There may be slim pickings in the vegetable garden as we are still officially in the ‘hungry gap’ but woody herbs are perking up and putting on new growth after the winter.
Rambling Lamb Potatoes
This delicious traditional dish from Italy is known by several other names such as runaway or escaped lamb. There’s no actual lamb involved but the wine and herbs: particularly the rosemary, give the distinct impression that there might be.
700- 800g potatoes, peeled and cubed
1-2cloves garlic, halved or quartered if large
3 tablespoons oil
1-2 large sprigs rosemary
4- 5 sage leaves
2- 3 small sprigs thyme
3- 4 bay leaves
Sea salt flakes
Coarsely ground black pepper
100ml dry vermouth (or use white wine) 100 ml water
PLUS: extra herbs to garnish
Preheat oven to 180°C (fan oven) or equivalent
You will need a greased oven-proof dish
Toss potatoes and garlic in oil in the baking dish. Tuck in the herbs and season with salt and pepper. Turn gently to coat and pour over the vermouth or wine and water.
Bake for up to an hour, stirring a couple of times, until the potatoes are golden and tender and have absorbed all the liquid.
Discard the spent herbs and garnish with fresh. Serve immediately.
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