This recipe makes approx. 4-8 servings
8 baked potatoes, about 1/2 each, peeled and halved lengthwise
1/4 cup of olive oil
8 garlic cloves, unpeeled
12 thyme sprigs
Place the potatoes cut-side down. Using a sharp knife make cuts at 1/4 inch intervals along the length of each potato almost through to the base, just leaving a hinge to hold them together.
Heat the oil in a roasting pan in a preheated oven, 400 F, until hot. Add the potatoes to the pan and spoon the oil evenly over each one. Roast potatoes for 30 mins. Baste well and sprinkle with a small amount of salt.
Add the garlic and thyme and cook for an additional 30 mins. or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy; the cuts will open out a little to create a fantail shape from which this recipe derives its' name.