Tray-baked potatoes

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
An easy-to-prepare alternative to traditional roast potatoes

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:1 hrs
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 202
  • fat 6g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 35g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 1.22g


  • 50g butter, softened
  • 2kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled
  • 1½ l boiling water
  • 1 heaped tbsp Marigold Swiss vegetable bouillon powder


Getting ahead
The potatoes can be prepared 2 hours ahead, up to the point where they go into the oven. Coat well with the stock and butter so that they don’t discolour.


  1. Liberally butter the oven tray. Slice the potatoes using the fine blade of a food processor or a sharp knife, separating slices that have stuck together.

  2. Pour the boiling water into a large pan and whisk in the bouillon powder. Tip in the potatoes, cover, bring to the boil and cook for 2 minutes.

  3. Using a fish slice, transfer the potatoes to the oven tray, letting a little of the stock come along with each batch. Spread the potatoes out evenly in the oven tray. Don’t attempt to overlap layers in a neat fashion, as you would for a gratin – this is a casual, baker’s-style dish. Discard the remaining stock, or use it as a soup base.

  4. Season the potatoes, then slide the tray into the oven for the last 30 minutes of the pork cooking time (or cook separately for 30 minutes in a preheated 170C/Gas 4/fan oven). After 30 minutes, increase the heat to 220C/Gas 7/ fan oven 200C, and cook for 25-35 minutes longer.

  5. Score the potatoes into 8 portions and serve straight from the tray, lifting them out with a fish slice. They won’t look neat but will taste divine.

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