Potato – Four Ways

Our little Munchkin now has many favourite foods but potato has been a firm favourite since the beginning. To give us some variety we have tried these four different ways of serving them to her.

BAKED

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Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 1-2 hours (dependent on size and number of potatoes)

Ingredients

  • 1 small potato (about the size of your fist)
  • 1/2 can of tuna in spring water
  • a few broccoli florets

Method Preheat your oven to gas mark 5, 375°F, 190°C Wash your potato. Dry it with a clean cloth and prick the skin a few times with a fork. Simply place in your oven on the middle shelf and cook for 1 hour, turning over half way through so the skin is evenly crisp. (If you are also baking potatoes for yourself and others they will need a longer cooking time. For two/three jacket potatoes cook for 1 hour 45 mins to get them really crispy on the outside.) When your potato is about fifteen minutes from being ready, prepare your broccoli. Chop the florets so that they have a stem for your baby to grip hold of when eating. Boil a pan of water and add the broccoli. Boil for ten minutes, a little longer than you would do for yourself so that they are really soft. Open the tin of tuna and flake up 1/2 the can with a fork. Now when your potato is ready you have two options: Option One: cut into wedges so that your little one can eat the soft potato from the inside off the skin. Option Two: mash the inside of the potato with the tuna so that your baby can eat it from a loaded spoon. I normally do half the potato as wedges and the other half mashed so that she can decide. Serve with the broccoli Note: Don’t forget to allow the potato to cool down as it will be extremely hot

ROASTED

Sunday Dinner

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Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: about 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients (Cooking for a family of four- 2 adults and 2 children)

  • 12-15 good quality roasting potatoes cleaned and dried
  • Goose fat or olive oil

Method Preheat the oven at gas mark 5, 375°F, 190°C Boil some water in a pan (enough to cover the potatoes). Chop the potatoes into halves with the skin left on. Your baby will use the skin to hold onto the potato as they eat the middle. Place the potatoes in the boiling water and cook for 20 minutes, until soft. Drain the potatoes and toss back and forth to allow them to fluff up (this will make an extra crispy potato). Pour the Goose fat or olive oil into a a large roasting tin and pop in the oven for a couple of minutes to get hot. Throw your potatoes into the hot fat and toss so they are evenly coated in the oil/fat. Roast your potatoes for 45 minutes or until crispy. Turn the potatoes about halfway through. Serve with a lovely roast chicken and some minted peas.

BOILED

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Preparation time: 5 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients (Cooking for a family of four- 2 adults and 2 children)

  • 12 – 15 new potatoes
  • a small bunch of dill
  • butter

Method Boil some water in the pan (enough to cover the potatoes). Prepare your potatoes by washing, drying and chopping in half. Leave the skin on. Place the potatoes in the boiled water (remember you do not need to add salt to the cooking water as your baby does not need it. If parents want to add salt to their potatoes once cooked this is a better option). Cook for 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and place back into the hot pan. Add a knob of butter and allow it to melt. Chop a large handful of the dill and add this to the potatoes. Mix the ingredients together. Serve with some baked cod in lemon and garlic and some roasted cherry tomatoes.

 FRITTER

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Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 8 mins

 Ingredients (Makes 4)

  • 1 large potato
  • a small bunch of parsley
  • 50g Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of flour
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil for frying

Method Place all the ingredients into a food processor and grate together. Add the flour and the egg. Mix together. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan. Form the mixture into small patties with your hands or two spoons. Place into the olive oil and cook for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Flip over and cook for another 3 minutes. Serve with a salad.

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