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

READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Millereg

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.

Top Review by Deborah1

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!

Ingredients Nutrition


  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).

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