Vegetable of the Week: Potato pt. 2

– Potatoes were first grown in Ontario in the 1700s by French and British colonisers
– Potatoes are Ontario’s biggest fresh vegetable crop and second largest processing crop
– Potato planting season in Ontario is April through May
– Potato harvesting in Ontario begins in July and goes into the fall season
– Ontario potatoes are available throughout the year except for between April and July
– 1/3 of Ontario potatoes are sold for consumption after being harvested while 2/3 are stored so that they can be sold throughout the rest of the year
– At the right temperature, Ontario potatoes can be stored as long as 11 months
– Long, round white, round red, and sweet are the four classifications of potato in Ontario

patatesmelemoni

Patates me lemoni (Greek Lemon Potatoes)
Makes approximately 6 servings

Ingredients:
– 5-6 medium to large potatoes (preferably with waxy peel)
– 1/2 – 2/3 cup lemon juice depending on preference for lemon flavour (lemon can be from a bottle or fresh squeezed)
– 1/3 cup olive oil
– 2 cloves minced garlic
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
– 2 cups broth (can use vegetable, chicken or lamb broth depending on preference)

Directions:
1. Cut medium to large potatoes into quarters
2. Let potato wedges sit in bowl of water while preparing marinade
3. Place all other ingredients in gallon-sized ziploc bag or in dutch oven/casserole dish with lid
4. Shake ziploc bag or stir dutch oven/dish to combine all ingredients
5. Dry off the potatoes with cloth or paper towel, gently pierce each potato chunk with a fork, put them in the bag/dish with the other ingredients so that they are covered and then let them marinate in the fridge for 2 hours. If putting them in casserole/dutch oven, lid should be on.
6. After 2 hours, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
7. Put the potatoes and marinade in a large casserole (or if you marinated them in casserole dish/dutch oven keep them in there), preferably a white pyrex, approximately 13 x 9 x 3 oval.
8. Cook in oven for 1 hour and 10-30 minutes (until potatoes are soft). Stir/turn potatoes every 20-30 minutes
9. Take potatoes out of the oven once they are soft and let them cool

Potatoes are even better the next day after they’ve been in the fridge over night!

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