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Friday, 16 November 2012

Some Tasty Boursin, Potatoes and Another Giveaway



I have to admit it . . . I hold my hand up.  I have a thing for Boursin Cheese.    It's not something which I had actually ever tasted before I moved over here to the UK, but it is something which I very quickly fell in love with my very first taste.

That's why I gladly accepted the recent offer to try out their new Fig & Nut flavour, which is out just in time for the holidays.

From their page:  A captivating combination of bitter and sweet, soft and hard. The creamy texture of the cheese gives way to the contrasting soft chewy texture of the fig and the harder crunch of the nut pieces. 

I have always been a big fan of their Garlic & Herb and the Black Pepper Variety . . . as well as their Boursin Light.  They taste wonderful and have such a lovely creamy texture.



We could not resist digging in to it and just indulging ourselves with it spread onto some Italian Crackers which I had in the cupboard.  It was fabulous . . .  just what you would expect from Boursin.  Each bite had  a depth of sweetness from the figs, a bit of crunch from the nuts . . . and that creamy Boursin tang which we both love!  It was half gone before we knew it!  *smack!*

I also love to use my Boursin for cooking with.  Seriously.  It's great in sauces, for on pasta and in gravies. It makes the most fabulous mash.  Just stir a package of it into your mash and allow it to melt . . . the Herb & Garlic is especially nice this way, but so is the Black Pepper.

I decided to try something out with this lovely Fig and Nut mixture . . . the whole time I was munching on it I was thinking . . . this would be fabulous in a Sweet Potato Mash!



And guess what!!  It was just wonderful!!  When I worked at the Manor down South, American Thanksgiving was a really big deal every year.  I would work really hard for days before the Holiday and then be on my feet for at least 15 hours on the actual day preparing all of the dishes that were required of me . . . one being this gross Sweet Potato Souffle that they just loved, which to me seemed more like dessert than a side dish . . . it was good, but not really my cup of tea.  I think it was all those marshmallows on top that I didn't like very much . . .

 

There's no marshmallows in this delicious Sweet Potato Casserole!  Just roasted sweet potatoes and some of that lovely Fig and Nut Boursin Cheese . . .

It's very, very good . . . I think I found us a brand new favourite.  Move over Marshmallow Sweet Potato Souffle . . . this tasty dish is the tops!



*Sweet Potato, Fig and Nut Casserole*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Don't knock it til you try it.  This works fabulously together.

4 large sweet potatoes, washed and unpeeled
1 package (150g) of Boursin Fig & Nut Soft cheese,
 at room temperature
buttered bread crumbs (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.

Place your washed sweet potatoes onto a baking tray and pop them into the preheated oven.  Bake them for about an hour, until they are very soft and a fork inserted into one, slips in very easily.  Remove them from the oven and let cool for a few minutes, until you can just handle them.

Cut a bit off the end of each and just let the cooked sweet potato slip out of it's skin into a large bowl.  Mash well with a fork, adding the softened cheese and stirring it though.  Spoon this mixture into a buttered shallow casserole dish.  Top with the buttered crumbs if using.

Return to the oven and cook for a further 15 minutes or so or until the top is beginning to caramelize a bit and the crumbs are browned.

 

Like I said I love, LOVE to cook with Boursin.  I often stir it into mash . . . and use it as a topper for my Shepherds or Cottage Pies!  But the thing I love to do with it the most is to make these fabulous Boursin Souffled Baked Potatoes!

 

These are so, So, SO good!!  The cheese is melted all through the potato, giving it a fabulous flavour . . . and the whole mixture souffle's up when it's baked . . . so you get that crisp lightly browned exterior . . . but the inside are soft and fluffy and oh so moreishly good!



*Boursin Souffled  Baked Potatoes*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

The tastiest, easiest stuffed baked potatoes you could ever want to eat.

4 medium sized baking potatoes
1 (150g) package of Garlic & Herb Boursin Cheese, at room temperature
2 TBS butter
a bit of milk

Preheat your oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Wash your baking potatoes well, dry and then prick each of  them with a fork in several places.  Place the clean and dry potatoes in the oven, right on the oven rack.  (Don't worry, it's ok!)

