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Nanna’s Minted New Potatoes

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This recipe for minted new potatoes is a recipe from my nanna that is simple, easy and something I never get tired of. It’s the best way to enjoy new potatoes because it really allows the true potato flavour to shine.

Boiled new potatoes with butter and mint.

Where Did Minted New Potatoes Come From?

My British nanna (that’s what Brits call grandmothers in case you didn’t know) has always been passionate about food and got me hooked at a young age.

When she and my grandpa left England for a new life in Canada they brought with them a few recipes that reminded them of home.  Traditionally this recipe would use jersey potatoes which are smaller potatoes ready in May that used to be fertilized with seaweed.

This gave the spuds a delicious and unique flavour but unfortunately is not practiced anymore.

But of course we can still enjoy the tradition by using local new potatoes with the same flavour.

Minted New Potatoes

Potatoes go so well with just about any fresh herb added at the end. Although mint might not be something you would normally put with potatoes, it adds an incredible freshness that goes great with newly harvested potatoes.

Potatoes Are Healthier than You Think

Potatoes, when eaten with the skins are healthier than white rice, and flour because they are less refined. They also contain vitamin C naturally which rice and wheat do not.

Raw new potatoes on a board.

Netherlands and Future Farming

The Dutch are actually the biggest exporter of potatoes in the world with a surprisingly small land mass. This is because of the immense amount of research that has gone into sustainable potato farming in the Netherlands. The Dutch have become world leaders in agricultural innovation, pioneering new paths to fight hunger.

Boiled new potatoes with butter and mint.
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Nanna’s Minted New Potatoes

A recipe passed down from my Nanna that makes the most of new potatoes. Minted new potatoes with only butter, fresh mint and sea salt added.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 211kcal
Cost $4/ 3€


  • 800 g new potatoes or enough to fill a pot
  • 100 g butter you can definitely add less if you like
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 sprinkle maldon sea salt
  • 1 sprinkle freshly cracked black pepper


  • First, give the potatoes a little scrub in cold water to remove any leftover dirt. Don't scrub too hard or you will remove all the skin.
  • Cover the potatoes with cold water and add the salt and garlic. Put a lid on and bring to a boil. Once boiled, turn down to a simmer and cook for about 10-15 minutes or until completely soft when poked with a knife.
    Cooking the potatoes with garlic and salt.
  • Drain the potatoes and discard the garlic. Add the butter, black pepper and a few leaves of fresh mint. Mix gently with a spoon.
    Boiled new potatoes with butter and mint.
  • Serve in a big bowl or plate. Garnish with a nice sprinkling of crunchy Maldon sea salt and fresh sprigs of mint. Enjoy!
    The finished new potatoes on a plate.


Always cook root vegetables with cold water first. This helps to keep their nice shape after cooking.


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1786mg | Potassium: 1086mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg
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