Za'atar Smashed Roasties with Whipped Harissa Tofu

Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
Super simple
1:45 h

Everyone is making smashed potatoes at the moment - so we wanted to get in on the act and create something unique. We've decided to dust ours with Za'atar, a delightful Middle Eastern spice mix, and then let them rest of a creamy bed of whipped harissa tofu. Think whipped feta, but plant-based. This bad boy would make a wonderful side dish at any BBQ or dinner party, and we can't wait for you to try it out.

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For the fried shallots

<item-todo-done>250g banana shallots<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>500ml flavourless oil<item-todo-done>

For the whipped tofu

<item-todo-done>280g firm tofu, including the liquid<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>4 tbsp plant-based mayonnaise<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 lemon<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp Dijon mustard<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>3 tbsp harissa paste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp cayenne pepper<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp smoked paprika<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp red wine vinegar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp flavourless oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>½ tsp salt<item-todo-done>

For the za’atar roast potatoes

<item-todo-done>750g baby new potatoes<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>4 tbsp reserved shallot frying or extra virgin olive oil<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp sea salt<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 lemon zest<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 tsp nigella seeds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>15g fresh thyme<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> salt and pepper to taste<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> large handful sesame seeds<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>2 spring onions<item-todo-done><item-todo-done>1 tsp za'atar<item-todo-done><item-todo-done> Drizzle of red wine vinegar<item-todo-done>

To serve

<item-todo-done> handful of fresh coriander<item-todo-done>

Before you start

Oven preheated to 190˚C, fan setting | Baking tray lined with baking paper | Powerful blender | Saucepan | Kitchen roll | Kitchen spider or slotted spoon

For the crispy shallots

  • Peel and slice the shallots around 2-4mm thick (avoid going too thin), and add to a saucepan with the cold oil.
  • Bring the oil up to boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for half an hour until the shallots are golden and crispy.
  • Strain out the shallots with a kitchen spider if you have, otherwise a metallic sieve or colander | Drain onto a baking tray lined with kitchen roll and set aside.
  • Reserve the shallot cooking oil to roast the potatoes, and add the rest to a jar once cool - it can be used in place of your normal cooking oil whenever you need a quick flavour boost!

Make the whipped tofu

  • Tear the tofu into large chunks and add to a blender with the juice of the lemon and the remaining ingredients.
  • Blitz until completely smooth, adding more water or some flavourless oil as needed to loosen the mix to a spreadable consistency.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste

Make the za’atar potatoes

  • Boil the new potatoes for 20 minutes until soft in salted water.
  • Pick and chop the thyme leaves, and finely slice the spring onions.
  • Drain and pat the potatoes dry, then lightly crush with a glass on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Drizzle the crushed potatoes with the reserved shallot or olive oil, lemon zest, nigella seeds, chopped fresh thyme, salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  • Roast for 30 minutes, then scatter over the raw sesame seeds.
  • Cook for a further 10 minutes until golden and crispy.
  • Sprinkle over the za’atar, sliced spring onions, red wine vinegar and fresh coriander, and toss to coat.

Time to serve

  • Spread the whipped tofu out on a large round serving platter.
  • Top with the potatoes, crispy shallots, more fresh coriander and za’atar.
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