Traditional English Halloween Supper - Mash O' Nine Sorts

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 1hr 5mins


  • 2
    lbs potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2
    carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1
    small turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1
    large parsnip, peeled and diced
  • 2
    leeks, cleaned and chopped into thin slices, including some of the green tops
  • 6
    ounces mature farmhouse cheddar cheese, grated
  • freshly grated black pepper
  • 2
    tablespoons single cream


  • Pre-heat oven to 350ºF/180ºC.
  • Boil the potatoes, carrots, turnip and parsnip together until soft. Mash them thoroughly with a potato masher or hand held immersion blender, and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Meanwhile, gently poach the leeks in a little water until they just lose their crispness, for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the poached leeks to the potato, carrot, turnip and parsnips, and mix in the cream.
  • Season well to taste, and then stir in the grated cheese, reserving some for the top; don't forget to add the ring before you transfer the entire mixture into a greased oven-proof dish! (If you want to make this in the full traditional manner!).
  • Scatter the reserved cheese on top and bake until golden-brown, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Serve piping hot.
  • P.S. Warn your guests about the ring!