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(7 ratings)

Ready in 40-50 mins


Serves 4
Good with bacon or thick slices of ham and, although not traditional, splendid with fish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal357
  • fat20g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs41g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.41g
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  • 100g spring onion, cut into rings
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 150ml/¼ pint full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 900g mashing potato, such as King Edward or Maris Piper



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 85-100g/3-4oz butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • extra butter, for serving



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Put the spring onions and milk in a small pan and heat to boiling. Take off the heat and leave to infuse.

  2. Boil whole potatoes in their skins for 30-40 mins, or until tender (timing depends on their size). Drain and peel off the skins. Put the potatoes back in the pan, cover and gently heat for a min or two.

  3. Remove from the heat and mash the potatoes with the butter until no lumps are left. Reheat the milk and the spring onions, then gradually beat this into the potatoes, mixing well with a wooden spoon to make the potatoes fluffy. Season well.

  4. Serve on individual plates with a hollow in the centre of each serving in which you can put a big knob of butter. Diners then dip each forkful into the pool of melted butter before eating.

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maggiebleksley's picture
14th Sep, 2015
As we tend to put on weight, I cut down drastically on the butter and used semi-skimmed milk, but it was still delicious.
23rd Apr, 2013
I Added a little cooked,chopped smoked bacon and cheese, it was lovely.
8th Feb, 2013
I'm dreadful with potato - I overboiled them so left the skins on, used leeks rather than onion and it was still delish.
7th Dec, 2012
Wonder if this would work with some grated cheddar mixed in as well? Have to try it.
4th Sep, 2009
Hmmm lovely to have in the winter, nice warming, cosy dish....if anyone else here loves potato dishes then there are some lovely recipes on this website and there is a nice one for 'winter vegetable mash':
10th Feb, 2009
Thinly sliced leeks work just as well as spring onions!
9th Feb, 2009
lovely, nice wee change to normal mash, everyone loved it and added to the meal instead of "just potatoes". Very quick and easy
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