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Garlicky Roast Potatoes with Oregano and Feta

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Introduction

It was in Australia — in Melbourne to be precise — that, under the auspices of George Calombaris, I ate the most fabulous chips: they’d been fried in garlicky oil and came sprinkled with dried mountain oregano and feta. It’s a sensational combo. Now, if you felt like doing some deep-frying, you could certainly make a panful of Tuscan Fries giving them this particular Greek spin by replacing the thyme, rosemary and sage with fresh oregano and scattering feta over them to serve, but for ease — and equal deliciousness — this is how I proceed.

I chop unpeeled potatoes into small cubes, toss them in a shallow roasting tin — the shallowness is essential — with olive oil, garlic and dried oregano, and when they emerge from the oven burnished and crisp, I crumble feta over them and — should the season allow — and strew with fresh oregano. No deep-frying involved: deep happiness achieved.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

It was in Australia — in Melbourne to be precise — that, under the auspices of George Calombaris, I ate the most fabulous chips: they’d been fried in garlicky oil and came sprinkled with dried mountain oregano and feta. It’s a sensational combo. Now, if you felt like doing some deep-frying, you could certainly make a panful of Tuscan Fries giving them this particular Greek spin by replacing the thyme, rosemary and sage with fresh oregano and scattering feta over them to serve, but for ease — and equal deliciousness — this is how I proceed.

I chop unpeeled potatoes into small cubes, toss them in a shallow roasting tin — the shallowness is essential — with olive oil, garlic and dried oregano, and when they emerge from the oven burnished and crisp, I crumble feta over them and — should the season allow — and strew with fresh oregano. No deep-frying involved: deep happiness achieved.

For US cup measures, use the toggle at the top of the ingredients list.

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Ingredients

Serves: 4-6

Metric Cups
  • 1.25 kilogram potatoes (unpeeled and cut into 2-3cm / 1inch cubes)
  • 4 x 15ml tablespoons (60ml) regular olive oil
  • 6 fat cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 125 grams feta cheese (crumbled)

TO SERVE

  • fresh oregano
  • 2¾ pounds potatoes (unpeeled and cut into 2-3cm / 1inch cubes)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) regular olive oil
  • 6 fat cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
  • 2½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 ounces feta cheese (crumbled)

TO SERVE

  • fresh oregano

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/425°F and tumble the potatoes into a shallow roasting tin or tins, large enough for the potatoes to sit in one layer. Toss in the oil, followed by the garlic and dried oregano, and roast in the oven for 50–60 minutes until crisp and golden, and cooked through.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with most of the feta, then sprinkle the remaining feta crumbles on top. If you have any fresh oregano to hand, strew away.
  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/425°F and tumble the potatoes into a shallow roasting tin or tins, large enough for the potatoes to sit in one layer. Toss in the oil, followed by the garlic and dried oregano, and roast in the oven for 50–60 minutes until crisp and golden, and cooked through.
  2. Transfer to a serving bowl and toss with most of the feta, then sprinkle the remaining feta crumbles on top. If you have any fresh oregano to hand, strew away.

Additional Information

MAKE AHEAD / STORE:
It is not advisable to make ahead/store.

MAKE AHEAD / STORE:
It is not advisable to make ahead/store.

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What 1 Other has said

  • I’ve never gotten too excited about potato dishes (preferring rice) but this recipe is fantabulous. It’s my go to for company or just the two of us. I can cut up the potatoes ahead of time and keep in water until roasting time. Easy to make, always a hit at the table. I’m serving tomorrow. Yum.

    Posted by Mommy3 on 31st August 2022
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