Clapshot (An Orcadian Potato and Yellow Turnip/ Swede/ Rutabaga

Total Time
45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

While attending Edinburgh University years ago, I had a flatmate from the Orkney Islans. He cooked this stuff fairly often because it was dirt cheap to make. Now I cook it because most new dinner guests have never even heard of it, never mind eaten it.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Peel the potatoes and turnip.
  2. Cut both into roughly the same size pieces.
  3. Put into a deep pan with the onion.
  4. Add boiling water to cover and simmer gently until the ingredients are just soft.
  5. Drain off the cooking liquid.
  6. Mash everything thoroughly, adding chives and enough milk and butter to make a light consistency.
  7. Season well with salt and pepper.
  8. Serve with a nice sharp cheese as a meal, or as a side dish with a stew or meat.
  9. (We used to fry the leftovers and serve with fried tomatoes and bacon for breakfast).
Most Helpful

5 5

Excellent. A very simple, tasty side dish. I didn't drain mine well enough, so I didn't have the consistency needed to fry the leftovers as was suggested(but they reheated well anyway). Oh well, I'm sure I'll get it right in the future, as I plan to make this often. Thanks for another winner!

5 5

Made this last night and the kids couldn't tell there was turnip in their mashed potatoes!!!! I served it with pork chops and it was a big hit!!

I usually serve up haggis with my mashed potatoes and turnip separate, but I tried this instead and of course it went just as well. It goes well with fried eggs and baked beans too!