Some of you may be still salivating at the steak dish I posted just a couple of days ago but the side dish served with the meat is no slouch either and it’s one of family’s favourite during the cold months. Potatoes are big around here and when we agreed to cook-up some steaks for Sunday dinner we knew it would be potatoes. Would it be mashed potatoes, classic Greek roast potatoes or….these gorgeous “domino” roasted potatoes I’ve recently seen? None of the above.
My dad was in the kitchen cutting up potatoes, onions, peppers and it looked like he beat me to the side dish. My dad loves potatoes and he really loves this dish as it also contains peppers and it’s also on the spicy side with some hot peppers or Boukovo usually tossed in the mix. He simply adds peppers, tomatoes with potatoes and tosses in tomatoes, a little bit of carrot and some bay leaves and throws them in the oven. My Greek friends from northern Greece will recognize this dish with their family’s own “touches” but you’ll recognize it.
This roast potato dish isn’t as dry as your usual roast potatoes with some sauce still evident in the pan and ideal for dunking bread into it. This dish is reminiscent of Patates Yiahni or Bloum Patates…both stewed potato dishes cooked on the stovetop. This dish is similar to both but all the cooking is done in the oven. Patates Plaki would be a more accurate description. Plaki dishes are oven-baked dishes and pieces of boiled lamb, veal or chicken can certainly be placed on the potatoes and baked together for a complete dinner. Fish Plaki is another popular Greek dish.
A dish like this makes for a wonderful vegetarian main course or an “all in one” dinner with the addition of a protein of your choice. This is a hearty dish that’s best suited to the cooler months as there’s chiili flakes (Boukovo) in the mix but not too much to blow your head-off – just enough to warm you as the days shorten and evenings grow. Patates Plaki – my kind of comfort food.
Patates Plaki (Πατάτες πλακί)
6 large Yukon Gold (or other yellow potatoes, peeled and quartered)
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, smashed
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 carrot, halved lengthwise then sliced
1 large ripe tomato, passed through a box grater (or 3/4 cup vegetable cocktail)
1 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. Boukovo (chilli flakes)
2 bay leaves
1 cup hot chicken or vegetable stock
1-2 tsp. coarse sea salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 tsp. dried Greek oregano
Pre-heated 425F oven
- Pre-heat your oven and set the rack to the middle position. In medium-sized deep baking dish add the potatoes, garlic, onions, peppers, carrot, grated tomato, paprika, bay leaves, ground pepper, Boukovo, oregano and toss to coat. Add the hot stock, mix well and taste and add salt to taste and more ground pepper and stir-in.
- Drizzle with olive oil (be generous) and place in your pre-heated oven for 45-50 minutes or until potato-tops are crisp but there’s still some sauce in the dish.
- Carefully remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. Good crusty bread is recommended for dunking.
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