Oven baked potatoes with herbs

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Potatoes are really nice root vegetables, much due to the infinite number of delicious dishes and side dishes you can make from them. No matter which way you prepare them they are always good, not to mention cheap and easy to make. Simply one of the best inventions in the world – the potato!  

Speaking of potatoes brings back memories from my childhood. There was a large potato field in my grandmother’s yard and in Autumn we grandchildren would help with the potato harvest. It was a very rewarding job – so many beautiful, round potatoes at the other end of the stems, hiding under the soil.

This potato harvest also included a campfire near the field. I really don’t know why we did this but I do remember that the new potatoes were buried under the almost extinct campfire embers. From there they were picked up the next day. I didn’t like them – they were so black, sooty and creepy. Now in hindsight I suspect they were actually quite tasty, but I guess I will never know because I refused to taste them at the time.

PORTION: 2 persons
TIME TO MAKE: about 1 hour

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 middle-sized, floury potatoes
  • butter
  • sea salt
  • garlic cloves
  • different kinds of herbs, for example rosemary, thyme, parsley, dill

Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F).

Wash the potatoes well and remove all bad parts, if there are any. Cut proper pieces of foil and also similar pieces of baking paper, if you find that worth doing.

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Cut a lengthwise hole to each potato as shown in the photo above.

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Then cut the potatoes like shown in the second photo.

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Place some sea salt on the foil (or paper) and then place one potato/foil on the salt bed. Fill the holes with minced garlic cloves (at least one clove/potato).

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Add minced garlic clover and some herbs to your taste. After adding a good piece of butter, just wrap the potatoes (first into the paper and then) into the foil and put them into the oven.

After one hour baking they should be ready. You can check them by putting a bbq skewer through the foil: if it goes in easily, the potato is baked. Although if you are using paper as well I suppose you can’t put the stick through it… so you will just have to trust your timing is good.

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