Sun drenched hidden coves, sweeping landscapes and fresh, flavourful food – Cyprus offers all the ingredents for romance. The rugged mediterranean island will always have a special place in my heart, as it’s where I got married.
So, when I heard Tesco were looking for new recipes using their Cypriot new potatoes, I knew I wanted to create a recipe inspired by one of the traditional dishes we enjoyed at our wedding. A recipe that you could prepare for your loved one on Valentine’s Day and equally serve as a family meal, packed with all the flavours and feelings of Cyprus.
The great thing about these potatoes is that they are in season now so you can bring a splash of sunshine to those grey dreary days. Even better, they don’t need peeling (one of my most loathed kitchen jobs!) and are easy to get crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle.
Red wine potatoes are a staple local dish in Cyprus and were a delicious part of our wedding buffet. They are a perfect accompaniment to any meat dish and make the humble potato the star of the show. I have added lamb chops, olives and rosemary to make a wonderfully warming and easy one pot dinner.
This meal makes a lovely Valentine’s day dish, served with a good glass of red wine, or could equally be a midweek meal or in place of a Sunday roast. It is versatile, packed with rich, deep flavour and so simple to make.
- 500g potatoes
- 60ml olive oil
- 120ml red wine
- 2 lamb chops
- 75g olives
- 2 rosemary sprigs
- Wash the potatoes and slit across the middle both ways.
- Place in an overproof dish with olive oil and half the wine.
- Cook, uncovered, for 30mins at 180c.
- Add the remianing wine, lamb chops, olives and rosemary and return to the oven for 15mins.
- Serve to the one you love with a good glass of wine, and enjoy!
This is my entry to the #CypriotNewPotatoes challenge on Foodies100 with Tesco. I was provided with a voucher by Tesco to purchase the ingredients. The potatoes are available in stores nationwide.