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Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

SPICY LEBANESE POTATOES

I recently did a poll in my Facebook community group about the next recipe you guys want to see and Spicy Lebanese Potatoes won. I was actually really happy you guys picked this recipe because I love them. {By the way if you haven’t joined my Facebook community you can search “A Cedar Spoon Community” and you can request to join. It is a great place to share ideas, tips and makes suggestions on recipes you want to see}.

My kids don’t love them because they can’t handle the spice so I usually make half the batch spicy and half the batch not spicy {by leaving out the cayenne pepper for the non-spicy half}. I remember the first time I had Spicy Lebanese Potatoes. It was at a Lebanese restaurant near Cleveland. Their potatoes were crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and just the right amount of spice, lemon and cilantro going on. I have been dreaming about them every since.

Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

These potatoes make a really nice side dish to a variety of meals, but especially anything Mediterranean. For example, I like to pair these Spicy Lebanese Potatoes with Shish Taouk Chicken Thighs and a big Fattoush Salad. Or I like them as part of these Mediterranean Baked Turkey Meatballs. The options are endless when it comes to these delicious potatoes.

When making these potatoes you will roast them first using a simple olive oil and salt mixture. Once you roast the potatoes you will create the spicy sauce in a large skillet. For today’s Spicy Lebanese Potatoes I was excited to try out a new set of pans that Calphalon sent me. Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

They are the new Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Nonstick 6-Piece Cookware Set .

I got my first set of Calphalon pans 10 years ago when I got married and have loved them. I was really excited to try this new set, especially because they securely stack to save 30% more space. Plus, the unique cookware design and flat glass covers stack and nest in any order. I am all about saving space!

The Calphalon Premier™ Space Saving Cookware 6pc set includes 8”and 10” diameter cookware which form two separate stacks to save more space in the kitchen. The durable, hard anodized construction allows for even heating with no hot spots and is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. The 3-layer nonstick interior is durable enough to withstand metal spatulas, spoons and whisks. You guys have to check them out if you are looking for new pans.

Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

Now back to those beautiful Spicy Lebanese Potatoes. As I mention in the notes of the recipe these are a spicy potato. If spice isn’t for you I suggest leaving out the cayenne pepper or just starting with 1/4 of a teaspoon of the cayenne pepper and then add more from there.

The lemon juice adds a great citrus flavor paired with the spice but once again if lemon is too overpowering for you just start with 1/2 of a lemon juiced. I love adding cilantro to my finished potatoes but you could also add fresh Italian or curly parsley.

Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

Spicy Lebanese Potatoes

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes


Ingredients

  • 5 Russet potatoes {2lbs of potatoes}, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

For the spicy sauce::

  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper {less for less spice}
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Garnish::

  • 3 Tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro {or parsley}
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Peel and chop the potatoes into cubes. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and salt and toss to coat them. Line two baking trays with parchment paper or spray them with non-stick spray. Spread the potatoes in an even layer on the two baking sheets making sure to leave room between each potato.  Bake for 20 minutes, flip the potatoes over and bake for another 20 minutes, or until just golden brown and starting to  crisp. 

Remove the potatoes and set them aside. In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the salt, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Sauté for another minute stirring to release the spices. Add the potatoes to the skillet and mix to coat the potatoes with the sauce. Remove the potatoes from the heat and add the lemon juice and cilantro, taste and adjust seasonings. Serve warm with an optional plain yogurt for dipping. 

Notes

These potatoes are spicy. If you aren't a huge fan of spice you will want to omit the cayenne pepper or use 1/4 teaspoon to start. 

This dish also has a good lemon flavor to it. If you like less lemon I suggest just using the juice of half a lemon. 

You can substitute the cilantro with fresh curly or Italian parsley. 

Thanks to Crock-Pot® for sponsoring today’s post. As, always opinions are 100% my own.

Spicy Lebanese Potatoes are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside and will spice up any meal. The sauce on these potatoes is the star featuring coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. The dish is finished off with your favorite herb, cilantro or parsley. 

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