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    Smashed potatoes with pea shoots & herb dressing

    by Elly Pear

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 40 minutes

    Serves: 4

    Ingredients

    For the potatoes
    500g pack Ruby Gem potatoes
    50g butter
    ½ tsp dried herbs de Provence

    For the dressing
    About 30g mixed soft herbs (chives, parsley and mint)
    60ml olive oil
    20ml lemon juice
    20ml white wine vinegar
    1 heaped tsp honey
    1 heaped tsp Dijon mustard

    To serve
    80g pack pea shoots

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Return to the boil and cook for 15 minutes.

    2. To make the dressing, roughly chop the herbs and place them in a blender with the other dressing ingredients and a generous pinch of sea salt. Blitz until smooth, then taste for seasoning and chill until needed.

    3. Drain the potatoes well. Butter a baking dish with 10g of the butter then add the potatoes. Using a potato masher or fork, gently crush the potatoes. Dot the remaining butter over the surface, season and sprinkle with the dried herbs.

    4. Bake for 20 minutes, until the broken edges of the potatoes are brown. Serve immediately with the pea shoots and herb dressing. You can serve them all separately or remove the potatoes from the baking dish and layer them with the pea shoots in a large serving dish, drizzling the whole lot with the dressing.

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