A farmer from Harborough is calling on people to get involved in celebrations for Potato Week, which runs until Sunday.
Kevin Stokes, of Farndon Fields in Harborough, is the potato ambassador for this area .
And for this year’s ‘Potato Week’, he is promoting the maris piper - the most commonly grown potato in the UK.
Kevin said: “Maris Pipers are a classic variety of potato, a consistent all-rounder, making great wedges, chips and especially roasties with that classic crunchy outside and a fluffy middle that we all know and love.”
Kevin Stokes is one of nine farmers across Britain who work to promote the potato.
Mr Stokes has been farming at Farndon Fields since 1983.
Initially, the farm consisted of 140 acres, made up of three acres of potatoes that were sold only in the local area. Now it boasts 550 acres with a thriving farm shop business and more than 50 employees.
He grows six varieties of potatoes as well as vegetables and soft fruit.
Kevin has chosen a recipe for Mediterranean roast chicken using the maris piper to help promote its use.
Created by food expert, author and mum-of-two, Jo Pratt, it is available here:
JO PRATT’S ONE PAN MEDITERRANEAN ROAST CHICKEN, POTATOES AND PEPPERS
This is inspired by Mum’s mid week dinner dish where she roasted a chicken and cooked several trimmings to go with it – tasty, but so time consuming. My version is much simpler using chicken thighs, rather than the whole bird, plus seasonal veg, including Maris Piper potatoes - cooked in one roasting tray. Try it mid-week, or if you have if you have a house full as a simplified Sunday lunch. If you want a slightly less indulgent dish you can leave out the chorizo or lardons, but these do add lovely flavours to the dish.
Feeds a family of 4
Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins
750g Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
150g diced chorizo or bacon lardons
1-2 red, yellow or orange peppers, seeded and cut into wedges
1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
3 carrots cut into chunks
2 stalks rosemary
1.5 tbsp olive oil (2 tbsp olive oil if not using chorizo or lardons)
Juice of 1 lemon
About 20 cherry or baby plum tomatoes
Large handful of green olives, plain or stuffed with pimiento or anchovies (optional)
Pre-heat the oven to 220ºC /fan 200ºC/gas 7 while you prepare your vegetables and chicken.
Pop the potatoes in a shallow microwaveable dish and pour over 2 tbsp water. Cover with cling film, piercing a hole in the top and microwave on high (based on a 750watt microwave) for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile put the chicken, chorizo or lardons (if using), peppers, onion, carrots, rosemary and olive oil in a large roasting tray.
Add the partially cooked potatoes and toss everything together so it is coated in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Squeeze over the lemon juice, season and put in the oven for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes turn everything around in the tray and add the tomatoes (and olives, if using) and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes or until the potatoes are golden and cooked through.