Simon Cowell is a keen fan of home cooking. “No one can make roast potatoes like my mum Julie,” he says, “and I’m sure lots of people feel the same way about their family recipes. I’ve always believed the best food is found on kitchen tables, not in fancy restaurants, and that was why we made this series. We wanted to find those home-cooked dishes and recipes that have been passed down through the generations.”
1.5kg/3lb large Maris Piper potatoes Olive oil Salt
1. Preheat your oven to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7. Peel the potatoes, cut them in half and cook in boiling salted water for 10 minutes, until they’ve just started to go soft. Drain well and let them dry without allowing them to get cold.
2. Meanwhile, pour a generous amount of olive oil into a roasting tin and place in the oven until piping hot. Lay each potato cut side down on a work surface and scrape lines across the tops with a fork. Put the potatoes, cut side down, in the hot oil and place in the oven.
3. Roast for 40 minutes, or until crispy, turning the potatoes during the cooking so that they are golden all over. Season with a sprinkling of salt just before the cooking time is up.
Recipe taken from Food Glorious Food (Mitchell Breazley). To order you copy from the RT bookshop for just £14.99 (usually £20) with free p&p call 01603 648176.