I boiled up the potatoes until they were very soft then mashed them really well with loads of butter and quite a lot of milk.
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This came about after I had spent a couple of weeks in and out of hospital so had loads of potatoes left over that the rest of the family didn’t need having lived off pasta and takeaways.
Potatoes mashed with butter and milk
Bacon lardons optional
Onion finely chopped
Cheese – cheddar
In the meantime I had fried the bacon lardons and onions in a touch of butter then added the mixed herbs.
I then added a good teaspoon of marmite to the potato mix. It needs to colour it but not overpower the potato. Nobody should be able to realise what was added especially marmite haters such as my husband. Mix in really well, this just adds a wonderful depth to the taste.
I added the bacon mix at this point and mixed it all well.
Then add plenty of grated cheese – I always use cheddar as I have plenty but you could use red Leicester which would give great colour, or a vegetarian alternative.
Then arrange in a baking dish.
A good layer of spinach makes this a meal in itself. Add the potato mix as a complete layer. If you have a small deep dish you could do spinach, potato, spinach, potato. Then top it with another good covering of grated cheese.
This is now ready to pop into a hot oven 30 minutes before you are ready to serve.
A great filling warming dish, you could serve another vegetable or a salad with it. I served with a bowl of baked beans that I had added a teaspoon of curry powder to. I made enough for five but one child didn’t eat with us that night. It all disappeared.
Enjoy and let me know how you try yours.
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We like all families love Pizza but it becomes expensive to take a family of five out to a well known chain and have them cater for all our different tastes.
Occasionally instead of baking bread for lunch on a Saturday I will make pizza dough and then I can fill it with whatever I wish. This is not a quick grab it and go like a bought one might be, this takes time especially if like me you make your own pizza dough. I love the fact that I have control over what goes on and vegetables can be disguised easily for younger selective taste buds.
Pizza base bought or ready made
Tomato sauce – I do cheat here and buy the jars of pizza topping (although you can chop garlic and basil leaves, heat gently and add plum tomatoes till it thickens – cool slightly before adding to pizza base)
You can choose to put anything on top of your pizzas
Anchovies / capers / mozzarella / green olives (I didn’t have black) on one half and
Green peppars (roasted in olive oil and brown sugar) / mozzarella / slithers of ham / jalapeno peppers on the other half
Spanish Tapas – Serrano Ham / chorizo / Salami / Iberico Cheese / green peppers
The putting together is so easy and a great adventure for a cold wintery half-term morning to get the children to help (especially if you use the pre-prepared pizza base and jar of tomato sauce)
Spread the base with tomato sauce, quite thinly really so as not to lose the other flavours.
Then pick and choose which topping you want. Add them liberally according to taste.
Add to a hot oven 200°c and let them cook for about 25 – 30 minutes checking regularly especially towards the end. You will know they are nearly ready when the house fills with the glorious warm aroma enticing you back into the kitchen.
Let me know what different toppings you add to yours.
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