The first Jersey Royal potatoes mean warmer days are on the way, and at M&S, we work with our growers to ensure you can enjoy them before anyone else. Embrace this new-season British treat with our easy ideas
This spring we were the first retailer to stock new-season crop Jersey Royal new potatoes and, thanks to a milder winter, they arrived earlier than ever before.
Grown exclusively on the island of Jersey, these brilliant British veggies have a nutty flavour and beautifully buttery texture thanks to the island’s mild climate and rich, fertile earth. Since Jersey Royals have a ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ status, they can only be grown using carefully controlled, traditional methods, with crops planted and harvested by hand, and seaweed used as a fertiliser.
They’re delicious simply steamed and dressed with soft herbs (mint, dill and parsley work well) and butter, or in the tasty ideas below.
Showcase brilliant British Jersey Royals in this Swedish-inspired recipe, where the potatoes are thinly sliced, allowing for more surface area so that they go super crispy and golden.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6. Slice 400g Jersey Royals thinly, but not all the way through, at about 3mm intervals. Place in a baking tin over the hob and add 5 tbsp of olive oil and 45g butter, then turn up the heat until it melts. Toss the potatoes in the fat, spooning it over. Sprinkle with salt, add a handful of fresh rosemary and bake for around 40-50 minutes until golden brown. Finish with flaky sea salt.
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