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From the Ground Up: Apache Potatoes

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From the Ground Up is our feature that dishes the dirt on those fruits and vegetables that we don’t want your taste buds to miss out on!

Apache Potatoes are immediately distinguishable from the rest of the potato family by their unique red skin, cream patches and chestnut shape. If you’ve ever seen one of these gloriously different creations in the flesh, you’d know about it.

What are they good for?

As an easy alternative to the classic roast potato, the natural home for Apache Potatoes would be on a roast dinner.  Alternatively, you can bake them before teaming with some Cajun chicken, or even a juicy steak and fresh vegetables. Our Naija This & That Spice rub makes the perfect accompaniment for your roasties too.

What do they taste like?

In the same way that Apache Potatoes resemble chestnuts in the way they look, the same can also be said for taste. The slightly waxy texture in addition to the nutty flavour provides a real unique taste sensation in the mouth, something completely different to your usual roasties. If you’re a lover of both potatoes and nuts, you really can’t go wrong!

How do you store, prepare and cook it?

To store: Nothing fancy about this, simply store your Apache Potatoes as you would with any other potato variety, I.E somewhere cool and dry.

To prepare: Unless stated that the product is pre-washed, always make sure to give your potatoes a thorough rinse before use. Also make sure to check for any mouldy or soft areas, as these are indicators of the potatoes going bad. 

To cookAs you would with your traditional roasties – roast away! Baking and boiling are some of the more uncommon cooking methods also used, but when it comes these potatoes many people boast of their tastiness when cooked in those different ways.

Our top tip would be to blanche the potatoes first before roasting them in their skins, as this will ensure that they retain their beautiful contrasting colours.

Availability

Like most potatoes, these nutty treats are suited to growing in cold weather due to their ability to deal with light frost.

Our Top Recipe

This Roast Apache Bake recipe makes a fantastic vegan dinner for someone on a plant-based diet, or simply for anyone looking to reduce their meat consumption with a nuttier alternative:

You’ll need some Apache Potatoes, cherry tomatoes, an onion (sliced), oil, pepper, salt and garlic powder:

Firstly, empty your potatoes into a pan and boil for 8 minutes. Once boiled, drain the potatoes and empty them onto a baking try before pre-heating your oven to 200c. Add your cherry tomatoes, sliced onion, pepper, salt, garlic powder and drizzle with oil. Roast for 35-45 minutes until the skin on the potatoes is crispy.

Fancy seeing what all the fuss is about for yourself? Add some Apache Potatoes to your order today!

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