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This is a great and tasty side and makes a nice elegant potato dish.  They are easy to make and just take a small amount of preparation.  It is worth it when you see the result.

We made them to serve with a nice oven baked steak and it worked really well.

All prepped and ready to go into the oven:IMG_9621

Serves 2


2 large potatoes
2½ teaspoons whole black peppercorns
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of salt


Heat oven to 200C / 400F
The potato must be sliced into 3mm slices but only 3/4 of the way through.  To help with this process we used a skewer to prevent slicing all the way through
Repeat with all the potatoes
Roughly grind the peppercorns with a pestle and mortar.  We mixed in 3 different kinds of peppercorns (regular black pepper, pink peppercorns and penya peppercorns) to make it interesting.
Melt the butter and oil in a roasting tin
Once sizzling, add the potatoes
Toss well so that all the potatoes get coated in the fat, then season well with salt and three quarters of the freshly ground pepper
Roast on the bottom shelf of the oven for 1 hr-1 hr 15 minutess until golden and tender
Scatter over the remaining pepper to serve