Roast for about an hour  to one hour and fifteen minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through and yield when softly pressed.  (Don't press too hard, or they might explode!)  Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool just until you can handle them.  Cut a thin slice from off the top of each and discard.  Carefully scoop out all of the insides of each potato into a bowl, taking care not to tear the skin.  Mash very well with the butter, cheese and milk, until you have a smooth mixture.  You only need enough milk to help make it a bit fluffy.  Taste and adjust seasoning with some salt and pepper if desired.  Spoon the mash back into the potatoes, place them into a baking dish and return them to the oven.  Bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, until the filling souffles up and begins to brown.  Serve immediately.

And . . . just when you thought I had nothing else to share . . . look at this!

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Win a Cooler Bag Of Boursin Products

 To celebrate the launch of Boursin’s delicious new Special Edition Fig & Nut flavour this Christmas, we’re offering one lucky winner the chance to win a cooler bag full of Boursin products to enjoy. Boursin’s new seasonal variety is an aromatic blend of sweet succulent figs and crunchy mixed nuts, combined with its signature creamy, crumbly soft cheese. Savour the flavour as part of your cheese board this Christmas or spread on ciabatta, drizzle with olive oil and top with prosciutto to create a fig and parma ham bruschetta - perfect served as a stylish appetiser during the festive party season. The cooler bag will include a variety of the Boursin range, including Boursin Garlic & Herb, Black Pepper and Boursin tomato, onion & chive flavour.

For more information about Boursin, head to www.boursin.co.uk. 

Unfortunately I can only offer this giveaway to residents of mainland UK.  But if you are a resident of the UK and want to be included, please leave a comment below, adding a notation to say that you are a mainland UK resident.  I will be picking one lucky winner on Monday, November 19th.  I wish I could give one to each of you, but alas . . . I cannot. 

CONTEST CLOSED - winner will be announced tommorrow!

128 comments:

April said...

I don't like the marshmallow sweet potato thing either. Wait till you see mine in a few weeks! I love Boursin too, the only thing I like more is Le Roule. Mmmm... Those potatoes look delicious!! I'm definitely going to try them!
~April

Grace said...

Oooh, I've wanted to try that fig boursin for a while, I definitely will now that you've given it the seal of approval. I'm in London and would love to win a bag of boursin!

Knattyknitter said...

I found the new fig Boursin in my local Tesco or was it Sainsbury's here in Bristol. My husband absolutely loved it. Winning a bag of Boursin would enable many delicious tasting of their varied products including adding it to other dishes. Never tried that before but the sweet potato dish sounds like a good Sunday roast accompaniment! Thanks for another great idea!

Gill said...

I'm in the UK and I'd love to win some Boursin!

chrissie said...

I haven't seen the fig variety on sale yet but it sounds delicious and so I must go hunting for it. If its only half as good as the others then its a winner! I live in the uk and would love to be entered for your giveaway.
Thanks.

Pat said...

Hi Marie! We have SO much in common! I too love Boursin cheese and am in my element when we go to France because they have more varieties of it than we do here!

I'd love to join in your giveaway, thanks for organising it!

Love to you, Todd and Mitzie! xx

Katarzyna said...

Hi,

I love your blog cause it's full of delicious and tested recipes. I often visit your blog for inspiration and ideas.

I would love to win in your giveaway as I think bag full of Boursin is one of the best prizes there are.

I am going to try you pork and apple pie on Sunday!

Sandie said...

Hi Marie

Boursin is one of my favourites for spreading on crackers for a light lunch. Winning a bagful would be fabulous!

Have a good weekend.

Sarah said...

Ooo I love the look of all your recipes, boursin is one of my favourites I like to eat it straight from the packet! I haven't seen the new fig flavour I will have to have a look for it next time I am at the supermarket. Sarah, Abergavenny, Wales

petoskystone said...

What a luscious giveaway :) Those potatoes look wonderful...ever so much better than marshmallowed sweet potatoes!

Sarah Leslie said...

Just made a baked sweet potato for lunch... shame I hadn't seen this beforehand! I'm in the UK, love how Boursin's no longer constricted to French holidays :)

La Table De Nana said...

I just want to say I cannot wait to try that one:)

Sophie Hedley said...

Love Boursin!

I'd also love to win, and I'm from mainland UK.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win so I can experiment with this.

(Vicky.limerick@hotmail.co.uk)

Lynn said...

