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Friday, February 29, 2008

Onion, bacon and potato hotpot revisited

Supper. An hour to go, and no idea what to cook. There were some bacon pieces in the fridge that needed eating up, lots of potatoes and onions in the larder. Thyme in the garden. Plenty of milk. Just not the 15-minutes-to-prepare plus two-hours-to-cook for my delicious onion bacon and potato hotpot. So here it is again, speeded up: 20 minutes to prepare, but now half an hour max to cook, just heat the oven up as high as you dare for really fast food.

Quicker onion bacon and potato hotpot

Salad potatoes
Sliced onions (or you could use a can of Eazy onions)
Some chopped bacon
White sauce (flavour with nutmeg if you like)
Finely chopped thyme

You need to start several cooking processes at once. Put water on to boil in a saucepan big enough to take your potatoes. Start to make your bechamel sauce. Slice onions (you need a similar quantity of onions and potatoes for this), and put them in a large pan on a low heat to start cooking in a little oil. Add the bacon just before your potatoes are ready to drain. Put the whole potatoes into the boiling water, and cook until they are not quite ready.

Drain the potatoes, slice them, and layer with onions thyme and bacon. Pour the white sauce over the top, drizzle with a little oil, and put into a hot oven (200C) for half an hour. Or hotter if you want it quicker - but keep a sharp eye on it.

Good with a salad.

Very good cold the next day. Or reheated (then you can cut it into restaurant-y rings) - say, half an hour in a moderate oven (180C).

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Fast or slow - well I'm pretty much easy if it's potatoes! Look and sounds terrific Joanna.

Anonymous said...

We are trying out your idea on a rocket pizza tonight - but this too looks fantastic.
I will be making this one night very very soon.
It has bacon whichmeans Freddie will love it!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

A lovely classic hotpot - looks like we'll be needing it next week as the weather gets colder!

KJ said...

This sounds delicious. It has all my favourite things in it. The fact that you can make it fast just makes it even better.

Anonymous said...

Great idea - sounds delicious - & quick & easy! Good way of finishing up the onions left in store.