I was feeling a little uninspired last week when it came to dinner ideas for the week so I decided to revisit some of my favourite dinner recipes from when I was growing up. This Cheesy Potato Bake was one of my favourite sides (ok complete meal!) when I was a teenager and it was the
hangover comfort food on those days when I was craving something warm and hearty.
One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s made up of ingredients we already had in our pantry and fridge which is always a winning point for me. If you wanted to, you could try substituting some or all of the potato for sweet potato or maybe even sliced pumpkin pieces and you could even add some veggies into the mix to help boost the nutritional content. We were happy to stick with the traditional recipe and the boys demolished it along with their broccoli and sausages.
Cheesy Potato Bake
- 300 ml of pouring cream
- ⅔ cup of milk
- 1.5 kg of potatoes
- 2 brown onions
- 6 rashers of short cut bacon
- 1 cup of grated tasty cheese
- ¼ cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon of english mustard
- salt and pepper
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and lightly grease a 20cm square baking dish.
- Slice the onion and bacon into small pieces and set aside until needed
- Peel the potatoes and finely slice - I find the easiest way to do this is with a mandolin.
- Combine the mustard, milk and cream together in a jug and lightly whisk to mix the mustard through.
- Arrange ⅓ of the potatoes across the bottom of the baking dish, add ⅓ of the sliced bacon and onions along with ⅓ of the grated tasty cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add ⅓ of the combined milk and cream.
- Repeat the above step until you have three layers.
- Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the top of the cheesy potato bake before covering the baking dish with foil and placing it into the oven for 45 minutes to cook.
- After 45 minutes, remove the foil and bake for a further 25 minutes or until the top of the potato bake has browned and the potatoes have cooked through when tested with a skewer.
- Carefully remove the cheesy potato bake from the oven and serve.
Please note the cooking time may vary depending on how thick your potatoes are sliced.
What was your favourite dinner recipe growing up?