Fondant potatoes are delicious but quite cheffy to make… I have taken out the chewiness without compromising on any taste. Less fiddling and a delicious, stress-free side-dish!!
45ml vegetable oil
5 large or 10 medium potatoes
a handful of thyme
250ml chicken/vegetable stock
Preheat your oven to 200℃.
Peel the potatoes and slice off the rounded ends. Now half the potato so that you have 2 cylinders off at least 4cm in height when they stand on a flat/cut side. (not more than 5cm)
Place a cast iron pan on medium-high heat and add the vegetable oil.
Arrange the potatoes, flat side down in the pan and cook until golden – about 6 minutes.
Flip them around onto the other flat side and brown this side as well – about 6 minutes.
Add the butter to the pan and allow to melt.
Add the thyme (be careful it will spit!) and baste the potato with the butter.
Pore the stock around the potatoes and season with salt and pepper.
Place a lid on the pan and bake in the oven for 35 minutes.
Check that the potatoes are tender by inserting a sharp knife – if not, bake another 5 minutes.
Sprinkle with salt and fresh sprigs of thyme and serve immediately.