1.2 kgbaby Nicola or cream delight potatoes3thyme sprigs1garlic clove, bruised1fresh bay leaf100 gmhay (see note)To serve:melted butter
Combine potatoes, thyme, garlic and bay leaf in a saucepan with enough salted cold water to cover generously, bring to the boil, reduce heat to low-medium and simmer until just tender when pierced with a skewer (25-30 minutes). Drain and set aside.
Spread hay in the base of a foil-lined casserole or large saucepan (smoking may stain the casserole) and place a round wire rack on top of the hay. Spread potatoes on rack, cover with a lid and place casserole over high heat until hay starts to smoke (3-4 minutes). Reduce heat to low and smoke until potatoes are tender and well flavoured (30 minutes). Serve hot, drizzled with melted butter and seasoned to taste.