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The Ultimate Wood Fired Roast Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 1kg Red Desiree or Maris Piper Potatoes
  • 2tbsp Table Salt
  • 3tbsp Duck or Goose Fat
  • 1 ½ Tsp Maldon Sea Salt

Method

Firstly fire up your oven to its optimum temperature, maintaining the temperature at 220-260°c. There’s no right or wrong temp, the potatoes will be lovely and light and crispy at any temperature between 220 and 260°c- just be a bit more careful if you brave the higher temperatures!!

Peel and cut the potatoes into equal size roast potatoes, cover with cold water and add the table salt in the saucepan. Bring the pan to the boil, and once boiling, reduce the heat ever so slightly and cook for around 20minutes or until the potatoes begin to fall apart- not too much, but enough so you can rough up the edges with a spoon.

Drain the potatoes into a colander and shake them vigorously to rough up the edges- these rough edges are what will give you the crispiness as the potatoes roast!

Next, put the roughed up part boiled potatoes on a tray and (as long as it’s not raining!) pop them outside to cool as quickly as possible- this will also aid the crispiness!

Allow the potatoes to cool for around 25minutes, then heat the duck or goose fat in a roasting tray in the oven with the door on.

Once the fat is just beginning to smoke, sprinkle over the sea salt, and carefully add the potatoes. Shake around to evenly coat the potatoes and pop in your wood fired oven for around thirty minutes with the door on, checking occasionally. Viola! There you have it- the ultimate wood fired roast potatoes!

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Butternut Squash, Sage and Mascarpone Pithivier

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Vegetarians will be super happy with one of these squash pithiviers. The pastry is stunning in the wood fired oven, and you can make them a couple of days in advance, keeping them in the fridge ready for the big day. But be warned! They’re so good the meat eaters may get food envy and want one too.

Ingredients

  • 6tbsp Mascarpone
  • 1tbsp Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Clove garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp Chopped Rosemary
  • 1tbsp Chopped Sage, plus extra sage leaves for decorating
  • 150g Puff Pastry
  • 1tbsp Wholegrain Mustard
  • ½ A Small Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Method
To begin, fire up your wood fired oven to its optimum temperature and leave to cool until it reaches 200-220°c.

Now you can move onto the filling, by mixing together the mascarpone, breadcrumbs, garlic, and chopped sage and season well.

Toss the sliced squash in a little olive oil with the chopped rosemary and season.

Split the puff pastry almost in half- with one lump slightly bigger than the other- and roll out the smaller ball on a floured surface into a circle.

Rub the rolled out puff pastry with the wholegrain mustard leaving a 1-2cm gap around the edge.

Arrange a few of the squash slices overlapping to cover the mustard.

Top the squash with a spreading of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat, making slightly smaller circles with the squash each time, and spreading mascarpone between each layer until the top is just one slice of squash and you have created a dome shape on top of the pastry.

Roll out the slightly larger ball of pastry on a floured surface, and carefully cover the squash dome.

Seal the edges tightly, and brush all over with the egg yolk. Dip a few sage leaves in the remaining egg yolk and stick to the top of the dome.

Poke a small steam hole in the top of the dome and bake in your wood fired oven for 30-35 minutes. We guarantee it will be everyone’s new favourite!

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