- 1½ kg baby potatoes, left whole
The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…
- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 1 garlic bulb, cloves separated and smashed
Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…
- few thyme sprigs
This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Tip potatoes into a large roasting tin. Add the olive oil, bay leaves, garlic and thyme, stir and season well. Put potatoes in the oven and roast for 30 mins (the final 30 minutes of the beef if you are cooking as part of a roast - see 'Goes well with' recipe, right).
While meat rests, turn up the heat to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Shake the roasting tin and continue to cook the potatoes for 30 mins more until golden and crisp.