Potato and apple

I know the french for potato is pomme de terre, earth apple, and in Dutch it is aardapple, but I have never thought of mixing potatoes and apples in a dish. I guess if you’re eating pork with apple sauce you might also have potatoes on your plate, but I can’t really imagine mixing and cooking the fruit and the vegetable together. It’s the time of year when Masterchef the Professionals is on, a real favourite show for me. It’s as much about the personality of the different cooks and the way they respond under pressure as it is about the food and the cooking for me. One cook made a dish and had very thins strips of potato and apple, blanched, then rolled up together like a Swiss roll. He fried it in deep butter, but unfortunately for him it wasn’t properly cooked, and didn’t seem to appeal to the judges either… he left the competition, sad for him, but his potato/apple roll intrigued me.

I was looking through some Dutch recipes today and came across another potato/apple combo from Utrecht, a lovely city I visited with our Dutch friends.

Mashed potatoes and apples

  • ½ lb smoked bacon as a piece
  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and cut in pieces
  • ½ lb each of cooking and dessert apples, peeled, cored and cut in pieces
  • 1 oz butter
  • ½ a smoked sausage
  • 1 bay leaf
  •  juniper berries
  • salt and pepper
  1. place bacon, bay leaf and juniper berries in half a pint of water and bring to the boil, simmer for 30 mins
  2. add the potatoes and apple and cook for another 30 mins
  3. while the potatoes and apples are cooking with the bacon, heat the sausage in hot but not boiling water for 15 mins
  4. take the bacon and sausage from their pans and cut into slices
  5. strain and mash the potatoes and apples with the butter (you might like to add more!) season with plenty of pepper and salt if you need it, but it’s probably salty enough having cooked with the bacon
  6. arrange the potato/apple into a mound in a nice dish, and put the bacon and sausage on top – it might be nice to sprinkle some contrasting garnish, chopped herbs or paprika maybe!

My featured image is from Utrecht

 

 

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