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Impressive Fan Potatoes in Se7en Steps…

July 21st, 2009 · 17 Comments

Our Monday Munchie this week is quick and easy, not to mention so impressive. I usually make crispy roast potatoes once a week, they are quick and easy and everybody loves them. But sometimes I need to impress my family and I take a little bit longer to prepare them. Instead of the five minute preparation time these pototes take about ten or fifteen minutes to prepare – depending on how many hungry beasts you are feeding!

This is what you are aiming for:

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Let’s Meet The Players:

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  • Potatoes
  • Slices of Garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary, slightly chopped
  • Crunchy salt
  • Olive Oil

Let’s Play the Game:

Step 1: Peel your potatoes and keep them in water, to keep their color, until you are ready to work with them. For most potato roasting I chop my potatoes into chunks but for these potatoes you need to keep them whole.

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Step 2: Thinly slice your potato from the top down, but not going all the way through. I put a skewer along the side of the potato, then when I slice through the potato the stick stops the knife from slicing right through the potato.

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Step 3: Once your potato is sliced place a couple of slices of garlic into the cracks. Pop them into your roasting pan.

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Step 5: Drizzle some olive oil over your potatoes.

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Step 4: Grind some crunchy salt over them.

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Step 6: Sprinkle some fresh rosemary over them and around the pan.

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Step 7: Pop them in a medium oven for about an hour. I usually pop them in the oven with whatever else is cooking and forget about them. Don’t jiggle them about, don’t stir them, just leave them they are happy! Usually after about an hour depending on how hot your oven needs to be, for whatever else is in there, they are slightly browning and crispy on top. The slices open up and you have delicious crispy-crunchy fan-shaped roast potatoes.

That’s it – the way to my family’s, not to mention the father person’s, heart. Bon Apetito!!!

Late addition: And just for Linda B…

Here is how we do the regular five minute preparation potatoes:

  1. Peel and chop the potatoes three ways:

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  2. Toss them in the pan, drizzle sunflower oil over them and roll them round in it so that they have a thin layer of oil on them. Grind salt on them and they are ready for the oven.

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  3. Pop them in a medium oven for about an hour until they are crispy and lightly browned. Don’t look away because they will be gone!

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There you go – roast potatoes in a nutshell.

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Tags: Monday Munchies · Vegetables

17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Linda B // Jul 21, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    So, is the 5 minute prep version of this recipe the same except for the shape of the potatoes? Cubes instead of fans?

    These look delicious!

  • 2 se7en // Jul 21, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Hi L, I usually cut them into triangle wedges: 2 cuts from the top corners to the middle bottom… it gives them lots of surface area to get crispy… I tell you what next time I make roast potatoes I will photograph them and add the pics to the post! My mother-in-law lives and dies by my roast potatoes, (!!!) so I usually make them for dinner on a wednesday when she pops round… Have a good week and watch out for those potatoes!

  • 3 Chris // Jul 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    That looks a fun variation – will give them a try. Thanks
    Chris x

  • 4 se7en // Jul 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Hi C, Go for it! They really are worth the extra effort! Have a good week…

  • 5 Tania @ Larger Family Life // Jul 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Those look yummm! Must give it a try soon!

  • 6 gracie // Jul 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    ohhh i love these, but i leave the skins on, add onion and green or red pepper, and butter, wrap them in tin foil and put them on the out-door grill

    yum thank you for an idea for dinner tonight!

  • 7 Sue // Jul 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I remember having these at your house MANY years ago…when Se7en was Two! They were SO good. I tried them myself afterwards and didn’t get it nearly right. So maybe now I’ll try again :) !

    Thanks for your email welcoming our new baby. Sorry for the lack of response! She is bringing us great joy and fun (and sleepless nights…)
    Love to all

  • 8 se7en // Jul 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Hi T, Thanks for coming over! These really are good!!! Very More-ish!!! Have a good week!

  • 9 se7en // Jul 22, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Hi G, That sounds great – I love the pepper idea, and anything with butter, well!!! Hope your dinner went well!!!

  • 10 se7en // Jul 22, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Hi S, So good to hear from you… You remember a time before there were se7en!!! Now that is a while ago!!! See how long I have been trying to impress the father person!!! I am so glad you are enjoying you sleepless nights and your little girl – amazing how quickly one forgets all about them!

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