Sauteed Potatoes with Garlic, Thyme and Lemon

"These are a fairly quick and fresh tasting version of steak fries. These are based upon Julia Child's 'Pommes de terre sautees a l'ail'. She also suggests that you can use sage or rosemary in place of the thyme."
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  • Peel potatoes and cut into quarters lengthwise.
  • Fill a medium frying pan with about 1/4 inch olive oil and heat to very hot; add sliced garlic until browned and fragrant.
  • Remove garlic with slotted spoon.
  • Oil should be quite hot, but not smoking.
  • Add potatoes and let sit over moderately high heat for about 2 minutes.
  • Toss potatoes, and let sit 2 minutes more (this sears the outside and helps prevent them sticking to the pan).
  • Continue sauteeing, tossing fairly frequently for 7-8 minutes more, until the potatoes are lightly browned all over.
  • Add the unpeeled garlic cloves and toss the potatoes with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Cover pan and cook over moderately low heat, tossing occasionally, for 8-10 minutes more, until potatoes are tender.
  • *Ifnot serving immediately, keep warm on asbestos mat or warming device, but do not cover pan or potatoes will loose their freshly cooked taste.
  • *(Just before removing from pan, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, and correct seasoning as neccessary.) At serving time, raise heat and toss the potatoes again for a moment or two.
  • Remove from pan with slotted spoon to paper bag.
  • Serve with whole clove of garlic: each person can crush the clove with their fork and mix into their potatoes.

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  1. Missy Wombat
    I really enjoyed this recipe. If your family are big potato eaters it may be worth doubling the batch - my toddler and I polished off the lot between us! I used dried thyme instead of fresh. The garlic and lemon juice are excellent touches. Thanks s'kat!
  2. dimensionally trans
    Pleasant enough and very easy to make. I was impressed by how much the lemon flavour attached to the potatoes. I won't make them again though as they came out just a bit too greasy for me even after I drained them on paper towels. Also, I used 4 small potatoes for 2 of us and it wasn't enough. Perhaps the definition of 'small' is a bit too vague?
  3. Marie
    Very good potatoes. My husband was late for dinner, so I put these in the oven at 350° for the last 15 minutes and they turned out nice and brown. I thought they would taste more garlicky with 6 cloves of garlic, but they were very mild tasting. All in all, a good recipe. Thanks.


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