Crispy Herbed Fantail Potatoes

in hive-102880 •  18 days ago  (edited)

The humble potato aka spud or tater was first cultivated by the Incas in Peru around 8,000 BC to 5,000 B.C.
When the Spanish conquered Peru in 1536 potatoes were introduced to Europe and later that same century Sir Walter Raleigh introduced them to Ireland.
Potatoes are very easy to grow and can feed many hungry mouths using a small piece of land.
Our small potato patch - hubby used an old swimming pool pump which he sawed in half, drilled some holes and sunk into the ground so the moles can't get to the potatoes; should be ready for harvesting soon.

The Potato Famine
The Irish potato famine of 1845 is one of the worst tragedies in Irish history.

The Irish population fell from around 8 million to roughly 6 million; with 1 million deaths and another million emigrating under the threat of starvation.
The reasons were multiple; firstly being overly dependant on the potato crop. Secondly a disease called blight was accidentally brought in by ships from America, and lastly the most tragic cause was the reluctance of the ruling British government to intervene. The continued export of other food from Ireland to England aggravated matters.

On a lighter note...
A Fun Fact
The potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space in 1995 as NASA and the University of Wisconsin aimed at providing food for astronauts on long space voyages, and in future possible space colonies.


Potato Yeast
Yes, one can also use this versatile vegetable to make yeast for bread baking; this is one yeast I still have to try my hand at!

Nutritional Value of Potatoes

High in the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin C - an excellent antioxidant.
  • Potassium - an electrolyte essential for muscle functioning.
  • Vitamin B6 - plays an important role in carbohydrate and protein metabolism.
  • Nutrient dense complex Carbs - for optimal mental and physical performance

Which is your favourite?
Potato Fries, Wedges, Potato Bake, Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Roast Potatoes, Potato Salad or Creamy Mashed Potatoes?

I think you can guess which one is my favourite:)
Potato selection.jpg

However, there's yet another favourite, and that is Hasselback or Fantail Potatoes.


  • 8 medium Potatoes, scrubbed and washed
  • 1/2 pkt Brown Onion Soup Powder
  • 1/2 pkt White Onion Soup Powder
  • 200 gram Butter, melted
  • Fresh Rosemary

Cut a thin slice off one side of potato so it has a flat surface to sit firmly in oven pan.
Slice thinly, but not all the way through.
Mix butter and soup powders and pour over potatoes, scatter fresh Rosemary over the top.
Bake at 180°C for about an hour or till potatoes are cooked through, basting with the butter mixture every so often.
Potato prep.jpg
Gorgeous crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.



Hope you enjoyed this as my contribution to @qurator's weekly HIVE TOP CHEF - POTATOES

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That's really interesting pouring the butter and onion soup powder over the roast potatoes. I can imagine it would taste soooo good!

  ·  16 days ago (edited)

It really makes a delicious and different kind of roast potato! Thanks for popping in:)

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As they say, "Heyto Potato"
Marian says that you should write a recipe book Lady Liz.
I think so too.

This is a great post!

LOL, I'd forgotten that old saying @papilloncharity and guess what, tell Marian that's been on my mind for a long time, but an ebook would be easier, just need to get started;)
Glad you enjoyed it, thank you my friend for the encouragement!

Well maybe I was prodded by the Spirit to get you going with the book in whatever format the you desire Lady Joan.
When last did I eat a proper "boerekos" meal. Soft meat, rice&gravy, pumpkin, baked potatoes, cauliflower cheese, beans and a desert of malva pudding. About 30 years or more ago.

On the farm as a child we had different versions of it every Sunday, but that was 60 years ago hahaha
So you should seriously consider that book methinks madam.

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I am definitely going to give this a try. Looks super yummy

  ·  18 days ago (edited)

It really is, much nicer than plain roast potatoes, hope you try it;)

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Oh wow, this looks great! I've never seen this before but I'm definitely trying it out tomorrow!

I hope you try it @bengy, it's really good, it's great seeing you here, thanks for the visit:)

I did, and the girls loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

Wow, you're still my Kitchen Queen...

And you're too kind dear Sir;)
Nice seeing you again my friend!

That looks amazing. Probably a little more fiddly than plain roasties, but could be worth it.

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Thank you and yes they are really good and definitely worth the little extra prepping, one could use half olive oil and half vegan butter. Hope you give it a try, enjoy your weekend:)

That looks so yummy! I may give it a try since my bf loves anything with potato included lol

He'll love this and it's really easy, you could also just use one type of soup powder, good luck and thanks for popping in @gabrielatravels;)

I used to love these on the barbecue but I never thought to put the soup broth on them. Such a good idea!

It is really good, much nicer than plain roast potatoes, it's becoming our new favourite;)