Nigella's Potato Ricer

The theme at IHCC is side dishes this week. Since I love potatoes and I recently saw a Nigella episode on the Food Network where she featured both sweet and white potatoes, I thought...why not do a simple side, right?

Do you know what this is? It's a potato ricer.



I saw Nigella using one of these when she blended baked sweet potatoes with white potatoes. At first I thought, what's the point. It's like mashing potatoes....but it changes the texture of the potato.

You put the boiled potato in here.......




Then you squeeze the handle and the potato comes through like worms and strands, leaving the skins behind. How cool is that?



Now the potato is in slender threads and looks more like grated cheese.



Now take the baked sweet potato and scoop it into the riced potato. Mix with a spoon, gently.



This was served with a leftover chicken tenderloin. The tenderloin had been breaded in Panko and lightly fried. Cleaning out the fridge I also came up with a wedge of Chaumes cheese. A nice meal when hubby was out of town and I didn't feel like cooking much for myself.

That's right...no vegetables.....just chicken, potatoes, cheese and Red Stripe beer. Not the healthiest, but I cleaned out the fridge and I was able to check off another Nigella recipe from the Express and the Bites books.




Now, this will make a great side for Thanksgiving and I am happy I "practiced" it before the big day.

If for some reason I don't get online before Thanksgiving - have a great turkey day everyone!

14 comments:

girlichef said...

I have wanted a ricer FOREVER!! I'm so jealous...I'll just mash mine by hand...sigh. Happy Thanksgiving :D

Velva said...

That is quite a clever recipe. I like it! I have never used a ricer and I am thinking that would be a good idea too. I am gettng all kinds of good ideas from your blog post.
Last night, I roasted a mix of sweet potatoes and white potatoes with maple syrup, salt, pepper and olive oil-that was pretty good.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Janel said...

I have been thinking about getting a ricer, but wondered if it would just take up more space that I don't have! However, now that I see you can run them through with the peels - I have to get one!

A Year on the Grill said...

new toys new toys... Now I want one!!!

The finished product looks great, bet it tastes wonderful!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love my potato ricer! Great for making gnocchi too!

Le laquet said...

I love my ricer - great for root vegetable mash - BUT and this is bizarre, I can't find it at the moment ... EVERYWHERE - and it's not that big a kitchen. Truly bizarre!!

Laura in Paris said...

Oh,the potato rices, I always saw my mother using it to make good mashed potatoes for us! I do not know where it is now .. I will ask her if she still has it!

Kim said...

I'm so glad to see someone has a potato ricer! I've been wanting one, but the only one I can find it like $40 at williams-sonoma and it is huge and too heavy. I'm going to keep on looking. Sounds like a great dinner and a perfect side for Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving :D

Cathy said...

I love my potato ricer! Best invention ever!

Nat said...

Oh i've been meaning to get one of those ! Even Jamie Oliver uses it all the time...I have to buy one...sooon !...the potatoes look amazing Tina...i am sure the ricer makes a major difference to the texture.

Debinhawaii said...

I have not used my ricer in ages but now I want to pull it out. This looks and sounds delicious! Great pick.

Pierce said...

Girlichef - put it on your Christmas wish list. It's not too awfully expensive, can be, but mine wasn't.

Velva - Happy Thanksgiving to you also. Go to Brown's Home Kitchen on Capital Circle. They have several kinds of ricers. And lots of other "toys" - Oh maple syrup makes everything better!

Janel - well yeah, there IS the space problem. I really need another storage cabinet. I am stacking things now.

Year on the Grill - thank you, it was great. Different texture.

Natashya - I never thought about the gnocchi. Thanks for the idea :-)

Laquet - It will turn up at a weird spot. Try the bedroom. HA! Just kididng :-)

Laura - I hope you get it from your mother. Having kitchen tools handed down make them extra special.

Kim - I got mine for $35...there was one for $45 and a cheap one which I do not recommend. Bet Amazon would have it on sale.

Cathy - First time I ever used one. I am going to try that gnocchi now.......

Nat - it was a success, thanks!

Deb - thank you, seemed a good Thanksgiving side. And if Nigella did it..well, there you go.

Chow and Chatter said...

this is so cool it looks like iddiapum from India

Rosabela said...

I usually mash my potatoes with a fork since my husband likes them with a little bite to them. My mom used to have a ricer years ago ... it made the best fluffiest mashed potatoes ever!

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