprigs of fresh oregano
mixed organic greens (as a bed for the platter)
sweet and tangy pepper drops, optional

Side Options: Links for recipes are below.
Greek Village Salad with Grilled Ciabatta or grilled pita bread
Roasted Greek Potatoes
Blackberry Cornbread Cake

Directions For Pork Souvlaki:
Prepare the marinade. In a large mixing bowl add the olive oil, lemon juice, grated garlic, Greek yogurt, ground cumin, dried oregano, dried rosemary,  sweet paprika, bay leaves, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, whisk to combine.

Add the pork to the marinade. Toss to combine making sure all the pork is well-coated with the marinade. Cover with lid (or tightly using plastic wrap) and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours and/or overnight.

When ready, thread marinated pork pieces through the prepared skewers.

Preheat the grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the flesh side of each lemon with a little oil. Place the lemon halves onto the grill. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until you get nice charred grill marks. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.

Once again, prepare the indoor grill pan. Brush with a little oil and heat over medium-high heat. Place pork skewers on the grill pan (in batches). Grill until well browned and internal temperature reads 150-degrees F. on an instant-read thermometer. Be sure to turn skewers evenly to cook on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Adjust the temperature of the grill pan if necessary.  Repeat this process for the second batch. Allow the pork skewers to rest for 5 minutes. Discard any leftover marinade.

Transfer and arrange the pork skewers to a large serving platter lined with organic mixed greens. Garnish with fresh sprigs of oregano, grilled lemons, and sweet and tangy pepper drops.

Serve Pork Souvlakia with aside of chilled Tzatziki Sauce.

*E.V.O.O. is the acronym for extra virgin olive oil.

Blackberry Cornbread Cake With Maple Whipped Cream

Oven Roasted Greek Potatoes (Lemoni Patatas)

Greek Village Salad

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Fennel And Garlic Bone-In Pork Loin

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This was a special Easter for Steve and me, it was our 10th one together. To make it extra special and served family-style is my Garlic And Fennel Bone-In Pork Loin along with my Garlic Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers and Lemon Pepper Asparagus. 

I’ve posted links, for both, my other two recipes, they’re available at the end of this post.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Yields: 4 servings (2 chops per person)
Equipment: roasting pan with a rack, 1 (10-cup) food processor, plastic meat cutting board, chef’s knife, whisk, 1 (2-cup) glass measuring cup

Ingredients:
1 (5-pound) bone-in pork loin, bones French cut
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons of lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons of Creamy Caesar dressing
1 heaping tablespoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Pan Gravy:
1/4 stick of butter, unsalted
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups of chicken broth, unsalted
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of the pan drippings
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Note: Pork loin needs to be at room temperature. Allow the meat to sit out for 30 minutes before cooking.

Place the pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the garlic, rosemary, and fennel seeds until roughly chopped. Add the Caesar dressing, olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper until it becomes a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl, add the lemon zest, mix to combine.

Rub the mixture all over the top of the pork and roast for 1 to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is between 140 and 145-degrees F. Remove from the oven, transfer to a meat-safe cutting board and cover tightly with foil. Allow the pork to rest for 30 minutes. Slice between the bones and serve immediately.

While the pork is resting start the pan gravy.
Carefully pour the hot liquid from the roasting pan through a mesh sieve into a measuring cup. This allows you to see how much of the pan drippings you have to work with.

Place the roasting pan on top of the stove over medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow it to melts. Once the butter’s melted, add the flour, whisk to combine until a smooth paste (*roux) forms, and is blond in color. Still whisking slowly add the  4 tablespoons of pan drippings and chicken broth, bring to a simmer. Continue to whisk, the *roux will cause the gravy to thicken. Add the finely chopped parsley, stir to combine. Transfer the gravy to a large gravy boat.

There you have it my Fennel And Garlic Bone-In Pork Loin.

*Roux is a 1:2 ratio of fat to all-purpose flour.

Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers

Lemon Pepper Asparagus 

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