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Thursday, August 13, 2020

In The Kitchen With Kanta : Garlic roasted potatoes

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Spring is now here and with it comes warmer climates; so this weekend, we had a barbecue and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  I usually write recipes for meat dishes, but today I figured I would share one of my favourite, go-to recipes of Garlic Roasted potatoes.  These crisp tender potatoes smothered in melted butter, Parmesan cheese and seasoned with fragrant herbs are perfect for any occasion, they are scrumptious and really easy to make.   

Prep time 10 mins | Cook time 30 mins

Servings: Yields 6 servings


  • 1kg of red potatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tsps of powdered garlic)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 113g freshly grated Parmesan
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsps chopped parsley leaves (optional)
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C and lightly oil a baking tray.

Place the potatoes in a single layer onto the prepared baking tray; and add olive oil, garlic, thyme and parmesan.  Season them with salt and pepper to taste; making sure each potato is coated with all the ingredients.

Place the potatoes into the oven and bake them for 25-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and crisp. Once cooked, mix in the butter until it’s fully melted, about 1 minute.


Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Kanta Temba is a Cake maker and decorator|Lusaka Times Food columnist|TV show host


  1. Majority in Zambia cannot to afford to eat such diets under pf

    • @NEZ (new educated Zambia UPND) You are always complaining about one thing or the other! Get a life and improve yourself by appreciating others who have a different view from you!
      On a different note: Kanta which potatoes makes good fries as we are made to believe Zambian potatoes are not good for the many South African outlets (especially the food courts in malls). I am not impressed that we continue to import tonnes and tonnes of potatoes (and sometimes even cut and ready to cook chips). The South African fast food restaurants must work with local producers

  2. Wena Kanta,

    Learn a little more about where the majority of your readership is located. “Spring is not definitely here in Southern Africa.
    So we should just carbon load on the potatoes? No accompanying protein dish?

    • thank you for saying that. i was actually scrolling to the part she says “this can be served with this or that

  3. Sweet potatoes also roast well ( without the need for fat addition). Instead of the cheese, just dribble over a little veg oil.

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