By French Tart on September 24, 2007
Photo by French Tart
Photo by French Tart
"This is such a wonderful and traditional English recipe for Hallowe'en - All Hallow's Eve! It was a dish traditionally served to unmarried guests with a ring hidden inside. Whoever found the ring would be the next one to be married! This delicious mashed potato has nine ingredients in it - hence its name. Serve it as a supper dish by itself, or as an accompaniment to bangers/sausages, for a comforting Autumn supper dish! For those whom may be interested, a brief history on the origins of Hallowe'en: In ancient Britain this date was the pre-Christian eve of the New Year and Celtic Harvest Festival, when the souls of the dead were thought to revisit their homes to eat and drink. People left refreshments on the table and unlocked their doors before retiring for the night, then bells were rung, fires lit to guide the returning souls back to earth and animals were brought in for the winter. After Hallowe'en became a Christian festival, supernatural associations continued to thrive. It was believed that witches were abroad and that it was possible for certain people to perform magic and summon up spirits. Hallowe'en was once a time for making mischief - many parts of England still recognise this date as Mischief Night - when children would knock on doors demanding a treat (Trick or Treat) and people would disguise themselves as witches, ghosts, kelpies and spunkies, in order to obtain food and money from nervous householders. In certain parts of England youths still play pranks on their neighbours by hiding garden ornaments, whitewashing walls and ringing doorbells in the dead of night."
Serving Size: 1 (368 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"I love Mash O Nine sorts. I have made it for Halloween every year for the past 8 years or so since I learned about it. <br/><br/>I will say there are a couple variations on this recipe that enjoy. Rather than Cheddar, some variations call for peas, added in after the mashing of the other ingredients. This version doesn't call for any additional baking. Nice sweet frozen peas work well unless you've got access to fresh ones, but don't use ones in pods. It throws off the texture of the dish too much. I enjoy this version of the recipe much more because I think that the cheddar clashes a bit with the sweet vegetable tastes. Either you use too mild a cheddar and you can't really taste it, or you use a sharper one and it masks some of the veggie flavors. I have tried both versions more than once but now I stick with the peas instead of cheese.<br/><br/>Also, I don't peel any of my vegetables except for the parsnips. I prefer the texture of the skins from the potatoes (I use gold ones) and turnips. It gives a little something to chew on. I am notoriously bored by mushy foods after a few bites if there isn't something to alter the texture just a bit. <br/><br/>Great recipe though. The proportions are just right. I love having this on Halloween!"
"Very nice. And even better the next day. Didn't have a turnip, so subbed a second parsnip. And subbed scallions for the leek. Easy, flexible, and pretty. thanks for sharing."
"Absolutely delicious. We ate it with meatballs and tomato sauce. It was my first time cooking with either turnips or parsnips, and I was greatly pleased with the results."
"I have saved this is my cookbooks...I haven't tried it yet but I just thought the story behind it and you taking the time to share it made me want to try it even more than just how good it sounds!!"
"I doubled this recipe for a party. It turned out great! I have never eaten or cooked with a Turnip or Parsnip they're both very interesting veggies. The Parsnip reminded me of a spicy carrot and the Turnip reminded me of a mix between an onion and a carrot it even made my eyes water when I peeled it!! I couldn't figure out why it tasted like it had butter in it when I tasted it at the only veggies stage. We decided it was the Turnip giving it that taste! Wow! Very Nice thank you :-):update: I took this and made patties then fried them until crispy in hot oil. Wow! Make extra you're going to want to do it too."
"This was delicious, although next time I may add some more seasonings. I'm giving 5 stars because the next day we reheated the leftovers and added bacon, cream, and broth for a wonderful soup. We rarely eat leftovers, so getting two meals out of this was awesome. I am putting in my Favorites. Thank you!"
"Made this for lunch today with a salad. Missed out the turnip and parsnip as didn't have any and roughly halved the recipe. It still tasted really good, the whole family really enjoyed it! Will definitely make this again, and look forward to adding parsips and turnips when they come into season :-9"
"This was so yummy! I made it to go with some Bratwurst that my husband was grilling. Even my kids loved it (5 and 3) I would say it could easily serve 6 people, because we ended up with some leftovers. Thanks for posting such an awesome and easy recipe!"