Roasted cracked baby potatoes with garlic and rosemary

Roasted cracked baby potatoes with garlic and rosemary hk

Preparation time : 15 mins Cooking time : 40 mins Servings : 6
  • 2 kg firm baby potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 heads garlic, peeled but cloves left whole (smaller cloves are best
  • 250 ml good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 sprig fresh rosemary, woody stems discarded, finely chopped
  • 125 ml plain double-cream yoghurt
  • 125 ml mayonnaise
  • 15 ml wholegrain mustard
  • 15 ml honey

In a large pot, add the potatoes and cover with cold water.

Add the salt, then bring to a boil on the stovetop over high heat. Cook for 12–14 minutes until just tender.

Preheat the oven to 220 °C. 

Drain the cooking water from the potatoes, then transfer them to a large, deep roasting tray. 

Use the back of a dessertspoon to crack each potato gently, applying just enough pressure to leave them intact but creating nice crevices for the oil and seasoning to be absorbed.

Add the garlic cloves, drizzle the oil all over, then season generously with salt and pepper. 

Roast for 15 minutes, then turn each potato with tongs, scatter with rosemary and return to the oven for another 10–15 minutes until they are golden brown on both sides (keep them in longer if needed).

While the potatoes are roasting, make the mayo dip. Place all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well.

Transfer to a dipping bowl and refrigerate until needed.

Remove the potatoes from the oven, then transfer to a serving dish using a slotted spoon (discard the excess oil). Serve hot with the yoghurt mayo dip.

Recipe extract from Cape Mediterranean by Ilse van der Merwe published by Penguin Random House. The book retails for 360

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