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Mashed potatoes infused with basil and rape seed oil recipe

basil infused mashed potatoPotatoes are important to Danny. Not just having some on the plate. They have to be the right variety. When he talks about potatoes it’s like a man describing a tribe of much loved children. And then there are the best ways of cooking them.
“Creamed potatoes need lashings of cream and butter. That’s why they’re called creamed.”
The milk bottle is silently returned to the fridge.

The urge to create a new potato dish bubbles to the surface every now and then. This can only be attempted when I am cooking and D is closeted in The Rat Room, with a large glass of whisky and a hot keyboard.

The belly of pork recipe that I posted a couple of days ago is a very rich dish. Danny suggested creamed potatoes but I fancied something less detrimental to the figure. I skinned and boiled 450g of potatoes and put them through our potato ricer. This nifty device looks like a giant garlic crusher and removes all lumps easily it also seems to fluff up the potatoes so that adding any extra ingredients is a doddle.

Having checked that D was safely out of the way I added 3 tablespoons of mild rape seed oil and 2 teaspoonfuls of finely chopped basil to the mash. He always uses freshly ground white pepper in mashed potato so I added a good dash of that and a little salt. It tasted good, very fresh and summery. I put the saucepan in a warm spot for ten minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Danny loved them and they balanced the pork perfectly.

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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Pat,

    Adding butter beans got the thumbs up from us both too. I never would have thought of that but hearing about the combo my taste buds are trilling. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Kate,

    I am sorry but our rape seed cooking oil is from the UK. We use a light tasting oil from Northamptonshire and a really mellow oil from Suffolk. Both are excellent and air mile free. However, our olive oil is from Italy. Generally we just use these three.

  3. I also like adding butter beans to the mash along with the lemon. Gives more texture. And some just brown chopped onion. Oooooooohhhhhh now you made me hungry!!!

  4. I love riced potatoes. They were a special treat at Christmas and Canadian Thanksgiving – with turkey.

    Rapeseed is growing here in huge quantities … so perhaps yours came from the Canadian prairies. Much of the rapeseed goes to Japan, but with the quantity grown, I imagine it goes to many other countries as well.

    I think this was much better accompaniment to the BOP which I will end up dreaming about tonight, I suspect! With plums or without … delicious either way!

  5. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Joanna,

    So pleased that you and your butcher are trying our recipe! These pots combine so well with the pork.

    Hi KJ,

    The potato ricer has transformed our lives. D was happy to use the ancient masher, I struggled.

    Hi Pat,

    I ran your suggestions past D and every single one had the thumbs up.  Incredible (even goat’s yoghurt).

  6. Fiona those potatoes sound really yummy!!! Have you tried adding lemon juice?? I know it sounds odd, but it is very nice and a bit of fresh lemon zest too. Especially if you are serving the potatoes with fish. I also use Greek yogurt with my mash as it gives it a nice tang. Hmmm definately going to have to try this combo though.

  7. This looks delicious. I have a potato ricer and I love it. I agree, the mash comes out so lovely and light and fluffy.

  8. Potatoes are hugely important to my husband, too. I was pleased to read this, because we’re going to have your pork at the weekend, when I’ve got a houseful, and to use up the glut of Victoria plums in the garden. And I told the butcher, and he’s going to do it too! So thanks for sharing!


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