Cheesy mashed potatoes with cumin

Cheesy mashed potatoes with cumin

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From
Saha
Serves
4
Photographer
Matt Harvey

It’s rare to find potatoes as an accompaniment in Lebanon and Syria – other than the ubiquitous French fries that come with most restaurant meals and are often served at home for big family lunches. While in the Tannaïl region near Beirut we discovered a number of dairies that made a type of Gouda cheese – often flavoured with cumin seeds. This recipe is a variation on a potato purée from the Auvergne in France, known as aligot. It is rich and delicious, and would make a lovely accompaniment to simple grilled or roasted meats.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
800g brushed potatoes
60ml extra-virgin olive oil
100g butter
100ml thickened cream
200g caraway gouda, grated
salt and pepper

Method

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut them into large equal-sized dice. Put them in a large saucepan and cover with cold salted water. Bring to the boil then lower the temperature and simmer gently for 15–20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, but not water-logged.
  2. Meanwhile pour the oil, butter and cream into a small pan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and simmer until reduced by a third.
  3. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them well and return them to the pan. Leave them to dry for another minute, then push them through a sieve into the hot cream mixture and beat with a wooden spoon. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then fold in the grated cheese. Return the pan to a gentle heat and leave, without stirring, until the cheese begins to melt. Use the wooden spoon to lift and turn the mixture until all the cheese has been incorporated. Don’t let it boil. Just before serving, taste and adjust the seasoning and lift and turn the potato mixture once again to pull the melted cheese into strings.
Tags:
Saha
Malouf
Lucy
Greg
Lebanon
Lebanese
Syria
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