Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno)

Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes

Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno)

Using new potatoes instead of old potatoes is quite common in Italy, especially in the northern part of Italy this is a must have for accompanying chicken or game dishes. More than the roasting procedure, the really Italian touch is from roasting the potatoes with herbs in order to build up a gentle background flavour.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 650 kcal

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Ingredients
 

  • 16 Small new potatoes (for this recipe I used Charlotte potatoes) About the potatoes I normally consider 200-250 g (7-9 ounces) for each person, which means about 4 small new potatoes per person.
  • 75 ml (3 fl oz) Extra virgin olive oil About the olive oil, the quantity I gave is for a roasting tin with dimensions 31×25 cm (12 1/2" x 10"). A bigger tin may need a bit more olive oil. The rule of thumb is to put enough olive oil just to create a very thin layer in the bottom of the tin.
  • 3 Small rosemary sprigs
  • 3 Cloves of garlic (unpeeled)
  • 3-4 Sage leaves
  • Salt for seasoning

Instructions

  • Peel the potatoes with whatever is handy to you and while you are doing this, leave the peeled ones into a large bowl with cold water.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Then, remove the potatoes from the bowl and transfer them into a large pan, cutting each potato into two equal pieces.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Put the pan onto the cooker over a high heat and cover the potatoes with boiling water from the kettle.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Add a couple of teaspoons of salt and bring to boil (over high heat it should take a couple of minutes).
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • When the water starts boiling, switch the heat to low and wait for 7 minutes. You do not need to boil the potatoes too much because we are not going to mash them. While boiling the potatoes, pre-heat the oven to 190°C (375°F).
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Drain the potatoes using a colander. 
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Leave the colander onto the table for few minutes so the potatoes dry up a bit and meanwhile go to the next step.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Pour the olive oil into the tin and swirl it around in order to cover the bottom of the tin.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Like that.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Put the tin onto the top shelf of the oven and wait few minutes until the oil becomes hot (5 minutes is enough if the oven has been pre-heated previously).
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Take the tin with the hot olive oil out of the oven and put the tin onto the cooker over low heat to maintain the temperature of the oil (at this stage an oven glove will be absolutely necessary!)
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Start laying the potatoes into the tin (be cautious because the oil is very hot). If the potatoes are still a bit wet, this can cause some spurting when in contact with the hot oil, so using a long-handled spoon may be a good idea.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Once all your potatoes are into the tin, tilt the tin on one side so it is easier to collect the hot oil with a spoon and baste the potatoes.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Then, cut the rosemary sprigs in smaller pieces and spread these around with the garlic (unpeeled) and the sage leaves.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • Now, with the oven set to 190°C (375°F), put the tin onto the top shelf of the oven and roast for about 40-50 minutes.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • After 20-25 minutes, I suggest taking the tin out of the oven and turning all the potatoes onto the other side. Then, continue to roast for the remaining 20-25 minutes or until you think that the potatoes are at the right stage of crispness and goldness.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
  • After 40-50 minutes you should have this result. Sprinkle with salt when the potatoes are still hot and then serve as side dish.
    Roast new potatoes (Patate novelle al forno) | Vegetable recipes
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Calories: 650kcal
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