Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Tesco.
We love to eat seasonal British food at the farm and there is only one thing more exciting in Spring than our lambs and that is Jersey Royal Potatoes.
Those sweet little nuggets of loveliness make me squeal when I see them on sale in the supermarket.
Unlike other potatoes, Tesco Jersey Royals are only available to buy in store between April and June and Jersey Royal New Potato is the only potato that carries the EU Protected Designation of Origin mark of authenticity, like Cornish clotted cream, champagne or Stilton cheese.
The potatoes are delivered direct to Tesco stores from Jersey and are distinctive by their kidney shape, waxy texture, nutty flavour and delicate skins.
I love the fact that the potatoes hold their shape so well. They are the ultimate fast food and can be boiled straight from the bag without peeling and, due to their small (yet mighty) size, they are ready in 15 minutes or less.
Now usually I wouldn’t do anything to them, maybe a knob of butter, some cracked black pepper and if I’m feeling really adventurous, some lemon zest but for this task, I decided to turn this heritage potato on its head.
As Jersey is just 14 miles off the French coast, I have decided to go all Mediterranean with my dish.
This is Mediterranean Tesco Jersey Royals.
You Will Need:
Tesco Jersey Royal Potatoes cubed
2 cloves of garlic
A little oil (I used a chilli and garlic oil for an extra kick)
A tin of butter beans
A carton of passata (I got one flavoured with oregano)
A teaspoon of oregano
A splash of Worcester sauce or an non-anchovy containing alternative if serving for vegetarians
Halloumi Cheese cubed
Parsley to serve.
Step One. Have the Tesco Jersey Royals come to the boil and then simmer. Check regularly from 10 minutes as you don’t want them too soft.
Step Two. As with any classic dish, you start with a glug of oil and a chopped onion. Sweat the onion with the garlic but don’t let it colour. I usually put a lid on for this.
Step Three. Add the Halloumi cheese-try to get the cheese and the potato a similar size when chopping.
Step Four. When the Halloumi is coloured and the potatoes are cooked, drain the potatoes, add them to your cheese and onion mix then add the oregano, butter beans and passata.
Step Five. Pop the lid on and cook for a further ten minutes.
Serve alone as a main meal with a sprig of parsley or as an accompaniment. The farmer likes it with fish. I tend to just have it on its own.
It makes a great side dish for barbecues too which is perfect with the Tesco Jersey Royal season happening right at the beginning of barbecue season and I often prefer the sides at barbecues over the actual grilled food.
Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes are available from Tesco now.