Not long now before all things grainy must be eschewed for a week, which means that pasta, couscous, noodles, bread, and a whole host of other carbs are off the menu. It’s time to dig out the best potato recipes and get stuck in!
I’ve rounded up ten of my favourites here, so there’s one per night, and a couple spare. If you have any extras you’d like to share, please put links in the comments.
1. It wouldn’t be seder night without the World’s Greatest Roast Potatoes. My Mum’s recipe – easy to do and still the best! A perfect accompaniment to roast chicken, fish, or the vegetarian alternative.
2. More than just a side dish, this unctuous smoked salmon dauphinoise is a meal in itself. A simple green salad is all that’s required to accompany this creamy and indulgent Pesach-friendly supper.
3. Fed up of lunchtime matza? Try a potato salad instead! I mix boiled, peeled potato pieces with diced red onion, chopped parsley, cubed pickled cucumber and mayonnaise. Gently combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Yum! You can ring the changes with sliced spring onions, chopped hard boiled egg, diced avocado, or soft herbs like chives or dill.
4. You can vary the seasoning on these crispy potato wedges according to your taste, and they make a delicious alternative to chips. Try dipping them in sour cream or garlic mayonnaise.
5. DH insisted I add jacket potatoes to this list. He has a point. Scrub your potatoes, stab a few times with a fork, and bake at 180C for at least an hour, until the skin is crisp and the inside is soft and fluffy. A good jacket potato needs nothing more than a generous knob of butter, but makes a more substantial meal with sour cream, grated cheese, tuna, roasted vegetables, humous (for the kitniot eaters) or egg mayonnaise. Simple but delicious!
6. Of course, if you really want to go to town with jacket potatoes, with just a little extra effort you can transform them into these wonderful spinach soufflé potatoes – no kitniot or gebrochts here! (If you’re not a big fan of spinach, you can substitute another green vegetable, or omit it entirely and add a good handful or two of grated cheese instead.)
7. These hasselback potatoes are gobbled up by children who normally won’t touch a roast potato, apparently (not a problem we’ve experienced with Kipper). Plus, they’re a doddle to make and look a million dollars.
8. Mashed potatoes are an often overlooked side dish that works well with meat, fish, and vegetarian meals. For classic mash, peel and boil floury potatoes (such as Maris Piper) till very soft, then drain and mash with a splash of milk and a good dollop of butter. I make parev (vegan) mashed potato using olive oil, which gives a smooth texture and a lovely flavour. You can mix things up a bit by using half regular potatoes, and half sweet potatoes, or introduce some earthy vegetable flavour by mixing 2/3 potatoes and 1/3 celeriac in your mash. If you have time, don’t forget to rough the top into lines with a fork and grill to golden, crispy perfection!
9. My Mum’s potato and carrot layer bake is another easy and delicious side dish. You get your spuds and vegetables all in one go, so simply serve with the protein of your choice, and you’re ready to eat!
10. And finally, what better way to use up your seder leftovers than bubble and squeak?! This recipe from Nigel Slater calls for mashed potato and shredded cabbage, but you can mash up any cooked potatoes and vegetables you like – I’ve used leftover roasties before now, just give them a good mash to get everything well mixed, then shape into patties and fry. Top with a poached or fried egg for a decadently simple Pesach lunch or supper.
What are your favourite Pesach potato dishes? Feel free to share them in the comments!