Potatoes and garlic baked in parchment
Time: 40 mins
Acknowledgements: Greens, who else. This is a great way of serving potatoes at a dinner party. Quick, easy, tasty and very impressive (to people who’ve never seen it before).
- 1 sheet baking parchment
- 4 or 5 small new potatoes (or old potatoes chopped up)
- 4 or 5 cloves of garlic
- Small twig of rosemary
- Olive oil
- Chop the potatoes if necessary to ensure that they are all roughly one inch across. Peel them or don’t — as you prefer.
- Put them in a bowl with the whole garlic cloves (again, you can leave these unpeeled if you wish). Drizzle with olive oil and toss thoroughly to ensure that everything is well coated.
- To make the parchment packages: fold each piece of paper in half; place the potatoes and garlic on one half, next to the crease; top with a sprig of rosemary and season well with S&P; fold over the other half of the parchment, and roll up the edges tightly to seal it (if you’re worried it will pop open you could always staple it).
- Bake at 200ºC for 30 minutes.
- Serve in the packages.
If you choose to peel the garlic cloves (I usually do) you might find it helpful to warn your guests that not everything that looks like a potato actually is a potato. This could help avoid some unpleasant scenes.