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Bashed neeps, my style

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Not saying that it is in any way better than any other style. I mean, I've never even been to Scotland. It's just that it's the first time I've ever made bashed neeps, and the result was delicious. The recipes I found online (and used as inspiration) have quite a lot of variation in the details, therefore I decided to note down what I did, so I can do it again.

Quantities were improvised and vague, so I won't list them.

Peel and cube a swede, I mean the root veg, don't be creepy. (Or about a quarter of a giant swede left over from making soup, as it happened).

Cover with water, bring to the boil, cook for about 15 minutes until soft. (Use a heavy-bottomed pot because later you'll need it.)

Drain in a colander. Put about a tablespoon of ghee(1) per portion in the same pot, put back on low-ish heat and put the cooked swede back in.

Add salt and a bit of grated nutmeg, and sautée for a while to flavour.

Bash the neeps. A potato masher would help a lot here, but I don't have one, so I made do with a combination of wooden spoon and solid fork. It should retain some texture, we're not going for smooth purée here.

Add a bit of milk (to taste, really) and cook for a few more minutes, stirring occasionally, until nice and creamy. Adjust salt if necessary.

Serve and nom.


(1) Butter would certainly be fine as well, in fact it's obviously a lot more traditional. But I used ghee, so there.

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  • Sat, 10:58: Giant swede acquired. The veg, not the person. Or troll. Now to find out how to turn it into tasty soup.
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