I love boursin, spread a load over the base of a quiche before adding the other ingredients, tastes superb.
I'd love to win a bag of boursin.

akittensmittens said...

I'm mainland UK and I love Boursin in baked potato with bacon!

Gilla01 said...

Love boursin. My especially favourite way is with crackers and pickled onions, although I do agree it's good for cooking as well. Goes very well with pasta for a quick meal.
I'm mainland UK.

Cheeky said...

Mainland UK here - we love Boursin - on anything! Please enter me in the competition x

Lloyd Samantha said...

What a great blog, lot of exciting new ideas to try.
I woul love to win and try some of your amazing recipes.
I am mainland UK

caroles said...

I love Boursin with crusty French bread - am in mainland Uk

Emma said...

Ooh, me me pick me *holds hand up super straight* :D

I'm from mainland, UK x

talesofpiglingbland said...

Fig and Nut?! That sounds amazing! A drizzle of balsamic and you're off to a whole world of exciting recipes. I would love the hamper. mmmm

Mimi said...

Mainland UK person here just bursting for some lovely Boursin products! x

Jan Roberts said...

Fig and nut sounds unbelievably delicious - UK mainlander here !

Adele Hill said...

I'm in the UK and I would love to win some Boursin!

Rachel said...

I'm going to have a go at making your cheesy potatoes - they look yummy! Of course, it would be easier to try if I won! (I am a UK mainland resident.)

David Kerr said...

I'd love some Boursin, and I'm in mainland UK !

Debbie Stanley said...

I have just discovered your blog and think it's great. I love Boursin and quite often stir it into fried mushrooms at the last minute to given them an extra depth

Anonymous said...

Can't go wrong with just about any Boursin flavour on a crispy fluffy jacket potato!

I'm a UK resident at emmapeel334@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks

Anonymous said...

I love the jacket potato recipe.
ilive in cheshire

Pooky said...

Yummy! Please enter me into your prize draw. I live in London. Thanks.

Jan Atkinson said...

Please include me in the draw! I am a mainland UK resident.

jatkinson031990@gmail.com

Farhana Haque said...

Yes please :)

I am a UK resident.

@muslimahi (twitter)

Mark A said...

I'm from mainland UK. Boursin tastes even better when it's a competition win!

Wyrley Bird said...

I am in manland UK and would love to be included please. I love Boursin

Julia said...

I'm from mainland UK and would love to enter this giveaway.

Lyn B said...

Looks delish! I am a mainland UK resident.

@lynmorris64

MrsNumbles said...

Oh. And. MY. O.O Even if I don't win, I'm going on the hunt for that fig Boursin!

(Londoner here!)

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway
@jen1984j

Lorna F said...

Delicious sweet potato recipe, thanks, will have to try it out soon. I am a UK mainland resident and would love to enter this giveaway

@LFlear (Twitter)

Hannah Wilding said...

Mmm, Boursin is lovely. I'm from mainland UK and would love to win this :)

@hannahwilding1 (twitter)

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm lovely recipes, almost food porn...lol. I love Boursin and the cooler bag would come in useful for picnics. I confirm I am a mainland UK resident

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Oh yes! I LOVE the sound of those Boursin Stuffed baked tatties!!
mary x

Anonymous said...

I'm in UK ..great comp ..looks yummy!

miss_v62(at)yahoo.co.uk

philiboy said...

Boursin Suffed potatoes - just whats needed to warm up these dreary November evenings. I'm a resident of mainland UK

Martin Cherry said...

Sounds lovely. I would really love to try the fig Boursin. It sounds a lovely combination.
I live in mainland UK

Donna chapman said...

Umm, recipes look scrummy. Please enter me into your giveaway, I live on the mainland uk.

emmav6 said...

would love to be in with a chance of winning such a fab hamper :)
i am in mainland uk
@emmav6

handmadetsunami said...

I can never find these new flavours of Boursin :( They sound so yummy. I live on mainland UK resident

jayne bojang said...

Ooooo delicious!

Piperty said...

I'm in England. Can't wait to make those jacket potatoes!

lindsey said...

Hi Marie,
This looks delicious, would love to see the bag of goodies winging it's way to Bonnie Scotland!

Barbara Bunning said...

I love Boursin! slice a pocket in a chicken breast, put some in (I like garlic and herb) add a bag leaf, wrap the whole lot up in parma ham and bake for 25 minutes - Yum Yum. I am a resident of mainland UK

Alison Eden said...

