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Mandolin anyone?

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GezFox Fri 17-Jul-15 08:29:11

Fancy a crack at dauphinois potatoes but would I really need a mandolin? if I buy one will I get good use out of it?

princessvikki Fri 17-Jul-15 09:11:16

You don't really need a mandolin, I've made dauphinois lots of times without one, it just takes a longer to cut the potatoes thinly

JamNan Fri 17-Jul-15 10:23:12

Have you got a box grater that cuts larger slices?

GezFox Fri 17-Jul-15 11:00:46

Great ideas and will check the grater. Is it worth making? Some people say it can be quite bland

Tattersail Fri 17-Jul-15 11:20:00

It all really depends on how you season it. I like to make a sweet potato version with spinach and feta between each layer of potatoes. I'd also shove the milk/cream on the hob with a couple of garlic cloves or some chives/nutmeg in it before adding it to the potatoes. it is very heavy as a side dish though, we tend to have it with fish or grilled chicken breast otherwise it's just too much

princessvikki Fri 17-Jul-15 11:37:43

I sprinkle a bit of garlic and thyme between the layers of potatoes. It's yummy but heavy, I use quite a lot of milk to dilute the heavy cream a bit

antimatter Fri 17-Jul-15 15:00:13

What do you use to cut thinly sweet potato Tattersail?

evilgiraffe Fri 17-Jul-15 15:10:43

We have a mandolin, it makes slicing potatoes so quickly and easy. If you have a food processor it might have a slice-grate thing?

Dauphinoise potatoes are delicious, alternate layers of potato and onion, don't use too much cream/milk. The bottom layer becomes a wonderful gluey sheet of potato that I would cheerfully kill for smile

BlueKarou Fri 17-Jul-15 15:57:55

Don't buy one!!!

I have one; tried to use it to slice up some apples. The suction thing I was supposed to use to hole the apple being sliced just wasn't holding it, so I decided to do it by hand.

Spent 2 hours in A&E after slicing a fair portion of my little finger off.

Or, y'know, get one... but don't do what I did!

BrassicaBabe Fri 17-Jul-15 17:36:13

I've cut my fingers more times than I can remember on mine! The guard is shite. I once prepped for a dinner party with my hands in food bags as the blood kept seeping through dressings!! grin

cdtaylornats Fri 17-Jul-15 18:20:39

My sister has one and wears the chainmail glove she uses with her industrial sewing machine.

Dancingqueen17 Fri 17-Jul-15 18:47:57

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Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Fri 17-Jul-15 19:00:35

They are evil bastards. Oh, thought I, don't need this stupid potato holder thingy. Turns out I did, as I re-enacted the Texas chainsaw massacre.
But worth it for lovely dauphinois, shed loads of butter, salt and pepper. I use a knife.

KipT77 Fri 17-Jul-15 19:16:41

Ive also lost a bit of finger to mine. Haven't used it since. Evil items.

KipT77 Fri 17-Jul-15 19:17:36

Ive also lost a bit of finger to mine. Haven't used it since. Evil items. angry

whois Sat 18-Jul-15 10:52:17

I have this - it's amazing. Easy to use and easy to clean (dishwasher) and take up hardly any kitchen space. I don't think I would use one that required setting up and stuff.

You can buy gloves which are basically metal and protect your fingers from accidents. I haven't got one, and have so far been ok. I use it a lot.

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