Happy Monday all!
Hope you’ve all had a good start to the week? I have to say I have been super productive today….it’s amazing what you can do when you don’t have the kids around!! The house was weirdly quiet with the kids back at school but I got SO much done!!…a little bit of spring cleaning and organising and generally getting the house into order after the hols…Don’t get me wrong I still have a long way to go but I am feeling motivated to get organised!! I’ve even ordered myself some cupboard shelves and storage jars to get my kitchen cupboards in order too!…. Might even give you a cupboard tour if you’re lucky!!! Would this be of interest???
Anyway, back to tonight’s dins and these crispy spiralised potatoes! I was slightly holding my breath about these but actually they turned out pretty well!…The key is to cook them in batches, in a little oil over a medium heat and then keep moving them around so that they don’t get stuck together…if they do you’ll most likely end up with more of a rosti!…although that’s no bad thing either!…But when trying to recreate spaghetti bolognaise that’s not what you’re going for! You want to end up with something like this!…
The recipe for my mince can be found here, obviously omit the rice but the main ingredients are here for you…Veggie packed Mince & Rice Oven Bake
There’s a quick recap in pics below for you too but basically this is what you need to do….
- Start by frying off your onion, carrot and celery…
- Then add your mince and brown
- Next in goes the following:
- Stock cube
- Glass of red wine
- Couple of bay leaves
- Few sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- Dash of worcestershire sauce
- Tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp Milly’s Kidchup (optional)
- 1 tsp paprika
- Garlic clove – crushed
- Allow to simmer for 20/25 mins or so until the carrots are tender and the meat cooked through.
Right now on to the spiralised potatoes!
So I bought a new spiraliser! ….because 1) I LOVE a kitchen gadget and 2) can you ever have enough!?…hmmm my lack of storage space may tell me otherwise but I bought it anyway and it was on offer!….I do have a very basic manual one which works fine but i always find that i have a random cone shaped piece of veg leftover!…with this one i’ve just bought….THIS ONE from amazon i had very little veg leftover, most of the potato was spiralised…and actually i was quite impressed. I’ve only used it once so let me try it out a few more times before I review this properly but so far so good! Also I didn’t go for an electric one as the reviews for the manual one’s seemed to be better?
Anyway, whichever spiraliser you have, start by spiralising your potatoes! (obviously!!) So they look something like this!
Then heat a large frying pan with a little oil over a medium heat…Mine goes up to 9 with a boost option and I put mine to 6 or 7..
Pat your potatoes with some kitchen towel to dry the potatoes out as much as you can then sprinkle with a little salt.
Now place them into the frying pan and fry. Make sure you move the potatoes around so that they don’t stick and clump together..It’s best to do this in batches.
Once they are cooked through and lightly browned place them onto some kitchen towel again to absorb some of the oil or you can place these into a low heated oven to dry them out a bit…
Then all you need to do is place them onto your plate and then load up with the veggie packed mince! Enjoy!
Hope you and your little one’s like it! Maisie polished off her entire plate which i have to say i was pretty happy about – she’s not a fan of pasta or spaghetti so if i can get her eating this as a substitute then i’m a happy bunny!!
Hopefully see you back here tomorrow!