Mint and spinach colcannon

If I was stranded on a desert island and could have any food I wanted it would be mashed potato. I love it more than life itself and take pride in producing creamy buttery smooth mash every time. I’m not going to tell you how much potato, butter, or milk to use in your mash as mash-making is a national skill in the UK and I want you to learn by feel. . .
Serves: 4 • Prep: 5 mins • Cook: 20 mins • Easy 
What I will tell you are these important points: Use floury potatoes, not waxy. Cook them until you can run a knife through them with no resistance (I use a pressure cooker). Heat your milk (whole milk) and butter before adding it to the potato. Mash the potatoes to buggery on their own first – before adding the butter and milk; use a masher with a flat bottom which has holes cut out, rather than one that’s like a piece of metal twisted into u shapes. The latter will leave you with lumps. No need whatsoever for a ricer. Once they’re well-mashed add your hot milk, butter and salt and mash again. Don’t whip them or they’ll go glutinous. Season with sea salt.

Got it? Let’s begin :D
Ingredients
  • mashed potato, use about 5 large-ish potatoes, peeled obvs 2
  • bunches of spring onions, chopped, including some of the green parts
  • 3 large handfuls of washed spinach
  • handful of chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, a teaspoon of butter
  • sea salt
Instructions
Heat the oil and and butter lightly sauté the spring onions, spinach and mint, so that the spinach is only just wilted but not collapsed.

Stir the veg mix into the hot mash.

Add a knob of butter and sprinkle of sea salt.
Nutrition info
Potatoes are wrongly slated by nutrition fashionistas. They have plenty going for them, as well as being incredibly delicious!

Their biggest claim to fame is their vitamin B6, which is used throughout the body for cell formation, and that's a pretty big task. B6 is also a key player in nerve and brain function, as well as gene expression. Spuds are also pretty rich in vitamin C, which isn't only good for immunity but plays a strong part in forming and maintaining healthy connective tissue and skin.
Vitamins: B1, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, K. Minerals: Iron, copper, phosphorus, manganese, calcium, iodine, selenium, potassium.

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I like my questions like I like my mashed potatoes. Loaded.
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