20 December 2012

-:- neep and tattie scones





Scotland will always have a special place in our hearts. We honeymooned there - and though we were on somewhat of a shoestring budget, we had an absolutely amazing time.

For Thanksgiving this year, we made neeps and tatties instead of plain mashed potatoes because we loved them when we had them in Scotland and because we feel a little bit better about eating mash if there are some turnips thrown in there too.

But instead of making a normal sized pot, we overestimated how much we'd need to feed our guests, made a humongous pot of them, and had a ton leftover. Not quite literally a ton, but close. And although we love them, there's only so much of one thing you can eat before you never want to see another helping of it again in your life. I definitely didn't want to get to that point with mash.


So back to Scotland for a minute - because we were on a shoestring budget, most of our lunches and dinners came from the grocery store. But our full-service Scottish breakfasts were usually complementary from whatever hotel we were staying at - and they usually included tattie scones. This, I discovered, is the ticket to preventing a mash overload. A variation on the tattie scone - neep and tattie scones.




Here's what to do:
Warm your leftover mash slightly in the microwave - 30 seconds should do it.
Mix two tablespoons of flour in with your mash and then continue adding and mixing in flour a tablespoon at a time until you have a nice dough. It's okay if it's a little sticky, but you don't want it to be so sticky that you can't handle it. You may need more or less flour than the recipe calls for, depending on how thick your neeps and tatties were originally.

Flatten into a disk and put flour on both sides.
Then, press into a circle until the dough is about 1/4" thick.
Cut a cross in your circle so you end up with four scones.


Melt the butter in a frying pan and cook the scones for about three minutes on each side over medium heat. I have found that the second side needs less time than the first.

Serve with a fried egg, a fried tomato, or some leftover cranberry sauce.


xox

11 comments:

  1. Ah, Scotland...one of my favorite places to visit. But I don't remember the scones. Sounds interesting. Love your pictures. Makes me want to go back.

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    1. Thanks! Yah, I could seriously live there and be very, very happy. :)

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  2. The scones look amazing!! Now I'm hungry :)

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    1. Thanks! Super simple too, especially if you're working with leftover neeps and tatties! :)

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  3. You have such an eye for design.

    Make these for me next time I visit?

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    1. Thanks! And of course! We'll do a full Scottish breakfast vegetarian-style one morning!

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  4. I apologize for my ignorance, but what are neeps and tatties?

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    1. No worries! Our version is a little different than the traditional version anyway. It's mashed potatoes and mashed turnips - usually they are served separately next to one another, but we combine ours. One less pot, etc. And...whenever we've had them in Scotland, they used yellow turnips, but we only ever see purple in our grocery stores, so that's what we use instead. It's so good!

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  5. Enjoyed seeing the cookies blog a couple of days ago, scones today, iPad now drooled upon! I so enjoy watching you enjoy life...I just said to Clair, I am very glad I know you, Casy, John, Clair, and Joe. It validates there is indeed light shining in this weary world (thanks to Shakespeare for that very apt line). Love you. Mom

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  6. Hope you had a Happy New Year. Looking forward to your next post :)

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