Wallpaper potatoes for two
( SERVES 2 )
When there are just two of us sharing a double-thick sirloin steak, I sometimes make what I call wallpaper potatoes, because the overlapping paper-thin slices of potato stick together into a golden dappled sheet when roasted on a baking tray. You need floury potatoes, a gadget to slice the potatoes very thinly and an oven that has a fanbake function so that the "wallpaper" cooks evenly. Because you need to use one baking tray for each serving, there isn't room in the oven to make this for more than two, or perhaps three, people.
- Preheat the oven to 210C, fanbake. Peel the potatoes and slice very thinly, using a mandolin or V-slicer. Put the potato slices in a bowl and use your hands to massage each slice with the oil so that all are lightly coated.
- Line 2 baking trays with a silicone baking cloth or baking paper and place half the potato slices on each tray. Use your hands to spread the potato slices out so that they overlap like unruly fish scales, but are not more than 1 or 2 layers thick.
- Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes until the potatoes are dappled with golden-brown patches. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with salt. Crumple or fold each sheet of potato wallpaper and place one on each dinner plate. Serve immediately