In celebration of National Potato Day (26 January) I took the opportunity try out the new Oxo Adjustable Potato Ricer. It has a dial which turns and clicks into 3 different patterns allowing you to mash on a fine, medium or course setting. Of course you can mash more than just potato in it and it’s perfect for making baby food too. The medium setting is also good for squeezing water out of your greens so I know where my cooked spinach is going now! There is also a handy notch on the ricer which allows you to rest it over a bowl whilst you plunge the lever. What’s more you can put it on the top rack of your dishwasher to clean it.
I’ve often seen potato ricers being used on TV and have been rather envious as I’ve never used one let alone owned one. This one was really cool as you have the option of choosing how fine you want your mash. My potatoes were cold, firm and waxy so I did need all my strength to squeeze the ricer, I’m sure with floury warm potatoes it would have been a lot easier! (Update I have now riced floury potatoes and it took one hand and no effort at all they just glided through!) I so wish I’d had one of these when I was making baby food for my children! I am going to enjoy experimenting with my ricer over the coming weeks as I think it could be used in so many ways. (I have just put boiled eggs through the course setting which was effortless and it’s made the most lovely fluffy egg mayonnaise sandwiches for our lunch, as I thought it would!) Next on my hit list are chickpeas for hummus making!
I decided to make a Potato Scone based on a recipe from here but wanted something a lot tastier so gave the whole recipe a makeover by adding some mature Cheddar, home cooked ham and wholegrain mustard! It was very tasty and delicious split and buttered whilst still warm but can also be eaten cold. This scone would be great as a snack, for lunch or great with a bowl of soup! We also enjoyed it toasted the next day.
So in honour of National Potato Day I’m giving you the chance to win an Oxo Adjustable Potato Ricer as well as a top quality Mermaid Hard Anodised Aluminium Baking Sheet (30cm/12”) so that you too can bake this delicious scone to perfection!
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As this recipe is totally made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/Luv “Made with Love Mondays” challenge.
- 225g / 8 oz Self-raising flour
- 1 ½ tsp Baking powder
- 2 pinches salt
- 30g / 1 oz Butter
- 1 tsp Wholegrain mustard
- 75g / 3 oz Mature Cheddar, grated
- 75g / 3 oz Ham, diced
- 4 tbsp Milk or more
- 170g / 6 oz Cold cooked potatoes
- To finish:
- Milk or beaten egg to glaze
- Pre-heat the oven to 220°C.
- Mash or rice your potatoes in a medium sized bowl.
- Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into another bowl.
- Rub the butter in until the texture of fine breadcrumbs.
- In the bowl containing the mash stir in the milk and mustard.
- Then add the grated cheese and ham.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix with a fork, adding more milk if necessary. (I needed 4 more tbsp).
- Knead lightly on a floured surface for a few seconds until smooth.
- Roll the dough out to 18 cm (7”) circle.
- Put on a greased baking sheet and mark into 6 wedges with a sharp knife.
- Brush with milk or egg wash.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Serve warm or cold.
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