Saturday, May 26, 2012

Roasted Tom Thumb Kipflers

Simona from Briciole is once again very kindly hosting both the English and Italian edition of Weekend Herb Blogging and this week I've turned my attention to these tiny Tom Thumb Kipfler potatoes.

Tom Thumb Kipfler© by Haalo

Kipfler are a waxy potato which makes them suitable for boiling and roasting but not for mashing or frying - they are one of my favourite varieties to use in salads.

As I'm already a fan, it's not surprising that I was attracted to these tiny kipflers - they are, much like the fairytale for which they are named, not even as big as a thumb, some of them are not much bigger than a fingertip.

With their small size, they seem made for roasting - which is exactly the route I've taken. A heaping bowl of these little beauties make a stunning accompaniment to any roast.

Roasted Tom Thumb Kipflers© by Haalo

Roasted Tom Thumb Kipflers with Garlic and Herbs

1kg tom thumb kipflers, washed and dried
1 head garlic
fresh thyme, rosemary and sage
sea salt
ground white pepper
olive oil

I like to cook these in one layer - so make sure you have an oven-proof dish or baking tray large enough to take them.

Place the kipflers into your oven dish - break the head of garlic into its individual cloves (leaving them in their skin) and toss them over the kipflers. Sprinkle over with sprigs of thyme, rosemary and sage and a large pinch of ground white pepper. Drizzle over a little olive oil and then toss all the ingredients so that they are just lightly glazed in oil. Finish off with a generously sprinkling of sea salt.

Bake in a pre-heated 160°C oven until lightly golden and cooked through - these took about 2 hours. Cooking low and slow allows the skin to somewhat dehydrated, giving you a satisfying pop when you bite into them.

Serve the potatoes with the garlic gloves - you'll find that you'll be able to squeeze the garlic from its skin - giving you a bonus treat of a mellow roasted garlic puree.


  1. I am always amazed at the many different kinds of potatoes there, each one with its own personality. I am also attracted to tiny potatoes. Last year I actually harvested some from my little garden and this year I planted more: harvesting potatoes is a bit like being in a fairy tale: you dig for them as for a treasure. Thank you!

    1. Thank you Simona for hosting - nothing beats potatoes you grow yourself!


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