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sauteed new potatoes


Sauteed new potatoes

It is a fact that at a full roast dinner table people will devour unbelievable quantities of roast potatoes. You can hardly cook the required quantities if, like me, you have only one, smallish, single oven which cooks contentedly only one thing at a time. Sunday lunches for more than six, the Christmas dinner – a nightmare. Spuds and the roast veg in the oven and they all scream ‘leave me on my own here!’

I’ve discovered that you can cheat. Cheated roast potatoes are cooked under the grill. The carrots and parsnips happy in the oven, full blast, while the roasting joint is resting and I sneakily slide the preboiled, almost cooked potatoes onto the grill pan and crispen them there, only tossing every now and then. The beauty of this approach is that a/ you can present them as roasties, and they taste really almost as good as, and b/ that you can surreptitiously throw another batch in while people are busy hoovering up the first.

Sautéing is the next best. In this instance I wasn’t pressed for time nor quantities but the combination of spinach leaves and capers thrown into the spuds appealed. The recipe came from the Good Food magazine.

sauteed new potatoes


  • 250g new potatoes or small waxy ones like Charlotte
  • a handful of fresh spinach, about 50g
  • 2 tsp capers, drained
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper


Halve the potatoes lengthwise and boil them in salted water for about 15 minutes, depending on size, until tender. Drain and leave uncovered to steam off.

Wash the spinach and dry it as thoroughly as you can in a salad spinner or in paper towels. Rinse the capers and drain them in paper towels as well.

Spinach, potatoes, capers

Heat the oil and half the butter in a skillet large enough to fit the potato halves in a single layer. Add the potatoes, cut side down, and fry for 5 minutes without moving them around. When they are nicely browned, add the spinach leaves and capers and stir in. Season everything with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

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