During our recent trip to Australia, we had the pleasure of watching Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals a number of times. The kids absolutely loved watching him cook. And I'm pretty sure I yelled out, “Yum,” at least 10 times each episode (while my Dad said, “hold off on the oil Jamie!”).
The very first show we watched featured a delicious looking sweet potato side dish. In his cookbook (Jamie's 30 Minute Meals), it's called, Dressed Potatoes. But I like to call it Sweet Potato and Feta Mash. It's been on my mind for weeks now, and we finally ate it tonight. Let me tell you, I didn't yell “Yum” in vain. It was very tasty.
The original recipe calls for cooking the potatoes in the microwave (remember it's a 30 minute meal), but I decided to use the crockpot instead (I'm not a microwave fan). I also left out the fresh red chilli, which would probably be very good. I just didn't have one.
Sweet Potato and Feta Mash
adapted from Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, Dressed Potatoes, page 122.
1 medium potato
2 or 3 sweet potatoes (I used 2 very big ones)
1/2 a lemon
50 grams (or just under 2 ounces) feta cheese
dried red pepper flakes (optional)
Oil for drizzling (sorry Dad)
Drizzle some oil in the bottom of a large crockpot.
Cut the sweet potatoes and potatoes into big chunks and drizzle some oil on top. Toss to coat the potataoes.
Place the 1/2 lemon among the potatoes.
Cover and cook on high for 3 or 4 hours (until soft).
Once the potatoes and sweet potatoes are soft, remove the lemon and mash the potatoes right in the crockpot. But don't mash too much, it is nice for them to stay a little chunky.
Squeeze the lemon juice over the potatoes (use a glove or tongs for this. You might also want to squeeze the lemon through a mesh strainer to catch the seeds, unless you are slick enough to catch seeds falling out of a hot lemon).
Sprinkle feta cheese over and red pepper flakes, if desired. Stir to combine.
Serve with some cilantro sprinkled over the top.
If you want to be fancy, you can chop most of a bunch of cilantro with a fresh red chilli on the cutting board, then add in the feta and chop away until it is all mixed together. Then stir this through the potatoes instead of sprinkling everything over (that's how Jamie does it).
We had this with roast chicken, and it was a perfect side dish.
Here is the full 30 minute meal with the original recipe if you want to try it that way.
I know we will be making this one again. It's easy, warm, and delicious. Couldn't ask for much more than that.