Smashed potatoes were a huge viral hit recently and we were just dying to try it out with our delicious new potatoes. Needless to say they did not disappoint, they turned out so wonderfully golden and crispy right round the jagged edges. They are amazing to eat as they are but we thought we’d whip up a quick pesto to celebrate our spuds even more!
Grab the kale in your veg box for this tasty pesto. Blend it and taste it and add extra salt and lemon juice if needed.
Step 1: Wash the potatoes but no need to peel them. Steam or boil them for roughly 30 minutes, until they are cooked through. Let them cool for 15 minutes.
Step 2: Preheat the oven 200ºC, line a large baking tray with parchment paper (or 2 smaller trays) Once cooled place one potato on the baking tray, use a shape knife to mark an X on top. Then use a glass with a wide flat bottom and push down on the potato to smash it. Carefully lift the glass off. Repeat with the other potatoes.
Step 3: Drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until golden and crisp around the edges.
Step 4: In the meantime add all the pesto ingredients to a powerful blender. Blend until combined, if it’s very thick add more oil. Taste and add more salt if needed.
Step 5: Dip the smashed potatoes in the pesto, enjoy!!
Boy do we love our potatoes. Nothing excites us more than finding new ways to cook them. This recipe is a must try before you die…lol!! Buttery, cheesy, big flavour from the garlic and aromatic from the hints of fresh rosemary. They are pretty special.
To get the flavour right to the centre score the potato with a crisscross this makes all the difference.
Our Irish grown Elland potatoes work great for these. We’ve made ours in the air fryer for speed and convenience but you could cook them in the oven too, they might take a bit longer.
Step 1: Air fryer method: Begin by washing and cutting the potatoes in half. Then with a small sharp knife score a crisscross on each half of the potato.
Step 2: Melt the butter in the microwave or small pot. Pour it into the air fryer basket toss in the crushed garlic cloves, add 1/2 of the grated parmesan and give it a stir. Place the potatoes cut side now on into the basket. Air fry at 200ºC for 20 minutes.
Step 3: Take out the garlic cloves and discard. using a spoon carefully turn the potatoes and season with salt and pepper, add the remaining parmesan and sprinkle over the chopped rosemary. Air fry for a further 10 minutes.
Oven method: Cook in a preheated oven at 200ºC but use a deep roasting tin. Follow the steps above, if the potatoes are still hard after the cooking time, leave them in the oven for a further 5-10 minutes.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish made with mashed potatoes “spuds” and cabbage or kale. When I was a child we had spuds 7 days a week, to have mash was a treat and to have colcannon with lashings of butter was heaven! This is traditional warming comfort food perfect for an Autumn supper.
You’ll find the purple kale, new potatoes and carrots all in the Irish Farm Box this Sept ’22.
Preheat the oven to 180℃. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Begin by scrubbing the dirt off the potatoes in cold water. Chop into quarters or halves of similar size and steam until cooked through – roughly 40 minutes. You can boil them too if you prefer. (When you cook with organic veg keep the skins on that’s where the nutrients are)
Likewise, scrub the carrots and pat dry. Chop in half lengthwise, toss in oil, salt pepper and lay on the baking tray, sprinkle with the thyme leaves and drizzle with honey.
Roast in the oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
To prepare the kale, wash first in cold water.
Then pick the leaves from the stem and add to a mixing bowl. (Tip: You can reserve the stem and chop finely to add to a stir fry.)
Once all the leaves are picked, take a handful of the kale, roll it up into a tight roll shape and finely chop it into bite sized pieces.
To steam fry the kale.
Warm a wide pot, with a lid, on a medium heat.
Add the knob of butter and melt, then add 100ml of water to create steam.
Add all the kale at once, stir and put the lid on the pot.
Give the pot a shake to agitate the kale and wilt it, it will take 3-5 minutes for the kale to soften.
Add a small pinch of salt and mix.
When it’s cooked to your liking, take off the heat and set to one side.
The mashed potatoes.
When the potatoes are fully cooked, tip them into a big pot or bowl.
Heat the milk and butter in a jug in the microwave for 1 minute or on the hob.
Mash the warm potatoes along with the hot milk and butter, add a pinch of salt. The skins may get caught in the masher but keep on mashing until its creamy. Add more hot milk and butter if needed.
Fold in the cooked purple kale, taste to check the seasoning.
Take the carrots from the oven when they are roasted nicely.
To serve, add 3 or 4 carrots to a plate with a big spoon of hot colcannon, top with a knob of butter and a crack of black pepper!!