6 ways to make the most of the Jersey Royals season

27th Apr 19 | Lifestyle

These are some seriously special potatoes.

Pyramid heap of unwashed new potatoes isolated on white.

While you might be happy with your standard baked potato, true potato aficionados will know that the season for some of the greatest to be unearthed, is now: It’s time for Jersey Royals.

These creamy, flavourful potatoes have been carefully grown in the Channel Islands for more than 140 years, and the first of this year’s golden batch are now available.

Here are six ways to enjoy them (although we’d totally just recommend a good knob of butter and some salt and pepper)…

1. Roasted Jersey Royals with chorizo and coriander

Roasted potatoes, spicy Spanish chorizo and a handful of fresh coriander – it’s super simple and packed full of flavour.

2. Warm halloumi salad with griddled Jersey Royals

Jersey Royals can be eaten hot or cold, and they work particularly well in salads. Griddle a few with halloumi, top with basil pesto and fresh spring pea shoots and you’re basically set for spring and summer.

3. Jersey Royal brownie with peanut butter and salted caramel

Might sound a bit weird, but it totally works. The butteriness of the potatoes brings lightness and sweetness, and you can’t go wrong with chocolate.

4. Vegan black bean and Jersey Royal tacos

Plant-based and insta-friendly, these lettuce tacos stuffed with Jersey Royals, your favourite veggies, some black beans, avocado and edible flowers make for a fun and colourful supper. Don’t forget the chipotle!

5. Wild garlic and Jersey Royal tart

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🌱WILD GARLIC AND JERSEY ROYAL TART 🥔 I came home from Yorkshire to a bag of still muddy @jerseyroyals – most of you will know by now how much I bang on about these potatoes. They are just my favourite thing – so different to normal potatoes in texture and flavour with delicate, creamy, mineral tasting flesh. Putting them in an tart is one of my favourite ways to use them and here they are paired with buttered, wilted wild garlic, broad beans and a little bit of crumbled feta. I ate half of this last night, and plan on having the rest for breakfast and lunch. Recipe link in biog. I used shop bought shortcrust pastry because I had a bit that needed using, but any short, savoury pastry would be nice. 📸 and food styling by me, props by @toast and @sytchfarmstudio #seasonal #eattheseasons #springrecipes #wildgarlic #wildgarlicrecipes #jerseyroyalrecipes #jerseyroyals #tartrecipes #pastry #thebakefeed

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As the creator of this yummy creation, food writer Rosie Birkett says this recipe is a celebration of spring. The creamy, earthy taste of the Jersey Royals works deliciously with buttered wild garlic and crumbly feta.

6. Spiced Jersey Royals with curry leaves

Nicely spiced but not too hot, these Indian style potatoes can be served on their own with plain yoghurt, or paired with roasted chicken thighs.

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