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…in the matter of ‘roots’, especially potatoes, the Gaffer was recognized as the leading authority by all in the neighborhood (including himself).
Over at Fandom Foodies, we’ve been discussing all things Hobbit this month, especially as it concerns food. In talking about different foods found in Middle Earth, a member of the group mentioned the cooking mechanic in the Lord of the Rings Online game, and gave us this link to a list of all the foods you can make in LOTRO. I’ve never played this game, but I loved having a resource for foods and basic recipes that the people of Middle Earth might cook and eat, and I plan on referring to it frequently for cooking inspiration!
One of the dishes on this list that stood out to me was “Mince and Taters,” which is made of leeks, beef, carrot, taters, and herbs. Since this is a rather rustic dish, and since it has several root vegetables in it, I thought it might be something that the ol’ Gaffer would cook up. This is basic Shire fare at its very best, and it’s incredibly simple to make.
Fandom Foodies is hosted this month by Bryton Taylor of In Literature. We’ll be linking up Hobbit and Lord of the Rings recipes all month!
Gaffer's Mince and Tater Hash - A Lord of the Rings Recipe
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 leek sliced
- 2 carrots diced
- 3 large potatoes peeled and diced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 Tbsp. dried basil
Brown the ground beef in a large pan on the stove.
Transfer the cooked beef to a bowl. Set aside.
Add the veggies to the pan, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Return the ground beef to the pan, and add seasonings. Cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.