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August 2015

Lemon Butter & Parmesan Roast Potatoes

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She lives!!! That is probably what you are all thinking. Indeed I have rejoined the cyber-land of the living. The reason for my return is because I have teamed up with the Avalanche TuberTek potato guys in their “Perfect Partners” campaign. It all started with a delicious feast at the Avalanche Big Roast lunch at the Griffin, where we were invited to stuff our faces with every conceivable take on cooking potatoes possible. 

So I know that the Paleo-ers out there are all shouting “NOOOO, no potatoes! Carbs! Devil food!” but I am going to say it – I love potatoes. Mashed, roasted, wedged, boiled, fried, baked… They are still a really great gluten-free option, plus they are affordable. So when it gets to the 22nd – 24th of the month and everyone is flat broke and still trying to rustle up a healthy-ish dinner then potatoes are a real win. Follow the #


Let me tell you a little more about Tubertek…

TuberTek, the true potato company, is the exclusive representative in South Africa for Irish Potato Breeders and its varieties. TuberTek’s Head Office is located in Durbanville in the Western Cape of South Africa. Its principal activity is the production, marketing and sale of quality certified seed potatoes.

The TuberTek team are a group of individuals with a passion for the potato industry who do not merely provide seed, but also technical advice and assistance where required.

One of the varieties that they grow in South Africa is the Avalanche. Avalanche is well established as one of the main cultivars in the fresh potato market.

Potato Consumption in SA: 

Potatoes have long been an important and economical source of energy, nutrition and satiety in the South African diet.

Currently, in South Africa, production sits at a staggering 2.18 million tons and consumption per person continues to grow irrespective of the bad reputation potatoes have gleaned over recent years. Without a doubt potatoes are one of South Africa’s most loved food products. Not only are they versatile, quick and easy to prepare but they are full of vitamins, minerals and fibre, making them the perfect addition to a balanced meal.


Avalanche Potatoes

The Avalanche, which has a very uniform, round-oval shape, is a white fleshed potato with a slightly russet skin. Its russet skin is tough, and because of that the potato doesn’t bruise easily, which gives this tuber an excellent shelf-life. The Avalanche is produced deep in the ground, with the result that no greening occurs.

Avalanche potatoes grow well in hot climates, which makes South Africa the perfect place to cultivate these tubers.

They have a distinctive flavour, reminiscent of new potatoes. The principle culinary use of the Avalanche is as a boiling potato. It has a waxy texture that does not disintegrate or discolour when boiled, making it perfect for homemade chips, mash potatoes, roast potatoes and gratins. It’s because of its immense versatility that they are the perfect varietal for all South African households.

Where are Avalanche potatoes available?

Avalanche potatoes are available at all leading retailers in South Africa, including Pick ‘n Pay, Woolworths, Checkers and Food Lover’s Market. They are easily identifiable by a sticker on the packaging which will indicate that they are the Avalanche varietal. (Note that the sticker may be on the bottom on the packaging and not always in full view).

Follow the #avalancheperfectpartners hashtag for more recipes and ideas! And look out for a competition post later today :) :) :)

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Lemon Butter & Parmesan Roast Potatoes
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
  1. 10 medium sized Avalanche potatoes
  2. 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  3. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  4. 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  5. 2 tsp ground salt
  6. 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil or dried basil
  1. Preheat the oven to 220° C
  2. Chop up the potatoes into chunky pieces
  3. Mix the melted butter, lemon juice, salt & basil in a bowl
  4. Toss the potatoes in the butter mixture until evenly coated
  5. Spread evenly on a baking tray
  6. Sprinkle the parmesan over the potatoes and roast for 45 minutes
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