Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
A very different mashed potato. How my mum used to do it when I was a kid. Sweet and herby, goes great with poultry or fish (probably pork too), with mustard and pickles. Herbs can be varied to suit what you're serving it with.
- 300 g potatoes, Cubed
- 2 cooking apples or 3 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil or 2 teaspoons butter
- oregano or basil or marjoram or parsley or ginger or nutmeg or clove, to taste
- lemon juice (optional) or lime juice (optional) or vinegar, to taste (optional)
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
- paprika, to taste (optional)
- table salt, to taste (optional)
- garlic granules, to taste (optional)
- Wash the potatoes and peel if preferred. Mum did, I don't. I think they're much nicer unpeeled. All the vitamin C is in the peel.
- Cube potatoes and boil until soft - about 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place apples and a little water into a microwaveable bowl and microwave for a couple of minutes until soft. Alternatively boil apples and a little water in a saucepan.
- When potatoes are cooked, drain, return to saucepan and add butter or oil.
- Mash potatoes, removing all lumps.
- Mash softened apples slightly with a fork and stir into mashed potato.
- Add chosen herb or herbs. My personal favourite is sprinkles of oregano and basil plus a pinch of garlic powder or onion seeds. Was unable to add Chinese 5-Spice when entering ingredients for some reason, but that can be nice too sometimes, especially with fish.
- Return pan of mashed potatoes to stove and heat gently for a couple of minutes to warm them back up again and serve.
- Sometimes a little milk can be good in with this when re-heating after the mashing. Once more it kind of depends what you're serving it with.
This was great. I used fresh Oregano and Basil and it was a lovely combination. I think the problem Kumquat had with the apples being too firm might be due to using eating apples rather than cookers. I used Bramley apples, and the texture and flavour were fantastic.
This recipe has great potential and with a bit of tweaking deserves 5 stars. I boiled the apples with the potatoes for about 3-4 minutes but they were not yet soft or mashable. The potatoes mashed fine though. I used 3 granny smith apples and 1 large potato but I would change that to 2 apples and 2 potatoes. Be sure to cut the apples into thin, small pieces to be incorporated with the mashed potatoes (had I sliced them thinner they may have softened better, but recipe did not specify). I used butter, oregano, basil, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper to flavor and I mixed in about 1/3 cup low fat cheddar (grated) because I thought it would go well with the apple and herbs, which it did very well:D Thanks for the recipe, I will try this again!