Roasties are NOT just for Sunday!
Perfect Scotty Brand Roast Potatoes
At last I can share some exciting news with you, it is with a big floury and crispy flourish that I can announce that I am a Scotty Brand Blogger! I have teamed up with this wonderful old family company, which means you will be seeing lots of delicious recipes and posts that incorporate tasty tatties (potatoes) and carrots, as well as other seasonal Scottish produce throughout the year….my first bag of Scotty Brand potatoes arrived two days ago…….a big box of fabulous Scottish spuds……
……my spuds arrived packed in individual bags and all safely nestled in a large box; I emptied the potatoes out of their plastic bags and have them stored in the box, in a cool place, in the best storage conditions – cool and dark. I was sent some Kestrel potatoes, which are ideal for baking, roasting and boiling; Scotty Brand Kestrel potatoes are grown by dedicated Scotty growers, and Kestrel potatoes are distinguishable by their beautiful blue-purple eyes and cream-coloured skin, with a long oval shape and smooth texture. I LOVE the fact that the farmer who grew the potatoes is mentioned on my bag of spuds! And did you know that potatoes are REALLY very good for you? Here are a few interesting facts:
Did you know?
- A boiled potato has the second highest concentrate of folic acid after bread. Folic acid boosts your immune system, as it supports the production of white blood cells.
- Despite the rumours, potatoes are actually a better source of potassium than bananas. A banana contains roughly 450mg, whereas a baked potato contains 750mg.
- Potassium protects you against heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease. It keeps your muscles strong and reduces tiredness.
- Potatoes contain no cholesterol, so are ideal for lowering high blood pressure.
- One medium potato supplies 30mg vitamin C — that’s nearly as much as in a whole glass of tomato juice.
- There are 93 calories in every 100g potatoes.
Typical values per 100g:
Energy 390kJ/93kcal; protein 3g; carbohydrates 21g; of which sugars 1g; fat trace; of which saturates trace; fibre 2g; sodium trace; salt trace.
Now we are all BIG spud lovers in my household, we love them all……baked (jacket potatoes), chipped, boiled, mashed, sautéed, roasted and souped! My potatoes had been scheduled to arrive last Friday, but I wasn’t in when they were delivered, so they arrived after the weekend; and my original plan was to make a BIG tray of roasties to go with Sunday lunch, but that was not to be……so, I decided that Roasties are NOT just for Sundays, and I made a big batch of roast potatoes for our tea last night, and why not? They are easy to prepare and make a midweek meal seem special. I served mine with some grilled steak and onions with a big side salad.
I have a wonderful family recipe for roast potatoes, but I decided to try the recipe that is featured on the Scotty Brand website here: Perfect Scotty Brand Roast Potatoes. As it was a midweek meal and I had lots of onions to accompany the steaks, as well as a big salad, I omitted the garlic and rosemary, but other than that I cooked these spuds as suggested……and as you can see from the photos, they were light, crispy and fluffy inside, just divine actually! I sprinkled a little sea salt over them just before serving them and that was all that was needed to dress these fabulous potatoes.
You can find the recipe on the Scotty Brand website, as I said before, but I have copied it here for ease……..
PERFECT SCOTTY BRAND ROAST POTATOES
450g Scotty Brand Kestrel Potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
8 tbsp olive oil
50g soft butter
2 cloves of crushed garlic
2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
Plain flour for dusting
Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Pre-heat oven to 200°C/ 400°F or Gas mark 6.
- Mix the butter, crushed garlic and chopped rosemary together.
- Part-boil the potatoes in salted water, until they are around two-thirds cooked. Drain and leave them to cool.
- Lightly dust the cooked potatoes with the flour until they are evenly coated.
- Heat a roasting tin with the olive oil, add in the potatoes then place in the oven for around 45 minutes, until tender.
- Remove from the oven and add in the garlic, rosemary and butter.
- Gently fry the potatoes for 1 minute, until the potatoes are golden brown and ready for you to enjoy.
Scotty Brand has a proud heritage: The brand was first launched in 1948 by Albert Bartlett, a shipyard worker who wanted to support his family and so began boiling up beetroot in an old tin bath, selling it under Scotty Brand. Albert’s name and his values of hard work and honest endeavour live on in the family company today, as it continues to bring you the best tasting produce, fresh from Scotland. I can certainly recommend the Kestrel potatoes; I have roasted them and boiled them so far, and plan lots more recipes over the next few weeks. They can be purchased from Asda, Morrisons, Tescos, Whole Foods and the Co-Op, in England as well as Scotland. But, please be aware, that you will only dine their products when it is in season in Scotland, so you may not find every item all year round…that suits me, as I am VERY keen on working with the seasons in my kitchen.
That’s all for now, I will be back with my usual Fish on Friday post later on………and don’t forget that if you fancy making fish and chips for Friday, these spuds make GREAT chips too! See you later…….Karen.