Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Potato Mash with Wild Garlic

Wild garlic and potato mash / Kartulipuder karulauguga

The wild garlic - also known as bear's garlic - is in season here in Estonia. The season is short, so I'm trying to eat as much as possible of this delicious and health-boosting spring green. Here's a simple way to incorporate wild garlic into your regular mash. Looks bright and pretty, doesn't it?

More wild garlic recipes @ Nami-Nami:
Wild garlic butter
Wild garlic pesto
Tomatoes stuffed with wild garlic

Potato Mash with Wild Garlic
(Kartulipuder karulauguga)
Serves 6

1 kg floury potatoes
200 ml (just under a cup) of milk, heated
50 g (2 Tbsp) butter
100 g fresh wild garlic, rinsed and finely chopped
1 tsp salt
0.25 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks. Cover with fresh water, season with salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes, until soft, then drain.
Return the saucepan to the hob and mash using whatever way you usually do it (I love to use my 'Spudnik' for that, which results in a rather coarse mash). Pour over the hot milk, add the butter and finely chopped wild garlic, and continue mashing and stirring, until you've got a bright green and fluffy potato mash.
Season with salt and pepper, stir thoroughly and serve.


Orchidea said...

Very nice... I like this.

Happy cook said...

Wow that mash is bursting with wonderful garlic flavours.

thepassionatecook said...

mmmh what a wonderful combination! i think i missed the wild garlic season... shame!

ama said...

I wil try this recipe as soon as posiible (not to miss the season). it looks wonderful!

NIall Harbison said...

I have been put off mash with garlic in it by having it in a restaurant about 3 years ago and it was so over powering and revolting. I said I would never eat garlic mash again but I might give this a go with the wild garlic though as it sounds delicious

rachel said...

Did I miss the season? I'd love to try this. Thing is, Stefano does almost all of the grocery shopping, so I never know what's in season. I really must check your blog every day!

By the way, any idea where I can buy raw milk in Tallinn? Does NOP have it?

Pille said...

Rachel - you've almost missed the season, BUT I saw bunches of wild garlic at Keskturg yesterday (5.- a bunch), so if you hurry, you may still be lucky.
Re: raw milk - try NOP or MAA organic shop at Kaubamaja (the "old" building, first floor).

Anonymous said...

Nice article. u know these days i am in love with garlic, both for the taste and for its health benefits. Garlic is considered one of the oldest medicines in the world and is used in making remedies for various ailments and physiological disorders. Garlic is one of the most effective antimicrobial herbs, as it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anthelmintic and antiseptic properties.Consuming large amounts of garlic can cause heartburn, especially during pregnancy. If left in contact with skin of mucous membranes, fresh garlic can also cause local irritation and ulceration.