I am a UK Mainland resident. I love Boursin and will definately try some of your recipes.

happysouls said...

Hi, thanks for the competition, I love Boursin! I'm a UK mainland resident.

Val Swift said...

I'm a resident of mainland UK, great giveaway I would love to win this!

sarahlouisa said...

Would love to try out these! I am a mainland UK resident.

sarahlouisa90@gmail.com

anna brown said...

Oooh! I love Boursin!

I live in the UK.

Thank you

xannalbrownx@gmail.com

NataliaS said...

Discovered Boursin recently, and it is delicious. I am in Somerset and would like to win

Peanutbunny said...

I LOVE Bousin! I would love to win this delish Bousin giveaway and feed my cheese addiction! :) I am a mainland UK resident.

Zoep321 said...

These recipes look yummy.

I am from mainland uk

Olivia B said...

Du Pain, Du Vin, Du BOURSIN!!!

I love Boursin, it's so delicious and versatile!

angie mummy said...

i love Boursin!

angie mummy said...

ps i am a mainland uk resident xx

prwilson said...

I am a mainland UK resident. I'd love to try these Boursin products.

Silas said...

Credibility Alert

While I sometimes look at your site I hate it when food bloggers willingly take the shilling from PR companies who know that bloggers will write any positive pap.

gemma clark said...

mmm i adore Boursin one of the very best cheeses, i love it on cracker bread or made into a sauce for garlic muchrooms and topped on Bruchetta :)

I am from mainland UK

debwh142 said...

I saw the fig boursin and wondered what it would be like - now that I have read your comments I will definitely try it
I am a mainland UK resident

Linzi2484 said...

Great giveaway love boursin products. I am in the UK. @linziwoopp

djsanderson said...

Boursin is great for throwing in so many dishes, used it most recently in mushroom soup. I am in the UK

Marie said...

Silas, I find your comment very offensive. I pride myself on my integrity, and have always been very honest with my readers. If I have a problem with something I say so, and vice versa. I have not been paid to write this. I was merely asked to try their new cheese. I have always liked Boursin Cheese, and I was happy to try out their newest flavour, which I truly really enjoyed. If I hadn't liked it I would have said so. I think you owe me and my other readers an apology. Your comments are uncalled for and rude.

twannywun said...

I love boursin!!I am a a mainland UK resident
karen s
twannywun at hotmail dot com

Vanessa said...
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Vanessa said...

Fab comp! I love Boursin too, but alas I cannot enter as I don't live in mainland UK (I'm in Northern Ireland). Good luck everyone!

scrumpy said...

I am IN LOVE with those potatoes! Live on Mainland UK

ali thorpe said...

I haven't seen the fig Boursin yet but I would like to try it. Boursin is one of those products that we keep in the fridge as it has that versatility.

I am a UK resident.

Ruth_Marianna said...

I would love to try the jacket potatoes. I feel hungrey just looking at it.

helen said...

LOVE boursin one of my favourite things!

Im in Bristol

sweetiepie82 said...

Er - Boursin = Yum!! I am obsessed with this magic food. Oh, and I'm a mainland UK resident :)

@MrsD_Winchester x

Lauren Williams said...

I am a UK resident and I love Boursin so please include me!

HorrorQueen said...

Some of that food looks utterly delish, I love the garlic & herb Boursin, I have it on jacket spuds instead of butter

I am a mainland UK resident

Curiosita said...

I'm in the UK mainland and I'd love to win some Boursin! Fave way is spread on pastry with some vegetables and baked.

cheryl100 said...

Would love to win, I'm from mainland uk :)

rugmaker said...

Would love to win. I am from mainland UK.

Catherine Miller said...

I'm drooling after reading this post. I have to confess, I've never used bousin in recipes, but am inspired to now. I will be putting the new Fig & Nut flavour on my shopping list :)

I am a mainland UK resident.

@katylittlelady

christine said...

mmmnnn those recipes look yum, can't wait to try some. I live in the uk

Alison Clark Clark said...

Hi I live in the uk and love the trditional garlic and herb , i haven't seen the fig one yet and although your recipes look fab can't see it beating the garlic and herb in my book :)

Jackie ONeill said...

mainland UK resident. Garlic and Herb is my fav and I love to serve with pasta

Grace Lavender said...

