Gradely Scran

Because life's too short to stuff a mushroom.



Gradely Scran


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).


Per person:

  • 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
  • S&P
  1. Chop the potatoes if necessary to ensure that they are all roughly one inch across. Peel them or don’t — as you prefer.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Bake at 200ºC for 30 minutes.
  5. 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.