Cyprus Potatoes are our favourite crispy & crunchy snack or side dish featuring fresh flavours from the Mediterranean.
Our easy homemade Cypriot Potatoes recipe features waxy potato wedges, garlic, olive oil, dry white wine, lemon, dried oregano, salt and pepper.
This healthy vegan recipe is prepared in a hot oven, producing an addictively crunchy and flavourful roasted potato.
Serve on their own as a snack like French fries, or paired with your favourite grilled meats or seafood as a side dish.
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What Are Cyprus Potatoes?
Cyprus is a small island country that is located in the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of Cyprus is Nicosia, and also serves as the nation’s largest city.
One can use the term Cyprus Potatoes or Cypriot Potatoes to refer to potatoes grown on the island or more specifically to a popular dish served at local restaurants.
Cyprus potatoes are generally medium to large in size and are oval to round in shape. The light brown to tan skin is smooth, fairly even, and is covered in dark brown spots with a slightly red appearance due to the mineral-rich red soils that remain on the raw potato. Its flesh is deep yellow to gold and is firm, slippery, and dense. When cooked, Cyprus potatoes have a rich, earthy, and buttery flavour.
Cypriot potatoes is a general name given to describe a number of varieties of potatoes grown on the island of Cyprus. The main varieties are Diamant, Marfona, Nicola, Ditta, Accent, Filea, Charlotte, Burren, Obelix, Slaney, and Spunta.
Cyprus potatoes are best suited for recipes that involve roasting, boiling, baking, frying, or steaming. In addition to their popularity as a fresh produce item, in the United Kingdom they are commonly sold to chip and crisp manufacturers.
Plan a culinary tour of Cyprus and you’ll enjoy typical Mediterranean flavours such as olives, artichokes, tomatoes, pulses like chickpeas, lemon, pistachio, almonds, parsley, oregano, yogurt, halloumi cheese, fresh seafood and grilled meats like pork, beef or chicken souvlaki.
One of our favourite local dishes is crispy and crunchy oven baked Cyprus Potatoes, often served as a snack or starchy side dish. They should be prepared with locally grown Cyprus potatoes, or another waxy variety like Yukon Gold.
Our traditional Cypriot Potatoes recipe features waxy potato wedges, garlic cloves, olive oil, dry white wine, lemon, oregano, salt and pepper.
Enjoy as a snack like French fries or as a side dish alongside your favourite grilled meats or seafood.
Travel to Europe by Making Roasted Cyprus Potatoes at Home
I love traveling to Europe.
During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, France, Malta and Italy.
As a professional food and travel journalist, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy amazing meals in Europe, from traditional markets to award winning restaurants.
For over ten years, I’ve been on the hunt for the best oven roasted Cyprus Potatoes recipe. Crispy Cypriot style potatoes can be found in Cyprus as well as throughout Greece (Meteora, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos) and Turkey (Istanbul, Selcuk, Bodrum, Cappadocia).
After you’ve enjoyed your first few bites, you’ll realize why flavourful lemon and herb Cyprus Potatoes are a must-try when sailing across the Mediterranean Sea.
Where To Eat Baked Cypriot Potatoes
It may be helpful to first sample crispy roast Cyprus Potatoes at a local restaurant to better understand how the Mediterranean dish is served. You’ll get an idea for what size and shape to slice the potatoes, how long to roast the potatoes to ensure they are perfectly crunchy, and the ideal balance of flavourings like oregano, garlic and lemon.
My Family Loves Crispy Lemon Cyprus Potatoes
My family loves potato recipes.
After traveling from Greece to Turkey I wanted to recreate a traditional Cypriot Potatoes recipe at home.
It was on a hot summer day at our cottage in Muskoka that I made these quick & easy Cyprus Potatoes. We were having guests over for dinner and wanted to serve a few healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes buffet-style.
I knew my family would love this side dish because they love crispy roast potatoes, fresh lemon, plenty of garlic and basically any food doused in wine!
We served the crispy potato wedges with a selection of Greek and Turkish dips and salads like Turkish Salsa Ezme Salata, Kisir Turkish Bulgur Salad, Orzo Lemon Salad, Garlic Lemon Chickpea Avocado Salad, Mashed Butter Beans, Mihlama Kuymak Turkish Melted Cheese and Cornmeal, Butter Bean Dip and Melitzanosalata Greek Eggplant Dip.
