Kumara ideas?

Thank you for the recipes chaps - they sound very nice. We did end up doing a souffle though which was delicious, but I am always looking for interesting ways with kumara.

Chef_village.green, Jan 1, 8:47 am

Here's an Amanda Laird recipe from the NZ Herald a couple of years ago. It's really tasty and a bit different to the usual:

3 kumara
1 large fennel bulb
Olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 red capsicums
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 rashers of streaky bacon
100g feta
Fresh thyme
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 200ºC. Peel and slice the kumara into rounds. Season and spread out on an oven tray.
Cut the core from the fennel bulb, discard then cut the fennel into lengths. Toss with a tablespoon of olive oil and the cumin seeds, spread out on another oven tray.
Core and remove the seeds from the capsicums. Slice, season, drizzle with olive oil and bake along with the other ingredients for 30 minutes. Cook the bacon under a hot grill until crisp
Layer the ingredients on serving plates then crumble over the feta. Scatter fresh thyme and drizzle each plate with extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

Chef_jynx66, Jan 1, 8:55 am

Mashed with crushed pineapple is lovely :-)

Chef_sun-flower, Jan 1, 10:50 am

Made this tonight with our BBQ. Boiled kumara, cut up when cold.
Mix 1/4 C sour cream, 1/4 C mayo, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 3 spring onions. Stir through kumara. Can sprinkle with chopped walnuts if desired. Yum.

Chef_molly37, Jan 1, 6:54 pm

Cut kumera into wedges, add 1 T oil and mix well. Mix together ½ teasp onion powder, ½ teasp gd cumin, ½ teasp turmeric, salt & pepper. Sprinkle spices over kumera and toss. Put onto a tray lined with baking paper and bake @ 180C for 20 mins until kumera wedges are cooked through. Serve as a side to your meal or as a snack with sour cream or aoli.

Chef_nauru, Jan 1, 7:13 pm

Bump for more ideas.

Chef_bedazzledjewels, Mar 22, 9:12 am

I make a kumera salad the same as potato salad, adding chickpeas & chopped coriander with a curry mayo for the dressing. Makes a change to good old pot salad.

Chef_nauru, Mar 22, 7:25 pm

Baked and stuffed with chopped bacon, grated onion, parsley, or spinach and feta.
Good old beef/beer casserole with orange kumera honey mash topped with a few toasted macadima nuts is nice in the winter
Kumera and Orange salad is yum.

Chef_fifie, Mar 23, 9:35 am

Kumara soup, Edmonds Cookbook recipe - http://vanityfeir.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/kumara-soup.html

Sweet and spicy. Delicious.

Chef_mjhdeal, Mar 23, 10:38 am

Roasted?
Or souffle maybe.
3 eggs, mix with mashed kumara, a tbsp or so of chopped cooked onion, 1/2 cup grated cheese.
Mix in beaten whites then bake 30 mins or so, until golden.

Chef_lythande1, Mar 23, 4:03 pm

Kumara and Feta Fritters with Cucumber Salsa
Peter Gordon recipe from a NZ House & Garden Mag

1 Cucumber, peeled and seeded
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Small handful basil leaves
1 lemon , zest and juice
1/4 cup olive oil
500grm cooked kumara
1 egg plus 1 egg white
1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
3 tablespoons flour
Butter or oil for frying
150g thick yoghurt

Make salsa first . cut cucumber small chunks
Mix with pine nuts, basil,lemon zest, juice and olive oil . Chill .

Mash kumara and mix with eggs, breadcrumbs,feta,and paprika.
Divide mixture into 12 and roll into balls. Roll in flour then flatten slightly.
Fry in batches 4-5 mins each side or until golden and crisp.
Serve with salsa and a dollop of yoghurt on top .

Chef_jbsouthland, Mar 23, 4:38 pm

K U M A R A - G R A T I N

This is a really easy dish to make - EVERYBODY loves it!
Great for BBQs and also a great dish on a cold night.
It's easy to change a few ingredients to make it suit your taste even add a few other vegies and it's delicious the next day too!

Ingredients
• 4-5 Kumaras (or potatoes or a mixture of both)
• 4 Rashers of bacon (or use bacon bits)
• 1 Onion Chopped
• 1 Packet of Maggi Bacon and Onion soup mix
• Some cream
• 1 cup Grated Cheese
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
2. Fry bacon & Onion together (or separately)
3. Peel and slice Kumara
4. Mix the soup mix, sauteed onions and bacon and some cheese and some cream through the kumara slices.
5. Pile the whole lot into large baking dish.
6. Cover a little more with Grated Cheese and pour over a little more cream
7. Bake in oven for around 45 mins to an hour

Chef_carlosjackal, Mar 23, 5:43 pm

This is a very easy but lovely accompaniment. Because we both like blue cheese that is our preferred topping however plain Edam is a very good alternative if no blue cheese is available or it doesn't appeal.

KUMARA DELIGHT
cooked kumara
butter, optional
unsweetened crushed pineapple, well-drained
grated Edam/cheddar or blue cheese and raw sugar

Mash the kumara, with a little butter if using. Add and mix in the pineapple, then place the mixture in an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with the cheese and then, a light sprinkling of raw sugar.
Bake at 180°C for about 10 minutes, until nicely browned on top. :-))

Chef_245sam, Mar 23, 5:57 pm

Wondered if anybody had any ideas what to do with some golden kumara for dinner. Can't think. We are having the last of the cold pork and possibly ham for dinner and I want to use the kumara in some way, maybe fritters or another way? will also do some veg, will just be a light dinner for us.
Thanks.

Chef_village.green, Dec 31, 2:05 pm

Roasted Kumara & Carrot Salad
500g of red kumara peeled and chopped into 2cm chunks and 300g carrots chopped into 1 cm chunks. Boil these until tender (I roasted them), 1/2 small red onion finely chopped, 1 garlic clove, crushed, 1 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tbsp honey, 2/3 cup canola oil and a small tin of crushed pineapple in juice (include the juice), handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped roughly, salt and pepper.

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tinkagirl (55 ) 9:09 pm, Mon 23 Dec #6

Being addicted to the New World version , this is the closest we have come to getting a similar taste. Used green curry paste instead of curry powder, and we we fighting for the left overs on boxing day, even better .
Nom nom nom, we had it with roast pork by the way, and will be doing this instead of roast veges in the future, the perfect accompaniment

Chef_westigal, Dec 31, 2:46 pm

Kumera & Cashew warm salad.
Dice 2 Kumera, cook to similar firmness as potato salad.

In a pan, brown 1 onion in 100g butter, 2tsp curry powder (or just as much as you like to taste) stir this mix thru your diced kumera.

Roast a big handful of cashew nuts and stir thru just before serving.

Chef_xtownie, Dec 31, 3:13 pm

Boil kumara until tender. Drain, cool and cut into wedges. Fry in butter over medium heat until golden brown, sprinkle with salt. Watch carefuly as kumara burn more quickly than potatoes.

Chef_davidt4, Dec 31, 5:11 pm

I make mine into fritters.

I grate the kumera with a finally chopped onion, herbs etc (if you like them). S&P Add an egg and a little bit of flour so they stick together.

I put a drizzle of oil in a roasting dish and heat. Add spoonful lots of the veggies and squish into a fritter. Bake at about 180c and when underside crisp, flip the fritters untill other side crisp. serve with a sprinkle of salt. mmmmm yum.

Chef_mumstu, Dec 5, 1:55 pm

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