6 November 2014

8 Ideas for Leftover Baked Potatoes plus Fartes de Batatas!

"For me, a plain baked potato is the most delicious one .... It is soothing and enough." 

M.F.K. Fisher

Easy for her to say, she was American and therefore not beset with the Guy Fawkes related problems we Brits suffer. I think there might be a fair few leftover jacket (baked) potatoes about the country today so though I’d post some ideas.

1.   Of course you could just reheat the potatoes, halve and mash the flesh with butter, cheese mayo plus any suitable leftovers (slices of sausage, a little chilli, baked beans etc.) pile back into the shell and bake till lovely!

2.   Cut the potatoes into wedges, dice, slices other shape of your choice and shallow fry till crisp turning occasionally but not too often, they like to sit still to form a crunchy crust.

3.   Cut as above and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, spread in shallow pan and roast in a hot oven till crisp.

4.   Hash Brown-ish Potatoes.

I've seen loads of different versions of hash browns but this one is my favourite and if it is inauthentic I apologise (a bit).

~   Coarsely shred cold jacket potatoes, including the skin if you like, and toss with some salt and pepper.
~   Melt together a mixture of oil and butter in a large frying pan, add the potato and press gently into a loose cake.
~   Cook till the underside is crisp and brown then flip and cook the other side.

5.   Peel and dice the potatoes and reheat gently in a little cream which will absorbed to some extent by the potatoes making them lush, maybe stir in a few cooked onions, bacon, cheese or whatever else you fancy and have leftover.

6.   f you peel the baked potatoes before using don’t discard the skins; deep fry them, either in halves (which you can then serve filled with something interesting such as chilli) or strips to serve as a nibble or garnish.

7.   Mrs. Beeton’s Potato Omelette – feeds 2 and cost 6d according to Mrs. B

Oddly enough I mentioned both jacket potatoes and Mrs. Beeton in my last post, I hope I’m not getting into a rut!

This is quite an interesting omelette because it is not filled with potatoes; it is made of them.

1 leftover medium sized baked potato
4 eggs, separated
seasonings to taste

~   Reheat the potato in the microwave – I made that bit up, Mrs. B didn't suggest it – it is much easier to work with when warm.
~   Press the hot potato flesh though a fine sieve and allow to cool a little.
~   Mix in the egg yolks and season to taste (Mrs. B. suggests lemon juice (!), nutmeg, salt and pepper).
~   Whisk the egg whites till stiff and fold them into the mixture.
~   Preheat the grill!
~   Melt a knob of butter in an omelette pan, add the eggy goo and fry till the bottom is set and golden.
~   Once the bottom is cooked finish it under a hot grill.

8.   Bubble and Squeak of course

This is also regionally known as Rumbledethumps (reputedly Gordon Brown’s favourite dish!), Kailkiddy, Colcannon, Clapshot, Punchnep and Hash.

Whatever it’s called this dish is made from leftover vegetables, primarily cold potatoes and cabbage, crushed together and shallow fried in butter, oil or bacon fat till crisp. The trick to this is letting the mixture sit over a medium heat, undisturbed, for several minutes allowing a crust to form before turning. In a little more detail ...

~   Fry finely chopped onion gently in a little oil, butter or fat for a few minutes till soft.
~   Increase the heat, add the leftover peel and diced baked potatoes crushing them slightly and cook till they start to crispen and colour. Add more oil or butter as necessary.
~   Stir in other leftover vegetables and continue to fry and turn till all is hot, crispy in parts and delicious.
~   If adding cooked meat or fish do so towards the end so as not to overcook it.

This is good served as a side dish or as a main topped with a fried egg or two and maybe some grated cheese.

If you mash the contents of your leftover baked potato then this post might be of interest - lovely bread made from leftover mashed potato!

Leftover Baked Sweet Potatoes

With the possible exception of the omelette leftover baked sweet potatoes can be used in all of the above ways mixed with their own flavour enhancing ingredients such as fresh chilli, sweet chilli sauce, salmon, shellfish, mango, orange, coconut, cinnamon, pecans and brown sugar.

Finally here is an excellent specifically sweet potato recipe I want to share, I feel I have blogged about this before but can’t find it. No matter it bears repeating if only for its name!

Fartes de Batatas

These are little sweet gooey cakes or sweeties from Portugal. Their name means something like “Potatoes that Satiate”, what did you think it meant?

170g caster sugar plus more for sprinkling
1 egg
15g soft butter
170g cooked, mashed and cooled sweet potato
(slightly warm the sweet potato before removing from its skin and mashing.)
70g ground almonds
finely grated zest of 1 orange
a squeeze of lemon or orange juice
1 egg white, lightly beaten with a pinch of salt

~   Whisk together the first three ingredients very well indeed till light and fluffy.
~   Stir in the mashed sweet potatoes, ground almonds, citrus zest and juice.
~   Scrape the mixture into a pan and stir over medium heat to dry out; when the texture of stiff mashed potato spread onto a floured board to cool.
~   Preheat the oven to 
200°C/400°F/180ÂșC fan/gas 6.
~   Roll into walnut sized balls then flatten into little cakes.
~   Place on a greased baking tray, brush with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar.
~   Bake for about 20 minutes till slightly puffed up, golden and fragrant
~   Cool on a rack and serve with coffee.

Several of these ideas are included in my big grown up properly published book The Leftovers Handbook and if these are just some of the suggestions I can think of for potatoes don't you wonder what ideas I have for the other 450 potential leftovers?  

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