We love potatoes, and I am happy to eat them every day. And as a foodie blogger, I am always on the lookout for new products, so I was pleased to try new varieties of potatoes from Tesco.
As the member of the Orchard tatties programme, I received several money-off vouchers for myself and my friends (ranging from £1.50 to £0.50 off). You can use these vouchers both in store and online (I do online grocery shopping from Tesco).
|Blue Belle potatoes with wild mushrooms and baked eggs|
I have put two different varieties of potatoes in my shopping cart: Blue Belle and Venezia.
Blue Belle appealed to me, as they look very pretty, with purple "freckles" on creamy skin. Having read that they have a delicate and slightly sweet flavour, that's perfect for mashing or baking, that's the spud I wanted to try first. They remind me of my favourite King Edward potato in shape and pattern, only with darker speckles. They have a floury texture.
Blue Belle potatoes are great in roast dishes, either roasted on their own in the olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and nutmeg, or with garlic cloves, thyme and mushrooms.
|Blue Belle potatoes|
The very first simple dish I tried them in was Roast potatoes with wild mushrooms and baked eggs (see the photo below). They crisp nicely, staying fluffy and soft inside.
You will need:
2 big potatoes
a pack of wild mushrooms (100g, I used tesco Finest wild mushrooms)
2tbsp olive oil
2 medium eggs
a sprinkling of thyme
Cube the potatoes and parboil them in salted water. Drain the water, mix the potatoes with the olive oil and put them in the roasting dish in the oven preheated to 180C. Cook for about 20-25 minutes. Tear the wild mushrooms and give them a quick fry (about 3 minutes) before adding to the potatoes (15 minutes after you started roasting the potatoes). In the last five minutes of cooking, break two eggs into the potato-mushroom mix. Bake the eggs to your liking, either runny, semi-soft or hard. Serve hot with a good chunk of bread to dip into the dish.
I have also made chicken soup for my children with Blue Belle potatoes. It is a good all-rounder. Having tried this variety last week, I bought a new bag of Blue Belle this week as well.
The photo below is Blue Belle roasted with the olive oil and halved garlic.
It was a side dish to serve with chipolatas roasted with the roasted red pepper jam (Pelagonia veg jams are delightful). It was a great combination of flavours and textures.
All in all, a great spud. I am glad to discover it, and I am happy to recommend it.
Our score: 10/10
|Chipolatas with red pepper jam and roast Blue Belle potatoes|
The next spud to try had a beautiful name - Venezia. It is an early salad potato which could be boiled or steamed for salads or roasted whole. These potatoes are smaller in size if compared to Blue Belle, and have a firmer smoother texture when cooked.
Once cooked, they have a buttery taste. I used them to make a Potato and shrimp salad for lunch.
8 small size potatoes
1 onion, sliced thinly
lemon juice, about 1tsp
1/2 tsp sugar
1 apple, sliced thinly
4 cornichons, chopped
200g cooked shrimps
2tbsp olive oil
You will need to cook the potatoes first, drain the water. Slice the potatoes thinly and arrange them on the plates. Thinly slice the onion, then using your hands, squeeze them quite roughly, you want them to get rather soft and floppy, add lemon juice and season with sea salt and half a teaspoon of sugar or honey. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix the cooked shrimps, chopped cornichons and apple as well as the onions. Add the olive oil. Place the shrimp mix on top of the sliced potatoes. Serve at once.
This variety was another winner. Absolutely perfect as a salad potato, as it keeps its shape when sliced.
And it tastes lovely.
There are two other potato varieties in Tesco Finest range, Elfe and Exquisa, and I am going to try them as well, so watch this space for more reviews.
Have you tried any of Tesco Finest potatoes? What did you think?
Disclosure: as a member of the Orchard at Tesco programme I received money-off vouchers to use as a discount. All opinions and recipe suggestions are mine.