Cracked potatoes

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
12 small-medium potatoes
8 tbsp olive oil
2 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 3g chopped fresh thyme leaves
Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 clove garlic, sliced
Special Equipment: a rolling pin or heavy pan

1) Using the rolling pin or a heavy pan, gently smack the potatoes, 1 potato at a time, until the skin begins to split, exposing the interior of the raw potato.

2) Over low heat, add the olive oil to a medium-sized heavy-bottomed saucepan, then add the potatoes and thyme sprigs and season generously with salt and pepper. Place the lid on the pan and allow to cook, undisturbed, shaking the pan every 5 mins or so, until the bottoms of the potatoes are browned, about 10 to 12 mins. (Check occasionally to make sure the potatoes aren't browning too quickly and adjust heat accordingly.) Turn the potatoes to their second side, replace the lid, and continue cooking undisturbed a further 5 to 8 mins.

3) Remove the lid and cook a further 2 to 3 mins, for the condensation to evaporate.

4) Remove the thyme sprigs and add the sliced garlic and chopped fresh thyme and cook until the garlic is caramelised and chewy, about 2 mins. Serve hot.

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