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Classic Potato Salad


Got leftover mash? This is a really great idea to use them up and impress the whole clan you're feeding and they're really easy to make. You can even make them early in the day or the day before and toss them in the fridge. Then all you need to do is fry them up and keep warm in the oven until you're ready to serve.

Here's what you'll need

Stuffed Potato Pears
  • 3 cups cold herbed mashed potatoes (a bit drier than you would usually serve it and seasoned really well)
  • ½ cup goat's cheese (or cream cheese if you like)
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (with zest)
  • 2 cups (give or take) bread crumbs
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. set mash aside until completely cool...this recipe works best with really cold potatoes

  2. combine goat cheese, lemon juice (with zest), parsley and chives and season well

  3. The next step is the fun part. Take a scoop of mashed potatoes in the palm of your hand and poke a small well in the centre for the goat cheese stuffing. Carefully close up the well, making sure there aren't any cracks and the surface is smooth and shape it into a pear

  4. Stuffed Potato Pears
    Stuffed Potato Pears
    Stuffed Potato Pears
  5. Next step is the breading station. In three seperate bowls, you'll need flour, eggs and bread crumbs...all seasoned really well. Try to use fine bread crumbs which will give you a smoother surface and give you a better looking pear in the end (panko is not what you want here). Once you have all your pears shaped and ready, carefully roll them in the flour, then the eggs, and finally the bread crumbs

  6. allow to set up in the fridge for half an hour or so

  7. carefully deep fry them...they are very fragile until they are fully browned and can be prone to splitting if they are over cooked. Make a few extra in case you have a few casualties

  8. serve them up or keep warm in the oven

Stuffed Potato Pears

Make these and you will impress everyone. I garnish them with a clove on top and leaves from the shrubs in my yard or a fresh bay leaf. When people cut into them and find the goat cheese and I love that surprise. You can serve them with anything that you would serve with potatoes...which means anything at all!

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