Recipe by: The Chef Photographs: The Nutrition Guru
Here is a quick rundown on how to bake the best potatoes.
- Thoroughly wash the potatoes and remove any eyes.
- There is no need to peel the potatoes. The peel contains valuable fibre
- Dry the potatoes with a tea towel making sure all moisture is removed. This will help create a crispy skin.
- Place in a pan that has been drizzled with olive oil.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle with olive oil, and toss the pan to coat the potatoes in the oil.
- Add herbs such as rosemary, oregano, sage or thyme.
- Bake in a hot oven, 200 degrees celsius for at least 30 mins.
- Cooking time will vary depending on the size of potato.
- Need to cook the potatoes in a hurry? Simply cut into small pieces which will reduce the cooking time.
The Nutrition Guru says:
- Potatoes are high in fibre, low in fat and a good source of energy.
- They are also high in potassium which prevents blood pressure from rising and therefore prevents heart disease.
- They are a good source of vitamin C an antioxidant which prevents cell damage, boosts immunity and is responsible for wound healing.
- Potatoes have received a bad wrap in the past couple of years after the popularity of low carb diets. Potatoes are in fact a healthful food.
- It all comes down to the way they are prepared and the portion size.
- Steer clear of fried potatoes, french fries and mash containing large amounts of butter and cream.
- Steer clear of the high fat sauces that are often served with potatoes such as cream, sour cream and gravy.
- Watch your potion when eating potatoes. Stick to 1/4 of your meal or plate as a guide.