Potato Boats

Now I know this photograph has a picture of a Peppa Pig character, but this is a recipe for adults and children. I made these with my son, because if I can cook lunch and keep him entertained I’ve achieved two things in one go. That is why our potatoes ended up with a Peppa Pig theme, however you can, of course, serve them just as they are and still have a very tasty lunch or side dish to enjoy. If you are an adult and still want to have a boat theme with your potatoes then go right ahead!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 large knob of butter
  • 1 sliced leek
  • 2 jacket potatoes (cooked to my quick jacket potato recipe)
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 1/2 tsp mixed herbs
  • pinch white pepper

Method:

  1. Heat butter in a saucepan and add leeks, stir until covered in melted butter and place a lid on to allow leeks to sweat down and soften.
  2. Pre-heat grill to a medium temperature.
  3. Slice jacket potatoes in half and scoop out cooked potato into a bowl. (Do not discard the skins, you will refill these later.)
  4. Add to your bowl milk, 2/3 of grated cheese, mixed herbs and pepper, then mash potato until smooth.
  5. Check the leeks, they should be soft and tender. Add these to the mashed potato and stir well.
  6. Spoon the mashed potato back into their skins, distribute your filling evenly between the potato skins.
  7. Place the potatoes onto a shallow baking tray.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the potatoes and grill until the cheese is bubbling.
  9. Serve with a salad or as a side dish to a main meal.

To make the flags:

You need:

  • Paper cut into small triangles (cut to an appropriate size for your cocktail sticks)
  • Crayons/colouring pencils
  • Stickers
  • Glue
  • Cocktail sticks

Method:

  1. Colour/decorate your paper triangles.
  2. Run a line of glue along the longest line of the triangle.
  3. Push the cocktail stick into the glue and roll along until the paper is wrapped a little around the stick.

This is a very quick description of the flag making, but I’m guessing most parents can figure this out without my help. I got the idea for the potato boats and the accompanying flags from the Peppa Pig magazine. We bought an issue and a picture of the potato boats was on the back cover advertising activities in the next issue. Well, as an ex-teacher I didn’t need to wait for next week’s magazine to help me I just got on, invented my own recipe and had a go with the flags using some stickers from the current magazine. George absolutely loved it and even remembered it some time later when he explained it all to our next door neighbour! “Cheesy Boats” is how George describes these. They are yummy!

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