Failsafe Recipes: Lunches and Snacks

Choko mash (V)

Sometimes called vegetable pears, chokoes are originally from Latin America, where they are known as chayote. They can be as a fruit (stewed with sugar and optionally a pear or golden delicious apple) or a vegetable. Here is a Mexican recipe:

2tsp canola oil
1 large leek, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 large chokoes (about 1 kg), chopped
6 medium potatoes (about 1.2 kg), chopped
50 gm butter or Nuttelex
2 tbsp chopped parsley

Heat oil in small pan and cook leek and garlic, stirring until leek is soft - about 5 mins. Boil, steam or microwave chokoes and potatoes separately until tender. Chokoes (with ΒΌ water) will take about 10 minutes on high in the microwave, 15 minutes steamed. Drain and puree chokoes with leek mixture in blender or processor. Drain potatoes and mash with butter. Combine both mixtures and push through sieve into a large bowl. Stir parsley through. Serves 4-6.