Harvesting maincrop potatoes is a great moment in the gardening year. There is a lot of satisfaction in unearthing the large, mature tubers from the ground and using them in recipes or putting them into store. Here are five recipes for your maincrop potatoes, to help you to make the most of this versatile staple:
Mashed maincrop potatoes are perfect for topping a wide range of dishes that are along the lines of the cottage or shepherd’s pie. Make up a mix of seasonal vegetables in a gravy, tomato-based sauce or white sauce then top with a creamy mashed potato mix (and top with cheese if you wish).
Maincrop Potatoes Hash Browns/ Fish Cakes
Mashed maincrop potatoes can also be used to make a range of different hash brown/ potato cake type dinners. You could also add various sorts of fish to turn them into fish cakes if you eat fish. One delicious recipe combines hot chillies with mashed potatoes, spinach or chard and cream cheese to make delicious potato cakes that you could enjoy with a fried egg and/or some tomato salsa.
Baked Potato With Spicy Bean Casserole
Maincrop potatoes can also be popped into a hot oven and baked. Crispy jacket potatoes are the perfect accompaniment for a spicy casserole made with chillies, sweet peppers, onions, beans and tomatoes, along with other seasonal vegetables and fruits that you may have to hand.
Potato Curry (Aloo Dum)
Potato curries such as the Indian favourite Aloo Dum are another great way to showcase your maincrop potatoes. Combine the boiled maincrop potatoes with spices and tomato-based sauce and serve with chutneys and other spice-laden condiments that you have made with polytunnel produce.
Beetroot, Kale and Potato Gratin
A lovely dinner party idea combines three popular polytunnel or home-garden crops – maincrop potatoes, beetroots and kale – to make a delicious gratin dish. Thinly slice your potatoes and beetroots, then layer up these with kale in an oven proof dish before pouring over a creamy sauce and topping with grated cheese if you wish.
These are just some of the many, many recipes that you can knock up using the potatoes that you have harvested from your polytunnel or from elsewhere in your garden. Do you have some favourite recipes for your home-grown potatoes? Let us know your favourite recipe ideas in the comments below. Want to learn more about successfully grow your own potatoes? Check out the grow guides and other articles that you will find elsewhere in this site.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.