Cypriot Potatoes are an absolute flavour bomb in your mouth. They’re not the same old roast potato wedges but infused with acids like lemon and white wine. The potatoes are oven baked at a high temperature in plenty of olive oil. This produces browned exteriors that are crunchy and crispy, with interiors are moist and tender.
Our roasted Cyprus Potatoes recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
It is only recently that scientists have begun to identify the components responsible for garlic’s myriad health benefits. Rich in phytochemicals and potassium, garlic helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and protect your heart.
Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Studies have linked potatoes to a variety of impressive health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, reduced heart disease risk and higher immunity.
Olive Oil is ranked as one of the healthiest fats and is a staple in the Mediterranean diet. It contains vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants.
A rich source of phytochemicals and vitamin C, lemons help boost your immune system and neutralize free radicals that cause disease and skin aging. Lemons also protect against heart disease and help improve blood flow to the brain.
Oregano is rich in antioxidants, may help fight bacteria, could have anti-cancer properties and can decrease inflammation.
Cyprus Potatoes Recipe Cooking Tips
This healthy vegan Cyprus Potatoes recipe is quick and easy to make at home.
- We suggest using your favourite variety of waxy potato like Yukon Gold, red-skinned, fingerling and new potatoes.
- We typically cut the potatoes into wedges, which is common in Cyprus, but you can also cut them into chunks or thick slices if you prefer. Just make sure they are all uniform in size so they are finished cooking at the same time to avoid burning or undercooking.
- Typically roast potato recipes only include a fat like olive oil and spices, herbs or other dry seasonings. This helps ensure they get crispy in the oven. Cypriot Potatoes are baked differently by first roasting them in liquids like wine and lemon juice. This processes initially tenderizes the potatoes. Once the water has evaporated you’re left with a flavourful and crunchy potato.
- Toss the potatoes and rotate the roasting pan halfway through the baking time to ensure even browning.
- We like to serve crispy Cyprus Potato Wedges on their own as a snack or side dish. If you’re looking to impress guests feel free to garnish the dish with chopped parsley, crumbled feta cheese or side dish of Tzatziki for dipping.
What To Serve with Cypriot Potatoes
Our Oven Baked Cyprus Potatoes recipe is incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed any time of day.
We love serving these crispy potato wedges at breakfast or brunch topped with a few poached eggs and fresh salad. Let the runny yolk ooze over your plate. Heaven!
If you’re peckish during the day they make for a yummy snack enjoyed all on their own or dipped in Tzatziki sauce.
If you’re hosting a Mediterranean themed lunch or dinner serve Lemon Cyprus Potatoes as a side dish with barbecued meat like souvlaki or your favourite grilled seafood like fish or shrimp. During the colder months of the year we love serving these crispy potato wedges with a roast chicken or turkey.
Here are some of our favourite Mediterranean recipes:
- Baked Mediterranean Chicken Thighs
- Creamy Mediterranean Hummus Pasta with Pesto Chicken
- Garides Saganaki Sizzling Greek Feta Shrimp
- Oven Baked Halloumi with Roasted Vegetables
- Fakes Soupa Healthy Vegetarian Greek Lentil Soup
- Mucver Tarif Vegetarian Turkish Zucchini Fritters
- Turkish Pogaca Feta and Dill Bread Rolls
- Peynirli Pide Cheesy Chorizo Turkish Pizza
- Kiymali Pide Spiced Minced Meat Turkish Pizza
- Turkish Mint Yogurt Corbasi Soup
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How To Make Crispy Lemon Cyprus Potatoes
Crispy Lemon “Cypriot” Cyprus Potatoes
- French knife
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Mixing bowls
- baking sheet
- 1 kg Waxy Potatoes
- 4 Garlic Cloves sliced
- 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup Dry White Wine
- 1 Lemon
- 1/8 tsp Dried Oregano
- Salt & Pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Cut potatoes into quarters lengthwise. Place them in a roasting pan, followed by the garlic. Pour in the olive oil wine and 1/2 cup of water. Halve the lemon and squeeze in the juice, then throw the leftover lemon into the pan. Add dried oregano and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Roast the potatoes into the oven for 40 minutes. Take them out of the oven, toss and put back into the oven for another 30-40 minutes until crispy and browned on all sides.
- Once cooked, give the potatoes a sprinkle of salt and serve hot.
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