Regular readers of this blog will know that we eat a lot of potatoes in this house. I have gone from being someone with a mortal fear of the humble spud (boarding school, need I say more?) to someone who heaves sacks of them into the trolley with abandon. Thanks to the previous owners of this house, we even have some growing in the garden.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t get bored with them. You could say we have a troubled relationship, but I am trying to do my bit. That’s how this delectable recipe came into being…
Spicy seedy spuds
This recipe was born purely out of chance – I was thinking about something my mum used to do with potatoes and sesame seeds, but pulled out the jar of fennel seeds instead. One thing led to another and before long we had this tray of crunchy and aromatic spuds to eat with some grilled fish and salad. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
800g roasting potatoes (eg Agria, King Edward, Maris Piper)
60g butter or ghee
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
1 Tbsp fennel seeds
1 Tbsp coriander seeds
1 heaped tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp chilli flakes, optional
a good pinch of flaky sea salt
Heat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with baking paper or foil (or both, if you are the sort of cheating cook who hates washing up of any kind).
Scrub the potatoes and cut into 2cm dice. Tip them into a large bowl.
If you have the time, the inclination and the equipment, bash the seeds in a mortar and pestle to crush them slightly.
Melt the butter in a small pot, then add the seeds, spices and salt. Let cook for a minute or two, then pour this mixture over the potatoes. Stir well, until they are completely coated.
Tip out onto the prepared tray, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and bake for 30 minutes, giving the tray a shake halfway through. Serves four.
What’s your favourite new way with potatoes?