There are couple of things a lot more delightful, comforting or easy to make than a fantastic dollop of buttery, smooth mashed potatoes!
Incredible roast veg
Roasting your veg in a wood-fired oven gives them the most remarkable, crispy, slightly chewy texture – but if you do not have one particular do not be concerned, a typical oven is excellent also!
As nicely as getting the ultimate comfort foods, mashed potatoes can also be jazzed up into anything actually specific. They’re a super-versatile substitute to roast potatoes for your Christmas dinner , and have the added benefit of soaking up all these wonderful meat juices and gravy.
CLEVER FLAVOUR TWISTS
Give your spuds a bit of heat with a grating of fresh horseradish or a spoonful of wholegrain mustard. Or, for something a tiny a lot more decadent, grate mature Cheddar cheese into the mash, location in a ovenproof dish and bake in a sizzling oven for five to 10 minutes, till it goes deliciously crispy and oozy.
You’ll need to have:
2kg Maris Piper potatoes
50g unsalted butter
- Peel the potatoes, chopping any larger ones so they’re all a related dimension.
- Cook in a large pan of boiling salted water over a medium heat for 15 to twenty minutes, or until finally tender.
- Drain in a colander and depart to steam dry for a couple of minutes, then tip back into the pan and mash nicely.
- When the potatoes are nearly smooth, include half the butter, the milk and a excellent pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
- Mash again till smooth, adding a splash far more milk to loosen, if necessary, then taste and change the seasoning, if required.
- Spoon into a warm serving dish and dot the remaining butter above the best.
Have entertaining serving up your mash. Put it all into a big bowl for the table, smooth the edges utilizing a palette knife so that it has a conical stage in the middle – then generate a spiral form around the sides. Check out out Jamie’s recipe for Clapshot in J amie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook , on sale now, for a lot more styling inspiration.
STORING & FREEZING MASH
Mashed potatoes will preserve for two to 3 days in the fridge, or you can freeze them in an airtight container. To defrost, allow the mash to come up to space temperature then location in a heatproof bowl, cover with tin foil and spot more than a pan of extremely gently simmering water until sizzling all the way by means of. (See far more clever suggestions for freezing foods.)
LEFTOVER MASHED POTATOES
You can do loads of tasty things with leftover mash. Potato cakes are a fantastic choice: mix day-outdated mash with blanched greens and a handful of chopped fresh herbs, shape into patties and pan-fry in a little oil until finally crisp and golden. Serve topped with a poached egg and smoked salmon for a quick-fix brunch.
Or why not mix mash with some grated cheese and spring onions, then bake in a hot oven for a gooey cheese and onion side dish?
For a lot more festive potato recipes, check out our guide to creating roast potatoes with sage & orange. And make certain you pick up a copy of Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook, on sale now – it has a complete chapter devoted to potatoes. Last but not least, consider a seem at our Christmas hub for additional inspiration, for every thing from cocktails and edible presents, to particular diet plan recipes and tasty leftovers.