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Walnut Grove Recipes

Walnut Grove Mash

Serves 4

  • 1kg potatoes
  • 75g butter
  • 50g Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 100g smoked bacon lardons
  • 75ml cream
  • fresh chives to garnish


1. Peel and dice the potatoes, transfer to a large saucepan. Cover with cold water, 

bring to the boil and cook until soft. Drain well in a large colander and put back into the saucepan.

2. Add cream and butter and boil for two minutes. Remove from heat, mash well and season to taste.

3. Panfry the bacon lardons (matchsticks of bacon) over a low heat until the fat is rendered out and the lardons are crispy.

4. Garnish the creamy mash with the crispy lardons, Parmesan cheese and chopped chives.

Serving Suggestions

What doesn’t it go with?! Fantastic with anything – our favourite is with pan-fried wild salmon and spinach.

Advanced Preparation

This is best made just before you want to eat it.


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