Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Miracle Mash

As in "It's a miracle I got away with it."  My kids are enjoying mashed potato so much more since we've had the TMX and I cook it in milk.  But,  what about hiding vegies in it?  Can I get away with it?  YES!! 

Let me be clear here.  I don't actually lie to my kids about this.  I will tell them I've made it differently and they have learned over the years that it could be a good thing or a bad thing and it's worth giving it a try.  And I appreciate them trying and they do not have to like it.  I sure don't like every food that could possibly be dished up to me.  But!  I digress...

I have done this twice in recent days, with different recipes:

Ingredients:
  • Enough potato for your family  -  I do 1 medium potato per person; as I peel and chop it I chuck it into the TMX to weigh it and then I add milk equal to approx 1/4 of that weight.  (So, to 400g potato, add 100g milk)
  • Milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • knob of butter
  • 1  leek, chopped
  • 1/2 zucchini,  peeled and roughly chopped

Ingredients:
  • Enough potato for your family
  • Milk
  • 5 brussel sprouts, very finely sliced
  • 1/8 cabbage, very finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • Pinch salt
  • knob of butter
Method:
  • In either recipe, saute leek or garlic first and leave in TMX
  • Add (and weigh) potato and milk and cook for 20 minutes on 100degC on speed 2, measuring cup in place
  • After 10 minutes have elapsed,  add other vegies through the top and put MC back
  • Check that it is properly cooked,  add butter and salt
  • Close lid and mash/puree by slowly turning up speed to about speed 6-7 for about 10-20 seconds.  (This depends on the potatoes, amount of liquid etc You should just keep an eye on it)
Serve with any dish you serve regular mashed potato.

Verdict:
Luckily, my kids generally trust me... which isn't to say they're not plain contrary at times,  but if they're being perfectly reasonable, they'll have a go at it.  This disappeared from all the plates tonight.

Tweeks:
I'm sure we can do this with various combinations of vegies.  I'll try to add any I do in the future.
ETA:  I've now also added Choko, Swede, Sweet potato....  Just go for it!!

Left overs:
Last week I had lots of left over Miracle Mash as I just made too much.  Mr frillypants had the great idea of baking it in a Mr Whippy type shape, but I completely misunderstood his reference to the piping machine (our cookie press) and piped long, fancy 'chips'.  I sprayed them with a little oil and baked them in a moderate oven until browned and the kids loved eating these 'chips'.  Quite funny really.

2 comments:

  1. The first one worked a treat, pity about not cleaning under my blades after making red playdoh though!! Lesson learned!

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