Road Test Tuesday – Masha (by Prep) with a Bonus Recipe!

Masha (by Prep)

When I was first contacted about testing this Masha, I jumped at the chance!  I LOVE perfect Mash and anything that’s going to save me time and effort in creating that is music to my ears!

This is what they say about the Masha:

The easy-to-operate Masha can create restaurant-quality mash with a perfect consistency and no lumps, all in just seconds. Unlike conventional cutting blades that over-process and rupture the starch grains in potato producing glue like mash, the Masha’s innovative design works to create the best mash every time. The Masha uses patented Rotor Cone technology, which allows the motor to gently squeeze potato through the outer mesh at a safe, low speed. As the Masha has no blade it is safe for the whole family. A quick-release rotor makes the product easy to clean, while its compact design allows for easy storage. Masha is also safe for dishwashers and friendly on non-stick pots. 

Right.  Well since I’d give almost anything for another groovy kitchen gadget – I’m in! (Although if you must know – I was hooked when I read  “20 second mash” on the box).

We tried out the Masha the first night it came home and all of us were really impressed with what it could do. Its light enough that  Miss N could easily handle it and I wasn’t so worried about her inuring herself as the blades are plastic and are held within the unit so its almost impossible to get fingers caught.   The fact you can stick the rotary end in the dishwasher is a big bonus for me (I HATE handwashing stuff.  If I can’t put things in the dishwasher, I normally don’t bother buying them).  I would suggest however, that you rinse the Rotar Blade and mesh casing really well before putting it on to wash, as the first time I used mine I still had little bits of potato stuck to the blades and openings (even though I had given it a quick rinse…too quick as it turns out!).

The other thing I really like about this Masha is that you can not only mash Potato, Pumpkin and the like, but it can also be used to mix and whip up things like dips, guacamole and even baby food.  Apparently it can even rub butter into flour for baking!  I used it to whip up a cheese sauce, to puree vegetable soup and even filling for Vol-U-Vents and it worked perfectly for those!!

Masha16           Masha showing blades

I did test it out pretty well and have added here my favourite recipe I created using the Masha:

Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Parsley Mash

Serves 4

Moroccan Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Parsley mash

YOU WILL NEED:

2 large Chicken Breasts (halved into 2 thin but full size fillets)

2 teaspoons ground Cumin

2 teaspoons ground Coriander Seed

2 teaspoons ground Paprika

2 teaspoons Dried Thyme

1 teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper

1 teaspoon Salt

1 x large (or 2 x small) potato per person

2 x wedges of Preserved lemon – diced

1 x handful fresh parsley, finely chopped

1/2 cup cream

50g butter (unsalted)

White pepper & Salt (for mash)

1 x clove garlic whole – skin left on

THE HOW TO:

Peel & Chop your potatoes and add them to a pot of boiling water, along with a pinch of salt and your garlic clove. Cook until a knife cuts through the potato easily.  Drain and set aside to keep warm:

Meanwhile…

Lay out a large sheet of baking paper.  Sprinkle half of your spice mix (Cumin, Coriander Seed, Thyme, Paprika, S & P) over one side and lay your chicken breasts on top.  Sprinkle the remaining spice mix over the top of the chicken and then fold over the other half of the baking paper;

Grab a rolling pin or similar and give the chicken a bit of a smack a few times to flatten the thicker ends and make sure they are all of an even thickness.  This will also help the spice mix to stick to the chicken;

Cook your chicken on a BBQ or hot grill until just done.  Depending on the thickness of your chicken it should only be about 3 – 4 minutes each side; Set aside under some foil to rest.

Grab your potatoes now and add your butter.  Using the Masha, whizz it up for about 10 seconds before adding your butter, cream, white pepper & salt;

Now add your garlic clove (squeeze it out of its skin) and mix for another 20 seconds or so.  You will see how well (and how fast!!) the Masha makes the potatoes super creamy and perfectly smooth.

When you are happy with the consistency, add your diced lemon and chopped parsley and mix with a spoon before serving onto pre-heated plates;

Slice up your chicken (I like to soak the slices in the juices a minute to keep it super tender!) and add to your plate of zesty mash.

A small dish of Harissa & Yogurt would make a cheeky addition to this meal.

I hope you enjoy!! Our Family Certainly Did!!

The Masha is available for $59.95 from Myer, Harvey Norman and online at  www.prepstore.com.au

I was not paid to endorse the Masha (and no, I don’t work for Prep) however I did receive one to test out.  All opinions here are my own, Himself’s and those of our kids.

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