These garlic-heavy potatoes are a Lebanese and Meditteranean staple known as Batata Hara. Crispy and fluffy, with a touch of spice, a ton of lemon, and cilantro, these won’t last long when your family gets their hands on them.
I like to use new potatoes or mini Yukon Gold, which have a little more sweetness than your average baker or Idaho. Try using fingerlings, or purple potatoes for a different twist on this Mediterranean classic.
For this recipe, I recommend using a robust, spicy extra virgin olive oil with a peppery flavor to stand up to the lemon and cilantro. If you want to increase the spice level, try adding red pepper flakes or a touch of cayenne pepper. If you aren’t a fan of spicy foods, don’t worry — the paprika in the recipe is more for color than any added heat.