- 2kg potatoes
- 100g butter
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Serving or wooden spoon
- 1 large or 2 medium tins
Scrub and peel the potatoes (see our tip on what to do with the leftover peelings). If your potatoes are around the size of a large egg, keep them whole. Otherwise, halve or quarter them so they’re all roughly the same size.
Place 1 potato in a serving spoon or a wooden spoon – this helps to keep it steady and stops you slicing all the way through the potato. If it’s halved or quartered, then place it flat-side down. Slice the potato at 3mm intervals, but don’t slice all the way down. Make sure the bottom 1cm of each potato is unsliced. Once they’re sliced, pop the potatoes into a pan or bowl of cold water and cover. Set aside till you’re ready to cook.
When you’re ready to roast the spuds, make sure your oven is heated to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6.
Place a large roasting tin over a couple of hobs. Add 50g of the butter (keep the rest for your other recipes) with 4 tbsp olive oil. Season with a good pinch of salt and pepper. Warm over a medium heat to melt the butter, then add the potatoes and turn them once or twice, spooning the butter and oil all over the potatoes so they are well coated. Drop in 4 of the bay leaves (keep the other for your Truffled Cauli Pie)
Slide the tin into the oven. Roast for 50-60 mins till crisp and golden, turning them halfway through. Push a skewer into one of the larger spuds – it should slide through easily. Transfer the hasselback roasties to a warm dish, discarding the bay leaves, and serve.
Low Waste, No Waste
Your potato peelings don't just make good compost, then also make great Veg Peelings Crisps (NAME TBC). Search for the recipe at www.abelandcole.co.uk and enjoy some crunchy snacks with a glass of sherry on Christmas Eve.
Love Your Leftovers
Leftover roast potatoes will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge in a sealed tub. They're perfect for turning into a Spanish omelette. Finely slice them, then tip them into a frying pan with 1 finely sliced onion and a splash of oil and fry, stirring, till golden brown. Pour over enough beaten egg to cover, then fry for 1-2 mins to set the base. Transfer to a hot grill and cook till the top is set. Serve in wedges.