Over the weekend I discovered chipotle! My supermarket had a chipotle rub and I just had to try it out!!
A chipotle , or chilpotle, (which comes from the Nahuatl word ‘chilpoctli’ meaning smoked chili) is a smoke-dried jalapeño. It is a chili used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisines.
I used it as a rub on some potatoes, with olive oil, and I then baked them. They were delicious and had a lovely warmth to them.
Here’s what I did:-
I preheated the oven to gas mark 6/200ºC/400ºF/180º fan assisted/fairly hot.
I washed the potatoes and checked for anything that needed to be cut out, such as insect holes. Then, I cut them in half lengthwise. I scored a criss-cross pattern on the flesh side of the potatoes. This looks nice, and also helps the flavouring to penetrate.
I took 3 tablespoons of olive oil, mixed with 1 teaspoon of the chipotle rub, in a bowl, with a little salt and black pepper.
I coated the potatoes in this mixture, rubbing it thoroughly into the skin and flesh.
I lined a baking tray with foil (it helps with the washing up and prevented the potatoes from sticking).
I placed the potatoes, skin side down, on the baking tray and baked for 45 minutes. I them turned them over, and baked for a further 15 minutes at gas mark 7/220ºC/425ºF/190º fan assisted/hot.
The flavouring had nicely permeated right through them, and the skins were deliciously crispy! I shall definitely be making them again!