Mainland UK resident :), I love Boursin very flavourful

V said...

I am a UK resident and I love Boursin...

Kate Andrews said...

Boursin is our christmas treat with crackers!
I would love to be entered into this competition and I live in mainland UK

legs21 said...

I've wanted to try that fig boursin for a while, I definitely will now that you've given it the seal of approval. I'm in Bedfordshire and would love to win a bag of boursin

HelenA said...

Great giveaway! Would love to try Boursin's new Fig & Nut flavour.

I live in mainland UK, so would love to be included.

Lo-Lo said...

Count me in please, I live in the Midlands ;)

cmutter said...

Mmmm this post is making me hungry!

I'm from mainland uk and would love to be included in the givaway.

Thanks a lot x

(christine mutter, c.mutter@sky.com)

hazel rush said...

I love Boursin! I'm a uk mainland resident !!

Caroline said...

The fig and nut sounds great. I wonder if it would be good with pasta? I'm mainland UK and I love cheese!

doovayduck said...

mmm... I'd love to win this! I'm a mainland uk resident :)

MB said...

I'm a mainland UK resident. Wish me luck, love Boursin!

Alison said...

In the mainland uk, fingers crossed love Boursin @ali991

natz101 said...

Great blog!! :)

I would love some Boursin goodies and I am a mainland UK resident

lastkisstoo said...

I would love a chance to win this thank you! I'm a big Boursin fan and live in mainland UK.
I'm not a sweet potato fan but my vegetarian daughter is - I'm going to try your dish as part of our xmas meal for her - I think she will really like it :)

Louise Bowman said...

I love Boursin and I live in Mainland UK!

lou.bowmanb24@gmail.com

leigh larkin said...

Hmm! So many interesting things to try! I'm in Oxfordshire and would love this prize!

Wendy Tolhurst said...

I live in Kent and would love to win the Boursin gift - the whole family enjoy it.

Alison Culverhouse said...

I live in Mainland UK and would love to win your Boursin prize!

Lesley Walsh said...

Your recipes look yummy. I am in mainland UK and I would love to win this giveaway.

Dan Caldon said...

I love Boursin! I'm a uk mainland resident. Thiese recipes look scrummy. I can't wait to try them

Mickie Bull said...

I'm a mainland UK resident, please enter me for this awesome giveaway!

joanna_kow said...

I live in Mainland UK. Count me in, please

grannybiker said...

I'm a UK mainland resident, (Deep in the woods, LOL!) and I'd love to win this as I also adore Boursin. Not tried the new one yet, so curious....

Alison said...

Im a UK resident, please could I enter the draw I love Boursin Products

Julie said...

I'm in the UK.
Would love to win this great prize, thanks very much for the competiton

buzylizzy said...

I am a UK resident and I love Boursin please add me in too. :)

Kathleen Hooper said...

I love the sound of the Sweet Potato, Fig and Nut Casserole.
I'm from mainland UK

pepicola said...

Would love to win - I am UK resident

Joanne Blunt said...

I'm in mainland UK. Thanks for a fab giveaway. I'd love to enter :)

mumjd said...

I live in mainland UK

Carolina said...

I LOVE BOURSIN!!! I live in Oxfordshire.

Emma said...

Would love to win all this! I live in mainland UK.

Hilary Grey said...

This mainland UK resident would love to win the bag of Boursin to brighten up my pasta for a virtually instant meal. :-)

Angie Hoggett said...

mmm I love the fig Boursin, tried it last year and have been craving it ever since! I'm from mainland UK xx

Rennene Hartland said...

what a great giveaway im a mainland UK resident.

Clare Wood said...

Looks Yum, I'm a mainland UK resident

LOUISA GOLDING said...

I hope I'm not too late, I love Boursin!I am a UK resident xx

Annie Cardy said...

Hello,

I am a UK resident and would love to win!! :)

Annie

diva1977 said...

them baked spuds look yummy

I am a mainland UK resident

tabitha67 said...

I cooked Thanksgiving dimmer for some American friends a few years ago and they brought a fruit salad, to be eaten as part of the main course! Slightly weird, but I guess no stranger than redcurrant jelly with lamb or apple sauce with pork.
I live mainland UK