Roasted Potatoes with Clementine, Rosemary, Thyme and Garlic
1 kg of potatoes ( Maris Piper is best for roasting due to its specific starch content)
7-8 garlic cloves, no need to peel
Olive Oil or even better Olive Oil infused with chilies
The peel of 2-3 clementines
This is a very festive side dish, best during christmas and delicious with turkey but any meat makes a great match with proper roasted potatoes. First wash and peel the potatoes and cut them in to equal chunks, fill a pot with cold water and add plenty of salt, some sage leaves, some thyme and rosemary. Straight after they are peeled add the potatoes to the pot so that they do not oxidize. Cook on low heat and only let it boil for a couple of minutes, you want to infuse the potatoes and only part boil them so that they get more fluffy once in the oven. During this time make sure your oven is preheated to 200-210 Celsius.
Smear the pan with butter so that it is evenly coated. Add the potatoes and the garlic that has been cooked, disregard the herbs. Toss the clementine peels, and the remaining garlic cloves with the olive or chili oil. Put this on the baking tray as well and make sure that the potatoes are evenly distributed and that each gets enough of the clementine peels. Cook for 30-40 minutes and remove from the oven. Use a potato masher to slightly press down on the potatoes, do not mash them just make them a bit more flat so that they have more surface area .
A bigger surface area means more crispy skin ! Add the sage ( also tossed in some oil), it is important to add the sage later as it would burn and lose its value if it stayed in the oven for too long. Cook for another 30-35 minutes until crispy on the outside or to your liking !
Here (Hawai'i), we have few potato resources. Mostly Yukon Gold, small red, fingerling, or large russets are available. Which would you recommend? What diameter should the chunks be?
Must it be lemon thyme, or will regular thyme do?
How much of each herb? How much sage at the start and at the finish?
Yukon Gold's would do just fine they are not as flaky as others and roast lovely. I cut them in half and in to quarters paying attention to their size, its really up to you as long as you are consistent. I used lemon thyme and lemon thyme works just fine but normal thyme would also do. 3-5 leaves in the beginning in the pan and maybe 7-9 on the tray so that all potatoes get enough of the herb. 4-5 springs of thyme and 3-4 springs of rosemary. Hope you will like it !