Monday, 9 April 2012

Hedgehog potatoes

I used to love these as a kid. To be honest it's a bit of a stretch to say that they look like hedgehogs, I suppose you could construct little heads and faces on them but that is just ridiculous. Anyway, these are a good way of making potatoes a bit more exciting. These are also called hassle-back potatoes- depends where you went to school.

  • Olive oil
  • Whole roasting potatoes, allow two small or one large one per person
  • grated cheese (optional)
Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Take each potato and cut slices (not all the way through) across it, so that you have lots of 'spikes', you can also cut them cross ways to get even more realistic spikes but here I just did slices. Cover in olive oil so that each potato is covered (not swimming in it!). Bake for about 40minutes until cooked through and golden. Put grated cheese on the top of each potato and bake for a further 2 minutes, until the cheese melts.

  • Place a wooden spoon beside the potato you are cutting, this way you can't cut right through
  • Can put some rosemary and/or thyme in the pan for a bit of flavour too

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