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Lebanese-Style Spicy Potatoes with Lemon and Cilantro
This is our simplified version of Lebanese batata harra—or “spicy potatoes” as translated from the Arabic—which typically is made by deep-frying potatoes until crisp, then tossing them in a fragrant mixture of garlic and spices. We get everything done in a nonstick skillet. First, the potatoes are simmered in a modest amount of water until tender, then drained and dried, and finally returned to the pan with olive oil for crisping before the seasonings are introduced. Aleppo pepper is a key ingredient here. The seedless, bright-red pepper flakes have a slightly smoky, subtly fruity flavor with hints of cumin and moderate spiciness. Look for it in Middle Eastern markets, spice shops and well-stocked supermarkets.
pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, cut into 1-inch chunks
01In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, combine the potatoes, 3 cups water and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high, then cover and cook until a skewer inserted into the potatoes meets no resistance, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander; wipe out the skillet. Distribute the potatoes on a clean kitchen towel or a doubled layer of paper towels and thoroughly pat dry.
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