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Potato, Bacon & Corn Hash

Some days you just hang on the fridge door gazing longingly into the depths and willing something interesting to pop up and shout “I’m delicious – cook me!”  I could only find a couple of potatoes sitting forlornly in the veggie crisper along with various bits and pieces so I decided to try to make Hash which seems to pop up in so many American movies (for some reason I always think potatoes and corn are an essential ingredient).  After a scout around the Internet I found the basics and was on my way…

The result was awesome and as I furtled through the pantry and the fridge I pulled together some quick and easy ingredients that magically turned into a terrific side dish.  The big tip is to always add about a tablespoon of butter at the end – it makes the end product so tasty and the texture is beautiful…  Vegetarians can omit the bacon but it really did add the most amazing flavour…  The ingredients below are enough for four as a side…

Corn and Potato Hash

Ingredients:

2 large potatoes cut into cubes

1 teaspoon onion salt

Pepper to taste

Olive oil

1 clove garlic grated

1 onion finely chopped

3 rashers streaky bacon finely sliced

2 small tins of corn kernels drained

6 baby Roma tomatoes sliced thickly

½ cup finely shredded fresh coriander (or parsley)

1 tablespoon butter

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Lightly coat the potato cubes in a small amount olive oil

Toss through the onion salt and some pepper

Place in a single layer on a roasting tray lined with baking paper to prevent sticking

Roast in an 180c fan-forced oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and cooked

In the meantime, fry the onion, garlic and bacon until brown and crisp in a small amount of olive oil

Throw in the potato cubes, corn, and chopped tomatoes

Add the coriander and butter and combine thoroughly

Season to taste

Serve piping hot as a side dish or with pasta and a main meal

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Potatoes Of The Night…

We laughingly call these “Potatoes Of The Night” because each time I make then it depends entirely on what I have in the fridge on the night…  I have used whole spring onions, parsley, red peppers, dill, thyme, zucchini, whole garlic cloves and rosemary.  It’s a terrific way of using up fresh herbs and the addition of the wine and tabasco gives it a real kick.  Also the onion goes crispy and burnt – try not picking the bits out of the pan when you serve them up!  It’s not possible…

We team these with salmon cutlets, fillet steaks or Chicken Kiev – they are sensational…

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Ingredients:

2 tablespoons good olive oil

1 large onion sliced

4 large potatoes

I bunch of coriander roughly chopped

2 tablespoons white wine

A good splash of Tabasco sauce

Salt & pepper to season

 

Method:

Slice your potatoes into eights if they are very large

Throw into a large roasting pan

Add the sliced onion and the coriander

Season with salt & pepper

Add in the olive oil and toss until everything is coated in a little oil

Bake at 180c fan-forced for around 40 minutes

Toss around now and then to prevent sticking

When cooked, add the white wine and Tabasco

Shake or gently stir to de-glaze the pan

Serve piping hot with your favorite meats or fish

 

Bon Appétit!   🙂

Simon’s Famous Potato Casserole

This potato casserole is wonderful.

Simon has basically tweaked a scalloped potato recipe over the years and has settled on the recipe below.  It is rich and creamy and meltingly delicious.  The quantities I have stated are for a really big casserole dish and can be easily modified if a smaller amount is required.

He uses a mandolin which is the best way of getting uniformly finely sliced potatoes.  Also he often uses a bag of frozen ready sliced onions which saves a lot of tears…

The leftovers freeze very well and we store them in 500g boxes in the freezer and serve as a side with fish or chicken or home-made meatballs so always have them at hand…

Simons Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

2 kilograms potatoes finely sliced

2 cans cream of chicken soup

12 slices Swiss cheese

1 tub sour cream

½ a soup can of white wine

4 onions thinly sliced

Butter

Panko crumbs for topping

Pinch paprika.

 

Method:

In a large jug mix together the cream of chicken soup, white wine and the sour cream

Finely slice potatoes – using a mandolin is the quickest and best method

Rub a large casserole dish with butter

Lay slices of potato to cover the base of the dish

Top with a layer of finely sliced onions

Continue until layer three then also top with a layer of cheese slices and a generous amount of the soup mixture

Continue layering and on the sixth layer include the cheese and cover the entire casserole with the remaining soup mixture.

Top with panko crumbs and a sprinkling of paprika

Bake in a 180c fan-forced oven for around 2 hours or until a skewer pierces them easily

If the top looks like it is getting too brown, cover with foil to prevent it burning.

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Delicious Pierogi

Pierogi are a filled dumpling usually found in Poland or Russia and can now be readily brought frozen from any very good deli.  The brand I buy is called Pelmeni and they are filled with spinach and ricotta cheese.  They also come filled with beef or chicken which we are also eager to try.

The pasta only take minutes to prepare and you can have a lovely authentic plate of deliciousness in no time at all…

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This is our favourite way of serving them…  If you omit the bacon it becomes a vegetarian meal – just add additional onions or mushrooms…  They can also be served without the sour cream – we were scoffing them straight out of the pan before we served them up!

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Ingredients:

Frozen Pelmeni Traditional Russian Pasta

1 finely chopped onion

4 rashers bacon, finely sliced into batons

3 tablespoons of sour cream

1 teaspoon of paprika (or to taste)

1 tablespoon finely chopped dill plus some extra for garnish

Salt & pepper to taste

Olive oil for frying

Method:

Boil the dumplings according to the packet – around 4-5 minutes

In the meantime fry the bacon and onion together in a little olive oil until crisp

Heat a large frying pan with a little olive oil and when very hot tip in the drained dumplings

Fry over a high heat until a little browned and tip in the onions & bacon tossing them through

Mix the sour cream, paprika, dill , salt & pepper together in a bowl

Serve the pasta/onions & bacon  with the sour cream mix spooned over the top

Garnish with fresh dill

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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