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Crispy Roasted Za’atar Potatoes (Low Histamine)

Soft on the inside but with that satisfying crunch, these crispy za’atar potatoes make the perfect low histamine dish for meats, soups, and salads. They’re even delicious on their own as a snack, and they make the perfect low histamine potluck food!

About this recipe

Simple Enough for Beginners. These are the same baked potatoes that I’ve been making for months, and now my bf has even taken over the job, so I know it’s easy & detailed enough for beginners and home chefs alike!

Antihistamine Spices: Between the thyme, the oregano, and the garlic, these potatoes are covered with strongly antihistamine foods, meaning that they contain plant chemicals which inherently help your body calm histamine production.

Low Histamine Comfort Food: with all the restrictions, finding low histamine comfort foods can be hard, but these potatoes fulfill the requirements of warm, crisp, savory, and satisfying.

Ingredients

Baby Potatoes: you can theoretically use any type of potato for this recipe, but I highly recommend a creamier type, like the baby potatoes I used here.

Lard: this high-heat oil is an animal fat well-known for its fantastic frying ability, which stores beautifully in the freezer for longer periods of time.

Za’atar Seasoning: this Middle Eastern spice blend forms the core of the flavoring for these potatoes. It consists of thyme, sesame seeds, coriander, sumac, and cumin, which offer a balanced flavor profile without affecting histamine production.

Raw Garlic: using raw garlic adds an umami element to the potatoes that really rounds out the overall flavor and complements meats and root vegetables as a side dish.

How to make za’atar potatoes: step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Wash and clean all your baby potatoes, then dry them thoroughly.

Step 2. Cut them in half then into small pieces, about 1cm thick, adding them to a large bowl of water as they’re cut (this helps reduce surface-level starch and increase crispiness). Then dry all the potatoes with a dish towel or paper towels, making sure to get off all excess water.

Pro-Tip: The smaller they are, the faster they’ll cook and the crispier they’ll be, so if you like really crispy potatoes then cut the pieces quite small.

Step 3. Make sure your lard is warm so that it doesn’t solidify on the potatoes, then toss them with the fat, and slowly add in the za’atar, minced garlic, and salt.

Step 4. Spread the za’atar potatoes in one layer on your baking sheet, then cook for 15 minutes.

Step 5. Take your potatoes out of the oven and flip & move around all of them, then bake for another 10-15 minutes, until as crispy as desired. Serve with a simple garlic sauce, like a roasted or traditional toum.

Recipe notes & tips

Other Oils. You can use a fat other than lard, but make sure it’s a high-heat cooking oil such as tallow or high-heat coconut oil.

Seasonings. If you know you don’t tolerate one or more of the spices in, you can swap it for a blend of other low histamine herbs and spices you think would go well. You can use any type of seasoning, but only add them when you’d normally otherwise add the original spices, otherwise they may not taste right.

Freezing the Potatoes. If you want to freeze these ‘taters, I recommend cooking them fully beforehand. They’ll stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months; to reheat them simply place in the oven or air fryer at 400°F (205°C) for 3-5 minutes and enjoy with your favorite sauce or side.

What to serve with za’atar potatoes

Homemade Za’atar Potatoes Recipe Card

As always, if you like the recipe, I really appreciate a review or comment!

Crispy Za'atar Potatoes (Low Histamine)

Crispy Za'atar Potatoes (Low Histamine)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Soft yet crispy young potatoes with savory za'atar seasoning and a satisfying crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds of baby potatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons lard or other tolerated oil
  • 2 Tablespoons za'atar seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Wash and clean all your baby potatoes, then dry them thoroughly.
    2. Cut them in half then into small pieces, about 1cm thick (the smaller, the crispier), adding them to a large bowl of water as they're cut (this helps reduce surface-level starch and increase crispiness). Then dry all the potatoes with a dish towel or paper towels, making sure to get off all excess water.
    3. Make sure your lard is warm so that it doesn't solidify on the potatoes, then toss them with the fat, and slowly add in the za'atar, minced garlic, and salt.
    4. Spread the za'atar potatoes in one layer on your baking sheet, then cook for 15 minutes.
    5. Take your potatoes out of the oven and flip & move around all of them, then bake for another 10-15 minutes, until as crispy as desired. Serve with a simple garlic sauce, like a roasted or traditional toum.

Notes

OTHER OILS. You can use a fat other than lard, but make sure it's a high-heat cooking oil such as tallow or high-heat coconut oil.

SEASONING OPTIONS. If you know you don’t tolerate one or more of the spices in, you can swap it for a blend of other low histamine herbs and spices you think would go well. You can use any type of seasoning, but only add them when you’d normally otherwise add the original spices, otherwise they may not taste right.

FREEZING. If you want to freeze these 'taters, I recommend cooking them fully beforehand. They’ll stay good in the freezer for up to 6 months; to reheat them simply place in the oven or air fryer at 400°F (205°C) for 3-5 minutes and enjoy with your favorite sauce or side.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 164.61kcalTotal Fat: 7.23ggSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 169.99mgmgCarbohydrates: 20.36ggFiber: 3gSugar: 0.06ggProtein: 3.55gg

Nutrition data is primarily accumulated from online calculators for convenience and courtesy only, and can vary depending on factors such as measurements, brands, and so on. We encourage you to double-check and make your own calculations.

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