Hilal’s Potato Boats

I learned this recipe from Hilal, a beautiful Turkish woman and dear friend to my older sister. These potato boats are a straightforward, delicious appetizer.

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2 medium potatoes, peeled and boiled until fork tender
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 package puff pastry


Mix cooked potatoes, spices and cheese. It should look like mashed potatoes. Cut puff pastry into 3 strips, and then cut each strip into four rectangles and fill with 1-2 tsp potato filling. Pinch pastry ends together to make boats. Bake according to pastry instructions.

Note: Because I have a weakness for potatoes, I used far more filling than Hilal. To make boats like Hilal’s, use two packages of puff pastry and one tsp of filling per boat.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. […] the plate, but without the hassle of an apple pie. They are an excellent sweet option to serve with Hilal’s Potato Boats, especially as they share the same pastry […]

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