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Spud Sunday: The Inconvenient Spud

Baby Potatoes with Spinach and Cashel Blue

Baby potatoes with spinach

So here’s what I made with my spuddies. Since convenience was the name of the game, I wanted to make something where the rest of the dish could be put together in give-or-take the amount of time it would take you to cook the potatoes (whether you go for all out, microwaveable convenience or go the conventional steaming route, which, especially in the case of baby potatoes, I still say is a pretty convenient way to go). You can think of this as a warm salad, equally good on its own or a side-dish, or you can make a meal of it along with some scrambled or poached eggs.

You’ll need:

  • 400g baby potatoes
  • vegetable oil for frying (olive oil or rapeseed)
  • half a small red onion (about 50g), very finely sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely slivered
  • 100g baby spinach leaves, washed and finely sliced
  • 25g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
  • 25g cashel blue (or other blue cheese), roughly chopped
  • coarse salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

You’ll also need:

  • A large frying pan

The Steps:

  • Scrub the baby potatoes and steam them for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender (if using a microwavable bag of baby potatoes, follow the instructions on the packet).
  • While the potatoes are cooking, place a large frying pan over a medium heat. When hot, add vegetable oil to coat the pan.
  • Add the sliced red onion and fry for around 5-7 minutes, until softened and starting to brown a little in places. Add the slivered garlic and stir and fry for about another minute.
  • Add the spinach to the pan. Stir and fry for another 2-3 minutes or until the spinach has just wilted. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped walnuts and the blue cheese. Season to taste with coarse salt and black pepper.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, slice thickly, stir into the spinach mixture and serve, either on its own or perhaps make a meal of it along with some scrambled or poached eggs.

The Variations:

  • You could certainly, I reckon, add some fried mushrooms to the mix here, or some cherry tomatoes, and perhaps some chilli flakes if you’d like a bit of heat.

The Results:

  • Makes 2 servings (or perhaps 3 as a side-dish)