It’s new potato season!!!!

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It’s new potato season!!!!

new-potatoes

Many people have fond memories of new potatoes…. it may be having new potatoes for  Christmas day lunch or even digging up your own homegrown new potatoes!  But for everyone in New Zealand new potatoes signal the start of warmer weather.

A “new” potato is ‘ a young potato pulled out of the ground before it gets to full size.  New potatoes are also known for holding their shape well once cooked and cut.

Like all varities of potatoes, new pototaes are nutrient rich and they even contain over 10 percent of the recommended dietary intake of several B vitamins and also contain potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral that supports healthy muscle function. It is also needed for normal functioning of the nervous system and contributes to healthy growth and development in children.

A healthy body requires a daily source of vitamin C and potatoes provide 40 percent of the recommended dietary intake. This vitamin contributes to a healthy immune system, helps fight fatigue and is an antioxidant that may protect against some lifestyle diseases. The dietary fibre content of potatoes, particularly in the skin, is important to aid healthy digestion. However new potatoes have a softer skin than other varieties and it can easily be flicked off with your fingers.

New potatoes don’t need to be peeled; simply rinse to remove any dirt and cook whole. Store new potatoes in a cool, dark and well-ventilated place. They should be used within a few days of purchase.

Potatoes roasted in duck fat

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Potatoes Roasted in Duck Fat 

 

Serves 4:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Kg roasting potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Duck fat
  • Freshly ground salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C
  2. Peel and wash potatoes, slice into even sized portions
  3. Place in a pot, cover with water and bring to the boil. Drain potatoes.
  4. Place the potatoes in a roasting pan, spoon over the duck fat and roll to cover.
  5. Place in preheated oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are golden and crisp.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Serving suggestions: Serve hot with your favourite roast – lamb, chicken, duck, turkey, beef or pork or  as tapas with a dipping sauce.

Variations:  Add fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs, or  peeled garlic cloves at the beginning of roasting.

Tip:  Always buy the potato for its end use: floury varieties for baking, mashing and roasting. Waxy varieties for boiling, salads and adding to stews or braises.

 

You can eat your potatoes and have it too

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You can eat your potatoes and have it too 

 

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A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has concluded that there is no evidence that potatoes lead to weight gain if they are prepared in a healthy manner.

So what does this mean for you……Well the researchers found that Dieters who included potatoes in their meal plans all lost weight – as long as they reduced their overall calorie intake. So it looks like you can eat your potatoes and have it too.

You can find some great tasting and healthy potato recipes here and read more about the study here

Where would NZ be without quality sausages to go with their homemade potato mash

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Where would NZ be without quality sausages to go with their homemade potato mash 

 

quality sausages

The annual Devro New Zeland Sausage competition took place in Auckland last week, with Allenton Meat Centre of Ashburton (an amazing potato growing area) being crowned the supreme winner.

Traditionally sausage making was  used as a food preservation technique, and with nearly every country worldwide having their own ethnic sausage its not surprisingly the different flavor combinations that we are seeing these days!  This year the sausage of the day was beef and blue cheese. Butcher Paddy Kennedy of Allenton Meat Centre was tight lipped about his technique used to evenly spread the cheese through the sausage meat, but was prepared to disclose that he uses local dairy Talbot Forest’s Pure Forest Blue.

So with sausage season aka BBQ season fast approaching have a look here for some great potato salad recipes.