Herby Apple Mashed Potato

Total Time
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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. 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.
  2. Cube potatoes and boil until soft - about 8 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. When potatoes are cooked, drain, return to saucepan and add butter or oil.
  5. Mash potatoes, removing all lumps.
  6. Mash softened apples slightly with a fork and stir into mashed potato.
  7. 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.
  8. Return pan of mashed potatoes to stove and heat gently for a couple of minutes to warm them back up again and serve.
  9. 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.
  10. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

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.

SugaredAlmond October 29, 2006

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!

Kumquat the Cat's friend February 01, 2006