If you’re keen on eating what’s in season right now, you’ll be pleased to know that February is the ideal time to get stuck into some maincrop spuds. There’s a reason why potatoes are Europe’s most important vegetable – they’re nutritious, filling and the opportunities for creating dishes are almost endless. From chips to roasts and from sautes to good old mash, it’s hard to imagine our day-to-day menus without them. We can all get stuck in a bit of a potato rut, though, and so here are a few ideas of the kinds of sauces and seasonings on the supermarket shelves right now that are perfect potato-perkers for mid-week teas.
When the weather’s cold outside, you can’t beat a good old potato bake. You can add a multitude of ingredients, from bacon and cheese to fish, or serve it as a side dish with a variety of grilled meats. It’s easy enough to make a sauce from scratch, and some good stock and a splash of cream will be a great place to start, but there are also lots of great ready-made sauces out there to speed up the process or just to give you some added inspiration. Try spicing up dinner time with a Homepride Peri Potato Bake sauce, or how about a Sainsbury’s Creamy Cheese & Bacon Potato Bake for a comforting treat? If you fancy going down the more traditional route, try a simple-to-make Schwartz Dauphinoise Potato Bake, or add an instant excitement boost to dinner time with some spicy Bombay potatoes.
Take a break from chips and try some chunky potato wedges instead. Shake over some Pureety Potato Wedge Seasoning for a Cajun twist, or get some chilli on the go and serve with spuds covered in Old El Paso Seasoning Mix for Mexican Wedges. Another alternative is to stir it up with a Waitrose Bacon & Onion Potato Saute, or give traditional roasties some added oomph with a good dose of Sainsbury’s Roast Potato Seasoning. Who said potatoes are boring?