Traditional Roast Potatoes

Roast Potatoes

 

Traditional Roast Potatoes
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lbs) large potatoes (about 6 medium)*
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) olive oil (¼ cup) OR
  • 55g (2 oz) goose or duck fat (¼ cup)
  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • *The best potatoes for roasting in the UK are Maris Piper, Désirée and King Edward.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. Wash and thinly peel potatoes. If the potatoes are large, cut in half then cut each half into thirds.

  4. Place them in a large pan and cover with cold water. Add a good pinch of salt. Bring the water to the boil and then simmer for 7–8 minutes.

  5. Drain well and leave the potatoes in the pan for 2 minutes, without the lid, to steam and dry. Then replace the lid and shake the pan to roughen up the surface of the potatoes.

  6. Either heat the oil or the goose or duck fat in a roasting tin/pan and heat for 3–4 minutes until sizzling. Add potatoes and turn to coat.

  7. Pop in the oven and roast for 15 minutes, then sprinkle over the sea salt. Roast for a further 45 minutes, turning halfway through, or until golden and crispy round the edges.

  8. Note:
  9. If cooking them at the same time as roasting meat in the oven, roast above the meat and allow 1¼ hours. Then while the meat is resting, raise the temperature to 220°C (425°F) (gas 7) and roast for a further 20 minutes or until golden and crispy round the edges.

  10. Extras
  11. Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour over the potatoes before adding them to the oil or fat to produce an extra crunchy potato.

  12. For added flavour, sprinkle over a little thyme or a couple of garlic cloves (peeled and halved).

 

Garlic Bread by the Slice

Garlic Bread

 

Very quick to prepare, garlic bread by the slice is very handy when a whole garlic baguette isn’t needed.

 

Garlic Bread by the Slice
Prepares: 2 slices
 
  • Preparation time: About 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 slices French bread*
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 115g (4 oz) butter, softened (½ cup, or 1 stick)
  • 2 tsp fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. Combine the garlic and parsley with the butter. Now spread each slice of bread on one side with the garlic butter. Arrange on a baking tray and cover with foil.

  4. Bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes, removing the foil halfway through cooking.

  5. *To store the French bread
  6. Take one loaf of French bread and remove the crusts from both ends. Slice the loaf into thick slices, about 1.25cm (½ inch). Separate the number of slices usually required for a meal by a piece of baking parchment. (This makes it easier to remove just a few slices at a time from the freezer to thaw.) Wrap the bread in foil and freeze.

  7. When needed just thaw the required number of slices and follow the recipe above.

  8. We enjoy lovely home-baked bread and if you would like to bake your own French bread, you could follow Paul’s recipe for Crusty French Bread.

Updated: September 16, 2018

Buttercrisp Baby Potatoes

Buttercrisp Baby Potatoes

 

When you want a different way of cooking baby potatoes, give this recipe a try.

 

Buttercrisp Baby Potatoes
Prepares: 3 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (l lb) new/baby potatoes
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick), OR
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • coarse salt, for sprinkling

  • You will need a large lidded sauté pan.


  1. Method
  2. Scrub or scrape the potatoes. Cut larger ones in half, as you do want the size to be small.

  3. Heat the butter or oil in the pan and, when hot, add the potatoes and shake the pan so they are well coated with the butter or oil.

  4. Cover with the lid and let them cook over a low heat for about 30 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally to turn the potatoes. When cooked they will be crisp and golden brown on the outside and tender inside. Sprinkle with coarse salt and serve at once.

 

Quick BBQ Sauce

Quick BBQ Sauce

 

Oh, no! What do you do when you realise you are out of BBQ sauce and there is no time to go to the grocery store. Well here is a good substitute that is very easy to put together.

 

Quick BBQ Sauce
Prepares: 6 servings
 
  • Preparation time: less than 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: less than 5 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 140g (5 oz) tomato ketchup (⅝ cup)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark muscovado sugar/soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée/paste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Method
  2. Put the ketchup into a small pan and add the soy sauce, sugar, and tomato purée/paste. Now add a dash of Worcestershire sauce and season.

  3. Stir everything together then bring to the boil and let it bubble for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

 

Festive Cranberry Sauce

Festive Cranberry Sauce

 

This recipe makes a lovely cranberry sauce with just a hint of port and spices to make it special.

 

Festive Cranberry Sauce
Prepares: 8 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (1 lb) fresh cranberries (4 cups)
  • 90ml (3 fl oz) port (⅓ cup)
  • 115g (4 oz) light muscovado sugar/soft light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp mixed spice/pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ orange
  • 1 tsp Grand Marnier (optional)


  1. Method
  2. Put the cranberries into a medium-sized pan.

  3. Add the sugar, port and spice.

  4. Zest and juice the orange, then add to the pan and stir everything together.

  5. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and gently simmer for 10–15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries soften and are just starting to break up.

  6. Spoon the sauce into a bowl and stir in the Grand Marnier, if using, and then leave to cool.

  7. The sauce can be kept covered in the refrigerator but bring it back to room temperature before serving.

 

Creamy Garlic Potatoes

Creamy Garlic Potatoes

 

For those dishes where you want to add potatoes that are a little bit special. The sliced potatoes are baked with garlic and cream until just browning on the top.

 

Creamy Garlic Potatoes
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 40 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g/2 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into even-sized pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 300ml/10 fl oz/½ pint double cream/whipping cream
  • salt and pepper

  • Equipment
  • A large sized ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

  3. Place the potatoes in a pan of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain and leave in the pan for a couple of minutes to dry. Slice thickly.

  4. Spread evenly over the base of the ovenproof dish and season. Add the whole garlic cloves and pour over the cream.

  5. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, return to the oven for a further 10 minutes until the tops of the potato are starting to brown.

 

Croutons

Herby Croutons

Herby Croutons

 

These croutons are so simple to make and you don’t end up with a store bought packet where they always seem to get crushed.

 

Croutons
 
  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas mark 2

  3. For plain croutons
  4. Take three thick slices of day-old bread – can be sourdough, ciabatta or white loaf. Remove the crusts and cut into cubes.

  5. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and toss.

  6. Spread on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 10–15 minutes, depending on the size of your cubes.

  7. Variations
  8. For herby ones
  9. Add some parsley (or other dried herbs) and black pepper to the plain croutons and toss with olive oil to combine. Then bake.

  10. For scattering on a Caesar salad
  11. Add some dried Italian seasoning and garlic powder to the plain croutons and toss with olive oil. Then bake.

  12. For cheesy ones
  13. Add some grated parmesan cheese and black pepper to the plain croutons and toss with olive oil. Then bake.